Distributed Energy Resources

Australia faces challenges and opportunities to successfully integrate Distributed Energy Resources (DER) in its electricity system. DER include controllable hot water systems and air conditioning, rooftop solar, battery storage and electric vehicles. DER are a growing part of the electricity system and the energy market institutions are working together to ensure all consumers benefit through efficient integration of DER. DER integration can be categorised into ‘technical and operational’, ‘market and business model’, and ‘regulatory and planning’ challenges and their potential solutions

The ESB has developed a DER Integration Workplan of priority actions focussed on technical, regulatory and market integration. Many of these actions are already underway and the energy market institutions are working collaboratively on implementing the Workplan with the ESB, including through the Distributed Energy Integration Program (DEIP). The DEIP is a collaborative program of work initiated by ARENA, involving the energy market institutions, industry, academic and consumer bodies. In addition, market integration of DER is part of the ESB’s broader post-2025 review of energy markets.

For more information, please contact the ESB’s DER Strategy Specialist at Gabrielle.Kuiper@esb.gov.au

ESB DER Integration Workplan October 2019

ESB DER Integration updated Workplan April 2020

ESB DER Integration Roadmap and Workplan September 2020

ESB DER Workplan Quarterly Report February 2020

ESB DER Workplan Quarterly Report June 2020

Review of Governance of DER Technical Standards

LV Voltage Report

Distribution-Level Storage Report