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How to get involved

Step 1 - Read the overview

Overview

ARENA is working with farrierswier and GridWise Energy Solutions to develop a framework and maturity assessment that helps industry stakeholders better understand the breadth and nature of key ARENA and non-ARENA distributed energy resource (DER) projects. We will work with industry stakeholders to develop two deliverables:

  • A functional framework that will map DER projects to functional areas (e.g. device standards, interoperability), helping to develop an understanding of DER projects, what they seek to achieve, their method and approach, and how they relate to each other.

  • A maturity assessment that will help develop a common vision for each functional area, and will indicate how progressed each functional area is to that vision.
The scope of this work falls within technology integration projects, and does not cover broader market, regulatory or consumer projects.

Together, the functional framework and maturity assessment will form a baseline report, communicating a snapshot in time of key DER projects and maturity levels for each of the functional areas. It is intended that this report will be replicated in future to show progress over time.

Questions

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Have a question? If you have any questions about the State of DER Technical Integration work, please email us at knowledge@arena.gov.au.

Step 2 - Register your interest

Register your interest

Between May and August, we will work with industry to build the framework and maturity assessment through a series of 1-1 discussions, online workshops and surveys. We will reach out to known industry stakeholders directly and post project updates and calls for comment on this webpage.

If you would like to be contacted with project updates and invitations to provide feedback, please register your interest.

Register interest

Project updates

Project updates

The State of DER Technical Integration work comprises four key tasks:

  • Stage 1: Issue discovery and development of a draft functional framework for consultation

  • Stage 2: Preparing project summaries to develop an understanding of relevant DER technical integration projects, through liaison with project leads

  • Stage 3: Developing a maturity assessment method for assessing how the projects collectively contribute to the maturity of each functional area for consultation

  • Stage 4: Collating the above in a final project report and associated communication materials.
We are currently in Stage 1 and seeking views on the draft functional framework, which is presented in the attached paper.

The draft functional framework has been prepared by farrierswier and GridWise Energy Solutions, based on initial research of publicly available reports, as well as interviews and feedback from a technical reference group consisting of DER sector leaders from 8 organisations.

Feedback on the draft functional framework is sought by Friday 29 May.

We welcome feedback from industry stakeholders to help shape a practical and accurate functional framework, and your participation in subsequent stages of the project.

To coordinate comments, we ask that these be provided via the stakeholder survey below.


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