Wholesale demand response (WDR) guidelines

Market National Electricity Market
StageDiscussion Paper
ConvenorAEMO NEM
Accepting submissions?Yes
Submissions close27/11/2020

AEMO is currently consulting on the development of the Wholesale Demand Response (WDR) Guidelines in accordance with the Rules consultation process in rule 8.9.  


Under the Wholesale Demand Response Mechanism (WDRM) rule change (ERC0247) in the National Electricity Market (NEM), AEMO is required to develop WDR Guidelines under clause 3.10.1 of the National Electricity Rules (NER). The initial guidelines must be made and published by 24 June 2021, being four months before the date of commencement of the WDRM, in accordance with clause 11.125.2(a)(1) of the NER.

AEMO established the WDR Guidelines Technical Working Group (WDRG‑TWG) to enable effective dialogue between AEMO and stakeholders on matters related to the development of the WDR Guidelines.  The topics covered in the Issues Paper have been discussed with stakeholders at WDRG‑TWG meetings on 11 August 2020 and 12 October 2020, and stakeholder feedback has informed the preparation of the Issues Paper. Meeting packs and meeting notes for the WDRG-TWG are available here.

The consultation process

Consultation timeline


Indicative Date


Issues Paper published

22 October 2020 


Submissions to Issues Paper due

27 November 2020


Draft Determination and Draft Guidelines published

24 December 2020


Submissions due on Draft Determination and Draft Guidelines

5 February 2021 


Final Determination and Final Guidelines published

25 March 2021


Invitation to make submissions

AEMO invites written submissions on the matter under consultation, including any alternative or additional proposals you consider may better meet the objectives of this consultation and the National Electricity Objective in section 7 of the National Electricity Law.  

This consultation seeks feedback on the proposed requirements and processes related to the WDR mechanism, and the questions raised in the Issues Paper.

Please identify any parts of your submission that you wish to remain confidential, and explain why.  AEMO may still publish that information if it does not consider it to be confidential, but will consult with you before doing so. 

Please note that material identified as confidential may be given less weight in the decision-making process than material that is published.


In your submission, you may request a meeting with AEMO to discuss the matter under consultation, stating why you consider a meeting is necessary or desirable.

If appropriate, meetings may be held jointly with other Consulted Persons. Subject to confidentiality restrictions, AEMO will generally make details of matters discussed at a meeting available to other Consulted Persons, and may publish them.

Please note that AEMO is planning to hold at least one further WDRG-TWG meeting during the first submission period.

Closing date and time

Submissions in response to the Notice of Consultation should be sent by email to wdr@aemo.com.au, to reach AEMO by 5.00pm (Melbourne time) on 27 November 2020.

All submissions must be forwarded in electronic format (either pdf or Word).  Please send any queries about this consultation to the same email address. 

Submissions received after the closing date and time will not be valid, and AEMO is not obliged to consider them.  Any late submissions should explain the reason for lateness and the detriment to you if AEMO does not consider your submission.


All submissions will be published on AEMO’s website, other than confidential content. 

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