Australia needs to drastically overhaul its power market in order to harness and benefit from the country’s skyrocketing rooftop solar and battery market, according to the Clean Energy Council (CEC).
More than half of Australia's homes are forecast to have solar PV systems by 2050, and distribution network service providers, regulators, state and territory governments and policymakers need to revamp existing policies and systems to cater to the boom, according to a new report from the clean energy lobby group.
Existing electricity distribution networks were not designed for the present solar boom, the report reads, and Australia needs "new rules to mandate technological capability and new markets to make best use of the capabilities already at our disposal."
It asks that distribution network service providers (DNSPs) require inverters to have Volt-Watt and Volt-Var response capability as a condition of system grid connection. DNSPs that have already adopted static zero-export limitations should invest in network intelligence and move toward dynamic export limitations, the report says, adding that DSNPs should transition to more “cost-reflective” network tariffs, like time-of-use or demand-based charging.
According to the document, connection agreements should allow for the dynamic engagement of distributed energy resources (DER) in the power system, and energy customers should have a right to initiate a review of their connection agreement and the opportunity to receive a better deal. The CEC would support multi-sided trading platforms as a means of enhancing system optimisation and customer benefits of DER uptake.
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06 September 2019