Guest Contributor: Gabrielle Kuiper

DER Specialist and IEEFA Guest Contributor, Gabrielle Kuiper is an energy, sustainability and climate change professional with over twenty years’ experience in the corporate world, government and non-government organisations and academia. She was previously the DER Strategy Specialist with the Energy Security Board. Prior to that Dr Kuiper held senior executive or senior advisory energy-related positions in the Office of the Australian Prime Minister, at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) and in the NSW Government.

IEEFA Australia: Ahead on solar, woefully behind on distributed energy resource standards

Making the right technical decisions about DER

Despite being ahead on rooftop solar installs, Australia is behind other jurisdictions (like Germany and California) in putting sensible governance arrangements in place for distributed energy resource (DER) technical standards. DER technical standards – covering smart devices including rooftop solar systems, air conditioners, electric vehicle (EV) chargers, pool pumps and the like – are designed […]

IEEFA Australia: ESB fails to deliver substantive progress on integration of distributed energy resources

It's time to think big about small-scale DER

The Energy Security Board’s (ESB’s) final post-2025 market design advice to Energy Ministers has been very controversial. First there was the unnecessary proposal for a capacity payment paid by electricity consumers to power stations not just for the electricity they generate, but also for the size of capacity installed in the plant, irrespective of how […]

IEEFA Australia: Solar export tax is two steps forward, one leap backwards for electricity consumers

An unhelpful “solution” to a problem that’s already been solved

A milestone decision announced yesterday requires electricity distribution networks (local poles and wires companies) to support energy exports from household rooftop solar systems, batteries, electric vehicles (EVs) and other consumer energy devices. IEEFA notes the Australian Energy Market Commission’s (AEMC) new rules are two steps forward, one leap backwards for electricity consumers. AEMC has made […]

IEEFA Australia: Five issues with demand response standard AS4755

Energy Ministers need to rethink how to mandate demand response for household appliances

As Australia’s electricity system transitions to variable renewable sources, the need for smart solutions such as demand response is increasing. Household demand response provides options to increase or decrease an appliance’s power consumption. It can also be used to change the flow of any onsite electricity generation, for example using excess solar generation to charge […]

IEEFA: Enforcing outdated Australian-only demand response standard not in consumers’ long term interest

Energy Ministers urged to rethink AS4755 standard against more beneficial, consumer-friendly international solutions

5 August 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Mandating a new Australian standard for pool pumps, air conditioners, electric storage water heaters and electric vehicle chargers will consign households to outdated technology, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Australia’s Energy Ministers have decided that various domestic appliances sold in the […]

IEEFA Australia: Reviewing access, pricing and incentive arrangements for distributed energy resources

Planning must begin for a zero-inertia zero-emissions electricity system

The Australian Energy Market Commission (AMEC) has sought assistance to make distributed energy resources an integrated part of the national electricity market (NEM) for the benefit of everyone. When the NEM operating on the east coast of Australia was designed, there was almost no rooftop solar or other small generation, demand response or storage in […]

IEEFA: Commercial and industrial rooftop solar installs set to increase in India

A new generation of technologies is making rooftop solar even more cost effective

28 July 2021 (IEEFA India): The rate of rooftop solar capacity addition by commercial and industrial (C&I) consumers in India is expected to accelerate this year, as new and innovative solar technology solutions provide opportunities for businesses to save on electricity costs and contribute to corporate renewable energy targets, finds a new report by the Institute […]

IEEFA Australia: From coal to inverters, AEMO’s engineering vision is ambitious and necessary

Regulators and governments must increase pace to match market operator's vision of 100% renewables by 2025

George Orwell wrote “Our civilisation is founded on coal … The machines keep us alive and the machines that make machines, are all directly or indirectly dependent upon coal”. From colonisation until recently, Australia too has been dependent on coal and gas and the large spinning turbines that turn these ancient, buried resources into electrons. […]

IEEFA Australia: ESB reform of electricity system needs to plan for a zero-emissions future

IEEFA's submission to the ESB post 2025 electricity market design options

Australia has a huge opportunity to become one of the first countries to fully transition to a zero-emissions electricity system. The nation stands to benefit financially by exporting technologies and know-how developed through the transition. The Energy Security Board (ESB) post 2025 market design process seeks to reform how the electricity system operates to integrate […]

IEEFA Australia: AEMO looks to smarter ways of managing abundant solar

Acknowledges need to move to more transparent mechanism developed with stakeholder input

Australia has a growing opportunity to change how we use electricity to make the most of abundant solar in the middle of the day. The question is how best to make use of this wonderful resource, while managing system security. South Australia is at the cutting edge of this opportunity. The proportion of South Australia’s […]