Our Electricity Consumption Widget, sponsored by the ECA

Thanks for following through on the link provided in the Electricity Consumption Widget (which we developed with the sponsorship of Energy Consumers’ Australia).

Here’s that widget again, for your convenience:



We are pleased to be able to work with the ECA team to assist the ECA’s stakeholders (firstly energy consumers themselves, but also advocates and others) to progressively learn about electricity consumption patterns across the main electricity grids across Australia.



This widget was first released in June 2016.

We would like to continue developing this widget over time – and we would be grateful for whatever feedback you can provide us to guide its ongoing development.



It shows, for each region of Australia’s National Electricity Market (NEM) and the South-West Interconnected System (SWIS)of Western Australia, a measure of electricity consumption:

  • In the east, the NEM covers only ½ of the Australian land-mass but accounts for roughly 90% of electricity consumed across the country.
  • In the west, the WEM is the largest grid (in energy terms) in the rest of the country, supplying the city of Perth and surrounding areas of south-western WA.

The widget shows an instantaneous rate of consumption (i.e. MWh per hour – or simply MW) and utilises data published by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO):

  • For the NEM (in the east) the widget shows electricity consumption using the “DEMAND_AND_NONSCHEDGEN” figure from the AEMO’s MMS infoserver DISPATCHREGIONSUM table. This equates to what the AEMO loosely defines as “Operational Demand”.
  • In WA, the widget shows consumption using the “Operation Load Estimate” figure from the WA AEMO Operational Measurements. The operational load is the average of the point-in-time estimates of the total load in the SWIS.

The NEM operates in Australian Eastern Standard Time (i.e. no daylight savings – so Brisbane time) and this is the time stamp given to the AEMO data displayed. The WEM operates in Australian Western Standard Time (i.e. Perth time).

All data is shown as close to your current viewing time as possible.



This widget has been developed as a companion to our NEM-Watch™ software application.

NEM-Watch™ is a dashboard application that most of a diverse range of clients run 24×7 to enable them to keep an eye on how the NEM is operating.

In this portal here, we explain how clients use NEM-Watch to assist with:
(a) Situational Awareness
(b) Active Analysis
(c) Education and training; and
(d) More effective communication

NEM-Watch™ is just one of the software products developed by us at GLOBAL-ROAM Pty Ltd (a company focused on making the complexity in energy markets understandable to a broad range of people since 2000).



Perhaps we can help you through the development, for you, of a widget that focuses on a particular point of interest you have in the competitive energy market?

If so, please let us know: