So myself and @asmallchild will look at doing something for those on Spot power pricing since there is a current gap.
- Notification based events (via Pushbullet, email (maybe) and a Geekzone notification) and integration with IFTTT - Initially this may only be a threshold price we decide on to make it easy for a start.
- Programmed in Node + PHP (for the web frontend).
- Designed to be simple for the end user to more give them a reliable notification of when power pricing is abnormal.
How we'll look at doing this:
1) Query the API every 5min - if the power is spiking over lets say 15-20c/kW to send a notification.
2) Whilst it is spiking don't spam notifications - instead, only notify if it gets far worse (30c+/kW).
3) Provide a quick and easy to read web frontend to current spot power pricing (likely in Bootstrap so it is light).
4) Post in a Geekzone thread if power pricing is looking bad. I need to check with this.
5) Can potentially sort by region or work out the average price NZ wide (to make it easy). Basically want a solution you can use to get a better notification than anything else provides right now.
Hopefully by doing this we can automate things in the home much easier (with IFTTT) and lower the price of peoples power bills by providing reliable notifications using a real push mechanism.
This is an excellent idea that I would be interested in being involved at the user end. Might be worth sending notifications not only if price spikes get worse but also when they go below a threshold? Also, you might want to consider looking at the accumulation of five minute prices rather than single five-min spikes.
I wish you could get a hold of the upcoming price forecasts because that provides another level of response from Flick customers. For instance, if the price looks like spiking at dinner time I could choose not to use the oven or even go elsewhere for dinner!