DER Standards and connections

AEMO’s Standards and Connections workstream aims to uplift Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and associated device level capabilities to adequately support energy system security and provide Australian energy consumers with the opportunity to unlock the full value of their DER investments and benefits derived from integrating DER into the electricity grid.

The following activities comprise this workstream:

DER Minimum technical standards rule change proposal:

In March 2020, following COAG Energy Council endorsement, AEMO in conjunction with the Energy Security Board (ESB) submitted a rule change to the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) proposing that a set of nationally consistent minimum technical standards for DER is established. The aim is to ensure that all DER across the NEM meet minimum levels of capability that are required to:

  • Support the security and reliability of the energy system
  • Enable access to future energy marketplaces and DER services for energy consumers
  • Allow all energy users to benefit from having access to reliable energy at the lowest cost possible by more efficiently integrating DER into the power system

To meet the COAG EC timeframes for nationally consistent standards, the following processes are currently being undertaken:

  1. An AEMC rule change process to enable the enacting of initial minimum DER technical standards;
  2. A consultation led by AEMO to determine the content of the initial DER minimum technical standards to be published with the final Rule determination; and
  3. The ESB’s is developing new ongoing governance arrangements for establishing future DER technical standards.

Consultation details on the content of the initial DER minimum technical standards are available here:

AEMO and the ESB are also collaborating with reform bodies, government and stakeholders on mirroring these arrangements in Western Australia.

DEIP Standards, Data and Interoperability Working Group:

The DEIP ‘Standards, Data and Interoperability Working Group’ brings together a broad range of industry stakeholders and consumer group representatives to develop specific requirements around the standards, data and interoperability capabilities for DER. This working group will collaborate with all aspects of the DER Program, with key findings and outcomes feeding into the DEIP Market Development stream and DER initiatives across the industry.  

Benefits of the Standards and Connections Workstream

Optimal DER technical performance means the DER devices have state-of-the-art capabilities that allow energy systems to stay connected during disturbances, provide autonomous frequency and voltage response, and offer the necessary interoperability and cyber protections to deliver a two-sided marketplace for consumers.

Key collaboration partners of this workstream include:

  • Distributed Network Service Providers (DNSPs)
  • Standards Australia and associated committee members
  • Consumer advocacy groups
  • Energy retailers
  • Data providers
  • Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)
  • Clean Energy Council
  • Governments (Federal, State and Territory)
  • Universities and cyber research agencies
  • Regulators (Australian Energy Regulator and Clean Energy Regulator)

Australian energy consumers will benefit from these new and consistent Standards through a sustained secure and reliable energy supply in a high-DER energy environment.  These activities also benefit consumers as they mitigate additional costs required to expand the energy system with high DER penetration and will embed functionality in DER devices that allows consumers to better manage their energy costs through their DER investments in a two-sided energy marketplace.

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