With the recent success of an electricity demand management trial and the Beat the Peak advertising campaign in summer 2007, Western Power is once again looking to find ways to implement energy solutions in the southwest network to reduce peak demand and provide environmental benefits.

Western Power has projects in the area currently underway, including an appliance inventory audit and an energy efficiency audit. Mark Laeter, Western Power’s general manager, said that the audits were aimed at understanding the energy profile for the area.

Mr Laeter said: This will help us understand what the high energy use appliances are during peak periods. In Perth, for example, we know that air conditioners are the biggest contributor to peak electricity consumption.