On June 15 2018, 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.
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 in late 2018, and a comprehensive white paper in 2019.
Overwhelming interest in Open Energy Networks has resulted in an extended consultation period for stakeholders to have their say; submissions will now be accepted until Friday 10 August 2018. Please respond to our consultation questions and provide written comments and feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Open Energy Networks Consultation Paper is available to view and download here.