AEMO welcomes the release of the Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Roadmap by the Western Australian (WA) Government’s Energy Transformation Taskforce.
DER are consumer-owned devices that can generate (rooftop solar) or store electricity (batteries, electric vehicles), or have 'smart' capabilities to actively manage energy usage (air conditioners, pool pumps, etc).
The DER Roadmap comes at a time when WA’s energy ecosystem is rapidly transforming towards a decentralised, scalable two-way power system, as increasing numbers of households and businesses invest in solar generation and energy storage capabilities.
“The growth of renewable generation in the South West Interconnected System (SWIS), like the National Electricity Market (NEM), continues to drive a paradigm shift in the power system,” said AEMO Managing Director and CEO, Audrey Zibelman.
“Australia’s world-leading adoption of rooftop solar presents both operational challenges and exciting opportunities. The WA DER Roadmap will help the WA energy industry and consumers unlock the benefits of an energy future that is decentralised, democratised and digitalized.”
The Roadmap outlines a five-year plan of actions required to meet these opportunities and challenges, including approaches to overcome technical, regulatory, and market barriers to better integrate DER into the SWIS.
The Roadmap aligns with recommendations made in AEMO’s Integrating Utility scale Renewables and Distributed Energy Resources in the SWIS analysis published in 2019. AEMO collaborated with the WA Government and industry stakeholders in the design of the DER Roadmap.
“AEMO welcomes the release of the DER Roadmap. It will help ensure consumers continue to gain the benefits from DER while supporting the delivery of safe, reliable, secure and affordable energy for WA moving forward,” Ms Zibelman said.
To deliver on the DER Roadmap AEMO will work together with Energy Policy WA, Western Power, Horizon Power, Synergy, and an extensive network of industry partners and agencies.
“The WA energy industry is coming together to manage the impacts COVID-19 may have on the power system due to changing electricity usage. This roadmap will help support and focus our efforts.”
If ever there was a time to ensure the energy industry is harnessing the benefits of new technology, it is now, as we deal with the resilience challenges of both extreme weather and the global COVID-19 pandemic,” said Ms Zibelman.