Distributed Energy Resources - Initial Standard

Market National Electricity Market
StageFirst Stage
ConvenorAEMO NEM
Accepting submissions?Yes
Submissions close29/09/2020

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) is conducting a consultation on the contents of the initial Distributed Energy Resource (DER) minimum technical standard (the ‘Initial Standard’).

This consultation is being conducted alongside the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) rule change consultation on establishing DER technical standards, and in accordance with the National Electricity Rules (NER) Consultation Procedure in clause 8.9 of the NER. The Initial Standard may need to be adapted in accordance with the AEMC’s final rule determination.


In March 2020, the Council of Australian Government Energy Council (COAG EC) tasked the Energy Security Board (ESB) and AEMO to develop a rule change request that establishes in the National Electricity Market the initial minimum distributed energy resource (DER) technical standards in 2020, and to develop mirror requirements in Western Australia. At the same time, the ESB was also tasked with considering the future governance arrangements for DER technical standards.

To meet the COAG EC timeframes for a nationally consistent standard to be established this year, market bodies are seeking to collaborate with industry to progress:

  1. An AEMC rule change process to enable the enacting of initial minimum DER technical standards;
  2. The content of the initial DER minimum technical standards (the subject of this consultation) to be published with the final Rule determination; and
  3. The development of the ongoing new governance arrangements for the DER technical standards by the ESB, noting a second round of consultations is likely in August.

This consultation addresses the content of an Initial Standard to be made under the rule, should this come into effect.

Indicative Consultation Timeline


Indicative Date


First Stage

Issues Paper and Notice of Consultation

24 August 2020

In progress

Submissions Close

29 September 2020

In progress

Second Stage

Draft Initial Standard and Second stage notice*

27 October 2020

To be commenced

Submissions Close*

11 November 2020

To be commenced

Final Standard ready to be published**

23 December 2020

To be commenced

* Timing based on standard consultation process without meeting requests. **Final publication of the standard is dependent upon AEMC considerations of AEMO’s DER minimum technical standards rule change request.

Please reach out to DERProgram@aemo.com.au if you have any questions.


AEMO proposes to hold digital stakeholder forums between 9 September to 16 September 2020 to provide an opportunity for discussion regarding the issues paper published on 24 August 2020.

AEMO seeks expressions of interested from stakeholders who wish to participate in the digital forums to discuss the content of the Issues Paper and related information. Expressions of interest should be provided prior to 7 September via DERProgram@aemo.com.au

Further digital stakeholder forums will be held during the second stage notice with dates to be provided following conclusion of the first stage consultation. This will provide further opportunity to discuss the content of the draft initial standard.

AEMO will publish details of matters discussed at each meeting and will consider feedback provided as part of the forum as a verbal submission.

First Stage Consultation Documents

AEMO invites comments on the proposed changes contained within the Notice of First Stage of Consultation and Issues Paper.

Submissions should be forwarded to AEMO by 5:00pm (AEST) on Tuesday 29 September 2020.

This consultation references a consultation to support the South Australian fast track of the same inverter energy system capabilities proposed for the initial standard.

The outcome of this consultation was publication of the final VDRT test procedure.


All written submissions must be provided digitally and sent by email to DERProgram@aemo.com.au. Submissions must be received by AEMO by 5:00pm (AEST) on the day specified in the consultation timeline.

Public submissions will be published 1 week after submission close date. Any confidential submissions must be clearly marked, or any confidential information within a submission should be clearly marked to make clear to AEMO so that confidentiality can be maintained.

Verbal submissions will be noted by AEMO and published alongside written submissions. Confidentiality of verbal submissions must also be made clear so that AEMO can exclude this from publication.

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