Rule Change: Open
The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has published a consultation paper on the Australian Energy Market Operator’s (AEMO) rule change request that aims to unlock consumer energy resources (CER) benefits through flexible trading.
AEMO proposes to introduce flexible trading by enabling consumers to have their CER separately metered and therefore treated independently in market settlements, allowing consumers to engage with multiple service providers if they choose to.
The proposed rule change request builds on the work and recommendations from the final advice of the Energy Security Board’s (ESB) post-2025 market design.
Consumers are increasingly connecting CER devices such as batteries, rooftop solar, and electric vehicle chargers. CER is now a fundamental component of the power system and is expected to play an increasingly important role in the transformation of the energy system to a decentralised, digitalised and net-zero system.
As the uptake of CER continues, there is a growing need to also achieve effective market and technical integration of CER in the National Electricity Market (NEM). Better integration of CER can help customers – both households and businesses – who own CER get better value from their resources and enable the electricity system and markets to operate more efficiently, reliably, and securely in a manner that benefits all consumers.
We have consulted with stakeholders and sought stakeholder views and feedback on the:
- opportunities presented by CER, barriers and solutions for flexible trading, and
- AEMO’s specific rule change proposal to introduce secondary settlement points.
Submissions to the consultation paper closed on 16 February 2023. We are preparing a Directions Paper, with anticipated publication in July.