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Distributed energy

Community models for deploying and operating Distributed Energy Resources (DER)

  • $499k

    ARENA Funding

  • $1.37m

    Total Project Value

  • Project basics

    ARENA Program

    Advancing renewables

    Lead Organisation

    The Australian National University

    Start Date

    Jan 2019

    Project Partners

    Energy Consumers Australia, Energy Networks Association, Enova Community Energy, RePower, Shoalhaven, TasNetworks, Thinking In Colours, Totally Renewable Yackandandah, Evoenergy

    Location

    Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria

    Status

    Current

Project Basics

ARENA Program

Advancing renewables

Lead Organisation

The Australian National University

Start Date

Jan 2019

Project Partners

Energy Consumers Australia, Energy Networks Association, Enova Community Energy, RePower, Shoalhaven, TasNetworks, Thinking In Colours, Totally Renewable Yackandandah, Evoenergy

Location

Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria

Status

Current

Summary

The increasing prevalence of behind­-the­-meter solar generation and battery storage is often motivated by high network tariffs, which discourage the transport of energy between generation, storage and load assets that are not co-­located. This project will investigate community energy models, where distributed generation, storage and load are not co-­located behind a single metered, connection point. Through this work, the project aims to provide the basis for greater adoption and deployment of community energy models both in Australia and around the world.

How the project works

The key deliverables of this project will include the development of analysis software to assess the value of different community energy models deployed throughout Australia. These analysis tools will then be used to provide recommendations for new tariffs that incentivise community energy 
models and underpin more efficient use of distributed generation and storage. The project will also provide recommendations that will allow future practical demonstration of these community energy models in Australian communities.

Area of innovation

The key innovation in this project will be a thorough analysis of community energy models from a technical, financial, regulatory, social and logistical perspective. Through the analysis capabilities developed in this project it will be possible to demonstrate the value of community energy models, for customers, retailers and distribution networks and the mechanism by which community energy models increase the hosting capacity of renewable energy in our electricity grid.

Benefit

This project will demonstrate how community energy models can reduce costs for customers whilst increasing the amount of renewable energy generation and storage that can be installed in electricity distribution 
networks. Through better understanding how community energy models can be designed and operated this project will also demonstrate how to increase the opportunity for distributed energy generation and storage to participate in 
energy, ancillary and network services markets. Furthermore, this project will highlight how community energy models increase opportunities for vulnerable and disadvantaged customers to realise the benefits of distributed renewables and energy storage.

Contact information

Marnie Shaw, Research Leader, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program

marnie.shaw@anu.edu.au