Solar Battery and Embedded Generation

About the Distributed Energy Resources Register

 

What is the Distributed Energy Resources Register?

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Register is a database of information that contains technical information about all customers’ small generating or battery systems installed on the electricity distribution network. A DER includes the following types of embedded generators:

Why is the AEMO DER Register being introduced?

The data gathered in AEMO’s DER register aims to increase the visibility of these types of systems across all electricity networks to support a consistent approach of reporting that will enable Distribution Network Service Providers (DNSPs) and AEMO to plan, forecast and manage the grid across the National Electricity Market (NEM) more efficiently.

When will the DER Register become effective?

While it is expected that the DER Register will be in place containing historical data on or close to 1 December, availability of full functionality in terms of creating new records and connecting with DNSP customer connection processes has been delayed until 2020.

Ausgrid and the other DNSPs are currently working with the AEMO with a view to have a functional system available to installers as soon as practical in 2020. Ausgrid and the AEMO will provide timeline updates on our websites when new information becomes available.

Ausgrid and the AEMO will also provide further information outlining the new processes that will apply to customers, connection applicants and installers acting on their behalf closer to the revised effective date.

What does this mean for applicants of embedded generation connections?

What is not changing (before or after the DER Register effective date):

Ausgrid’s current connection application process and connection application forms for embedded generation remains the same. There are no extra steps, changes or new charges at the time you apply for an embedded generation connection for your customer.

What is changing (after the DER Register effective date):

Customers, connection applicants or installers acting on their behalf will be required to provide details of the installed DER equipment directly to the AEMO DER Register via the AEMO installer portal or via smart device applications. More details on this new process will follow closer to the DER Register effective date. An overview of the new process is provided below.

 

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