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Peak Demand Reduction Scheme

The Peak Demand Reduction Scheme (PDRS) was established in September 2021 to reduce peak electricity demand in NSW.  

We will achieve this by incentivising households and businesses to reduce energy consumption during hours of peak demand. This will be done through a certificate scheme which will begin in the summer of 2022-23.   

By reducing peak demand on an industrial scale, we can also reduce pressure on wholesale electricity prices across NSW. In addition, households and businesses across NSW could also save a total of $1.2 billion on their bills between 2022 and 2040. 

This scheme will also help NSW achieve its net zero emissions target while ensuring we provide a safe and reliable electricity system.  

Find out more about the PDRS

Learn how the Peak Demand Reduction Scheme (PDRS) aims to reduce energy usage across NSW during hours of peak demand.

Find out how the Safeguard schemes have developed in recent years. 

Learn more about exemptions for the PDRS and the ESS. 

The following resources can help you find out more about the Energy Security Safeguard and its 3 schemes.

Get involved

This is the first of many opportunities to get involved with the scheme.  

We look forward to collaborating with industry through targeted research, stakeholder engagement, and prototyping activities. We will provide regular updates about these activities on our website and via email.  

If you have any questions about the PDRS, please contact us at sustainability@environment.nsw.gov.au

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