Opportunities for network capacity
The Network Opportunity Maps (NOM) provide consistent, transparent annual planning data to identify opportunities for distributed generation, energy storage and other non-network solutions to address network capacity constraints and reduce costs for customers. The latest maps were released in July 2019 with the next series due for release Q3 2019.
Network Opportunity Maps
What are the Network Opportunity Maps?
NOM includes spatial data from all electricity network businesses on network constraints, planned investment and the potential value of distributed energy resources to provide network services across the Australian National Electricity Market (NEM).
Electricity Networks have reported this data in their Distribution Annual Planning Reports (DAPRs), and more recently on each network business’ website in digital format. The Network Opportunity Maps brings this data together in a consistent format across jurisdictions, to make it more visible and meaningful for those seeking to understand areas of opportunity to provide network services or connecting new sources of renewable generation.
NOM highlights opportunities for the integration of clean energy in the grid and works towards common digital markets for cost-effective alternatives to building capital-intensive infrastructure, in alignment with the Electricity Network Transformation Roadmap.
NOM will make it easier for networks and proponents of non-network alternatives to network investment to develop a common understanding of the potential value of reducing peak electricity demand in different parts of the network. By consolidating this information, NOM aims to build the market for distributed energy resources and reduce costs for all customers and help electricity networks to identify opportunities to avoid additional network investment.
Importantly, the maps can assist non-network service providers to identify opportunities for developing distributed generation and storage and other non‑network solutions.