Distributed energy resources
This Network Hosting Capacity Projects Progress Report Year One report summarises the progress made in year one of the distributed energy resources initiative.
The challenges distribution network service providers (DNSPs) face can impact network infrastructure and household appliances. Without adequate alternative options, DNSPs are relying upon fixed export limits and planned infrastructure augmentation to manage these emerging challenges.
In February 2019, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) awarded $9.6 million to support the transition to an electricity network that is increasingly powered by DER.
Four projects (Jemena, SA Power Networks, Solar Analytics and Zeppelin Bend) are trialling new ways to maximise the amount of distributed energy that the network can accommodate, while maintaining the stability of the system. A further seven studies (Australian National University, CitiPower & Powercor, CSIRO, Dynamic Limits, Oakley Greenwood, University of Melbourne and University of Tasmania) are investigating how high penetrations of distributed energy can be successfully integrated into the energy market and grid.