Open Energy Networks

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

In June 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.

The project proposes some hypothetical models or “worlds” to guide our thinking and analysis to improve the electricity system. We also seek to ensure Distributed Energy Resources (DER) like household solar and storage work in harmony to deliver the most value for all customers.

A final recommendation report will be released later in 2019 that details a cost-benefit analysis for each of the four “strawman” frameworks identified and makes a recommendation for the steps required to implement changes in the current environment to deliver benefits for all.

Open interim report cover

Interim Report – Required Capabilities and Recommended Actions

After an extensive, nation-wide stakeholder engagement program we released the Required Capabilities and Recommended Actions Report in July 2019. This report describes how all customers may 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.

Interim Report

Submissions and Consultation

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

Consultation Response Paper