Irrigation managed trial plan - FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible for the Irrigation Managed Trial? In order to sign up for the Irrigation Managed Trial, you will need to meet the following criteria:

1. Your electricity retailer must support the Irrigation Managed Trial product.

2. You will need to have a smart (AMI) meter and provide EA Networks with consent for your electricity retailer to provide half hourly data each month to EA Networks.

3. Your ICP(s) is currently on our irrigation product (ISCH).

(EA Networks reserves the right to accept or decline a request for an ICP to join the managed trial.)

How to sign up for Irrigation Managed Trial?

Step 1 - Contact your electricity retailer to check that they provide the product option.

Step 2 - Request the switch by specifying the ICP number(s) that you would like to place on the trial. This request must be made no later than 10th November 2019.

Note – The trial will commence on 1 November 2019 and end on 31st October 2020.

What happens next?

Your electricity retailer will notify EA Networks of the change - you do not need to contact us directly. Your retailer will be required to provide us with half hourly profile data on a monthly basis which confirms that you have not used any energy during the specified periods for management. How much could your rebate be? Your rebate is calculated on the chargeable capacity of your site. 10 cents is paid for every kW per day avoided during the specified periods. For example - If your chargeable capacity was 100kW and you did not use energy during any of the specified periods, your monthly rebate would be about $300.

Rebates are paid monthly (for the previous month) via your retail electricity account. This is on the condition that no energy usage has occurred during any of the specified peak periods. See ‘Terms and Conditions’ for full details.

Does the trial have limitations?

The trial is limited to a maximum group size of 10MW of chargeable capacity. Customers are enrolled on a first come first served basis.

What happens if you do irrigate during the specified period?

If you use energy during peak periods, no rebate will be paid and your connection will be ineligible for any future rebates during the trial period. Note - Previously paid monthly rebates are not clawed back.

How does EA Networks monitor electricity use?

We use the half-hourly data from your retailer to review energy consumption patterns across the previous month. If the data shows that your ICP(s) have been inactive (no energy used) during all of the specified periods you will be eligible to receive the applicable rebate.

Can I control my irrigation equipment independently?

Yes, you can choose to use a Ripple Relay to independently control your irrigation equipment and automate the control period. Any work associated with this must be done at your own expense. Please contact your electricity retailer or EA Networks to discuss further.