Demand response

Our demand response programme

What is demand response?

Demand response allows electricity consumers to respond to a signal from an organisation, like Transpower, to reduce their electricity demand for a period of time in exchange for a payment.

It’s a win-win situation where consumers get compensated for their involvement and see lower charges long term, while helping Transpower manage demand on the grid.

To learn more about demand response and what our participants have to say, check out our introductory video:


Demand response mobile app

Our demand response app is intuitive and makes it as easy as possible for you to help us get the power needed to the right place.

The demand response app explains demand response, allows you to register your interest in the programme, and participate in demand response events.

The demand response app is available on iOS and Android platforms. The app will work with mobile phones as well as tablets. You can download it from the App Store or Google Play.

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How demand response works

Demand response allows electricity consumers to reduce their electricity demand for a period of time in exchange for a payment.

Sometimes there are substantial, short-term increases in electricity demand. Changes like these may trigger the need for additional investment in New Zealand's electricity transmission network – a cost that is passed on to all New Zealanders.

Managing such peaks in demand can be an alternative to that investment, and we are testing the capability of the market to provide demand response as a way to carry out this management.