Distributed energy resourcesProject Western Australia Distributed Energy Resources Orchestration Pilot
This report provides an update on lessons learnt in the first stages of Project Symphony.
Project Symphony is a pilot project where customer distributed energy resources (DER) like rooftop solar, battery energy storage and other major appliances, like air conditioning and pool pumps, will be orchestrated as a virtual power plant (VPP) to participate in a future energy market and unlock greater economic and environmental benefits for customers and the wider community.
A collaboration between Western Power, Synergy, AEMO and Energy Policy WA, with funding from the Australia Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the Project will understand how the opportunities and challenges of increasing DER can be managed to ensure a reliable, secure, and affordable electricity system. To achieve this purpose, the Project will design, procure, develop, implement, and test software based ‘platforms’ capable of registering, aggregating and orchestrating customer DER to provide ‘must have’ on-market and off-market scenarios.