A Joint Energy Networks Australia and Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) Project

On 22 July 2019, Required Capabilities and Recommended Actions Report was released. This report describes how all customers can benefit from fully integrating customer solar, battery and controllable devices into the electricity grid, and outlines the capabilities and actions required to start the process.

Energy Networks Australia and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) launched 'Open Energy Networks', a joint consultation seeking stakeholder input on how best to integrate Distributed Energy Resources (DER) into Australia's electricity grid on June 15 2018.

Open Energy Networks proposes options for improving the electricity system to ensure household solar and storage work in harmony and deliver the most value for all customers.

A nation-wide stakeholder engagement program including workshops and briefings in capital cities, live webinars and an extended submission period has encouraged input from diverse, broad-ranging collaborators with representation from the energy sector, governments, private enterprise and community groups.

Open Energy Networks seeks to integrate solar and energy storage into electricity networks in ways that help ensure quality and reliability of supply and lower household power bills.

The key deliverables of this consultation process are a 'first steps, no regrets' actions report and a comprehensive white paper, both to be delivered in early 2019.

Overwhelming interest in Open Energy Networks resulted in extensive feedback from a wide range of stakeholders; submissions can be viewed here

The Open Energy Networks Consultation Paper is available to view here.

A final recommendation report will be released later in 2019 that details a cost-benefit analysis for each of the four frameworks and makes a recommendation for a preferred framework and the steps required to implement a set of arrangements for distribution markets to deliver benefits for all.