Smurf1976 wrote:I should point out that I'm referring to large industries which buy directly from the generator (not via a retailer) and which are connected directly to the transmission network.
A very good exmple of that is the Victorian Portland Smelter it one of the single largest power users in the state and one of the things that gets cutoff under various load shedding aggreements, been around since it was built.
Smurf1976 wrote:Individual consumption of these customers ranges from 100,000 kW to over 300,000 kW on a 24/7/365 basis apart from the 1 or 2% of the time that supply is switched off.
Typically still through retailers actually, we used to be right in that bracket for power use (Small Computer data centre), once you get over 160,000 kWh's the rate per kWh drops suddenly even through a retailer it's only once you get over about 1,000,000 kWh's (1gWh) it's really worth seriously considering there are a bunch of other charges that small consumers do not see that direct have to pay, such as "distributor network access charge" something like a minimum of $12,500.00 might be more now per annum for one, there's a couple of others that are are pretty well fixed so you have to be able to cover them before it's worth going direct to the National Elecricity Market system now.
Technically it's still on topic