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Access, pricing and incentive arrangements for distributed energy resources (ERC0311) - AEMC draft determination

May 31, 2021
Gabrielle Kuiper
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Key Findings

Treating export services as a distribution service is a necessary and important step in the energy transition

Consumers need to be confident in the export services provided by Distribution Network Service Providers 

The focus should be on urgent issues of distributed energy resource integration.

Executive Summary

The Australian Energy Market Commission (AMEC) is to be commended for seeking to help make distributed energy resources (DER) an integrated part of the national electricity system for the benefit of everyone. When the National Electricity Market (NEM) was designed, there was almost no rooftop solar or other small generation, demand response or storage in the system. The National Electricity Law (NEL) and Rules (NER) for distribution networks were focused on efficient one-way flows of electricity from large generators to homes and businesses. No responsibility for the efficient or effective integration of DER was incorporated into the responsibilities of Distribution Network Service Providers (DNSPs). Now that over 2.7 million homes in the NEM have solar systems installed on their rooftops, such responsibility is well overdue for inclusion in the NER.

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Gabrielle Kuiper

Dr Gabrielle Kuiper is a distributed energy resources (DER) specialist and guest contributor. She analyses and writes about rooftop solar, batteries and electric vehicles, smart appliances and all of the exciting developments happening behind-the-meter and in distribution networks.

She has more than 20 years’ experience in the corporate world, government and non-government organisations and academia, working in a range of organisations from the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) to the Office of the Australian Prime Minister.

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