Standards and connections

AEMO has commenced the Standards and Connections workstream to adequately support energy system security and provide Australian consumers with the capabilities required to unlock the full value of their DER investments and benefits derived from integrating DER into the electricity grid.

This workstream aims to deliver uplifted or new Australian Standards to improve the performance and capability of DER consistently across the energy system that align with international best practices. In addition, the workstream engages Distributed Network Service Providers to understand the challenges faced in a high-DER environment and collaboratively design solutions (including Standards and Connections) accordingly.

The following activities comprise the workstream

  • uplifting existing Australian Standards (AS/NZS4777.2 and AS4755) and crafting new Australian Standards to ensure optimal DER performance capabilities in support of energy system security, and opening of new energy markets and services
  • new standards which provide interoperability and cyber security protection of the energy system at a device level
  • collaborating with DNSPs to include relevant Standards in their network connection agreements
  • improving compliance frameworks to support correct application of the Standards, and
  • publishing reports on the impact DER is having on the energy system, the technical options required to mitigate risks, and the resulting consumer benefits 

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 inter-operability and cyber protections to deliver a two-sided marketplace for consumers.

Key collaboration partners of this workstream include:

  • Standards Australia and associated committee members
  • Consumer advocacy groups
  • Energy retailers
  • Data providers
  • Distributed Network Service Providers (DNSPs)
  • 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 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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