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