Distributed energy resources
This report assesses the state of distributed energy resource (DER) technology integration in Australia.
The objective of effective DER integration is for these resources to be utilised efficiently to maximise the benefits for all consumers.
Commissioned by ARENA and produced by farrierswier and GridWise Energy Solutions, this report identifies and categorises the technologies and data required to efficiently integrate DER into Australian electricity markets.
About the report
Developed through consultation with leading organisations and subject matter experts across Australia, the report provides a step forward towards integrating customer-owned DER in a way that benefits all energy users.
The report outlines a functional framework comprising 13 functional areas across four integration topics. The framework assesses 45 DER projects, what they seek to achieve, their method and approach, and how they relate to each other.
Image 1: A functional framework of DER capabilities required for successful integration
The report also provides a maturity assessment with a common vision for each functional area, and indicates how progressed each functional area is to that vision.
The scope of work falls within technology integration projects, and does not cover broader market, regulatory or consumer projects.
Image 2: Key projects’ contribution to the maturity of the functional area, ‘the ability of devices to withstand disturbances’
Together, the functional framework and maturity assessment form a baseline report, which communicates a snapshot in time of key DER projects and maturity levels for each of the functional areas. It is intended that the functional framework and maturity assessment outlined below will be an important tool to inform effective grid integration now and in the future.