Distributed energy resources
In 2020, ARENA engaged farrierswier and GridWise Energy Solutions to examine the capabilities of 45 distributed energy resource (DER) projects and their contributions to the Australian power system.
Developed through consultation with leading organisations and subject matter experts across Australia, the study identifies and categorises what is required to integrate DER technologies into Australian electricity markets in a way that benefits all consumers.
The work focused on the technological aspect of integrating DER devices, how they communicate and connect with the electricity system, the data and evidence needed to understand how they behave, and the types of services they can offer to the energy market.
The final result, the State of DER Technology Integration report, provides a common framework through which various stakeholders can assess technology integration progress and challenges. The report also identifies how the projects will advance maturity for each functional area upon completion.
In this interview, lead authors Robert McMillan and Richard Owens from farrierswier discuss the approach, findings and impact of the State of DER Technology Integration report, as well as what challenges the industry can expect as Australia’s power system continues to become increasingly decentralised.