What is DEIP?
The Distributed Energy Integration Program (DEIP) is a collaboration of government agencies, market authorities, industry and consumer associations aimed at maximising the value of customers’ distributed energy resources (DER) for all energy users.
Led by a steering group, the forum is driven by the premise that exchanging information and collaborating on DER issues will more efficiently identify knowledge gaps and priorities, as well as accelerate reforms in the interest of customers.
Access and pricing work package
The DER Access and Pricing work package explores how the economic regulatory framework for electricity networks can evolve to meet changing community expectations.
The package aims to build consensus on equitable and efficient DER access and pricing models, focused on customer-centric principles. It consists of a series of stakeholder engagement workshops, complemented by expert studies into access and pricing options and is supported by ARENA, Australian Council of Social Services, Australian Energy Market Commission, Australian Energy Regulator, Energy Consumers Australia and Total Environment Centre.
For more information on the workshops, please review the materials below.
Why is DEIP important?
DEIP, in partnership with Steering Group members, holds workshops and facilitates targeted collaboration forums.
Customer-owned energy assets such as rooftop solar, home batteries and electric vehicles have potential to support a reliable, affordable and lower-emissions electricity grid.
DER uptake is forecast to dramatically increase and deliver almost half of all electricity supplied by 2050. Its current rapid rise is already impacting traditional grid management practices and market frameworks.
Australia’s energy sector is at a critical juncture and it is clear that a significant industry-wide transformation is required to deliver an electricity system that meets customer expectations and is sustainable.
This is the role that DEIP will play.
How will DEIP support the energy sector?
DEIP functions as a forum for collaboration with two major focus areas:
- Exchanging value in markets – energy markets that efficiently exchange the fair value from customer owned distributed energy
- Distributed energy and the grid – technical systems that enable the efficient use and operation of the distributed energy system.
Within these focus areas, DEIP has identified four work streams:
- Customer – Capturing and sharing customers’ preferences to inform the future
- Markets – Enabling multi-party exchange of value in markets within physical network constraints
- Frameworks – Optimising investment in and operation of network and non-network DER infrastructure
- Interoperability – Standardising the physical operation, visibility and resilience of the distributed energy systems
The work streams have led to four work packages in 2020:
- DER Access and Pricing – Building consensus and developing arrangements to support evolving regulatory frameworks to meet changing community expectations and higher penetration of DER
- DER Interoperability – Coordinated industry wide support and implementation of DER interoperability platform, cyber security & device standards
- DER Market Development – Testing the theory in practice for how DER marketplaces may deliver the most efficient outcome for consumers
- Electric Vehicles – Facilitating the efficient integration of EVs into existing networks and markets
Watch the DEIP video
Who is involved?
The DEIP steering group is currently made up of 13 organisations.
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