Wholesale demand response (WDR) guidelines

Market National Electricity Market
StageDiscussion Paper
ConvenorAEMO NEM
Accepting submissions?No

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

AEMO has published a Draft Report and draft WDR Guidelines, which marks the commencement of the second stage of consultation. 

AEMO invites written submissions on the matters 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.  

Submissions in response to the Draft Report should be sent by email to wdr@aemo.com.au, to reach AEMO by 5.00pm (Melbourne time) on 19 February 2021. 

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. 

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. 


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

21 January 2021


Submissions due on Draft Determination and Draft Guidelines

19 February 2021 


Final Determination and Final Guidelines published

25 March 2021



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

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