Rule Change: Open

Overview

On 26 June 2018 the AEMC published a draft rule to establish a register of distributed energy resources (DER). The register would give the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and network service providers (NSPs) visibility of where DER devices are connected so they can plan and operate the power system more efficiently.
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On 26 June 2018 the AEMC published a draft rule to establish a register of distributed energy resources (DER). The register would give the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and network service providers (NSPs) visibility of where DER devices are connected so they can plan and operate the power system more efficiently.

The draft rule:

  • places an obligation on AEMO to establish, maintain and update a register of DER devices in the national electricity market (NEM), including small scale battery storage systems and solar 
  • requires NSPs to request from their customers the specific DER information outlined by AEMO in guidelines (through the network connection process and deemed standard connection contract) and provide this to AEMO
  • introduces a data sharing framework that obliges AEMO to share disaggregated data regarding the locational and technical characteristics of devices in the DER register with network businesses in relation to their network areas, subject to privacy laws and protected information provisions in the National Electricity Law
  • places an obligation on AEMO to periodically report publicly relevant information from the DER register at an appropriate level of aggregation
  • allows AEMO to provide DER register information to an emergency services agency if requested for the purposes of that agency's response to an emergency or for planning in relation to emergency responses.

Submissions to the draft determination and draft rule are due by 7 August 2018.

Background

On 5 October 2017 the AEMC received a rule change request from the COAG Energy Council to amend the National Electricity Rules and the National Energy Retail Rules.

The rule change request sought to improve the collection and sharing of information about small-scale behind the meter distributed energy resources in the NEM. 

On 6 March 2018 the AEMC published a consultation paper for the register of distributed energy resources rule change. 25 submissions were received on the consultation paper.

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