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Project overview
  • Lead Organisation

    Oakley Greenwood Pty Ltd



    ARENA Program

    Advancing Renewables Program

  • Start date

    6 December 2018

    End date

    17 August 2020

  • Project Partners
    Australian Energy Council Limited, Australian Energy Market Operation Limited, Energy Consumers Australia Limited, Total Environment Centre Inc, Enel X (formally EnerNOC), OC Energy, GreenSync
    This DER project was completed on 17 August 2020.


The project examines a way to value & provide pricing and integration for distributed energy resources services within network and customer sites. This includes direct customer DER, aggregation of DER, wholesale market integration of DER, and the use of DER for ancillary services and reserves.

How the project works

In this consultative project, Oakley Greenwood will develop initial approaches and assessments, then seek feedback and comments from project participants, industry experts and other parties. The input of these organisations will be coordinated by Oakley Greenwood through a series of working sessions. Webinars with a wider set of interested parties and special briefings for market bodies will also be held as part of the project to both gather views from and inform stakeholders.

Area of innovation

The project will use sound economic principles for the integration of DER into the supply chain and associated markets. Stakeholder input will be used to develop cost-reflective and economically efficient price signals for the services that DER can provide to each part of the electricity value chain.

Basing the price to be paid for the various services DER can provide on the impact of each of the costs incurred by the electricity supply, will help ensure the deployment and operation of DER contributes to the electricity system as a whole, enabling aggregate consumer demand for electricity at the lowest cost, and without cross-subsidies.


The pricing and integration study will provide a set of approaches that can be applied to maximise the economically efficient deployment and use of DER by providing cost effective price signals at all levels of the supply chain.

The use of such price signals will ensure:

  • customers have the information and incentives needed to choose whether they use, do not use, generate and/or store energy based on the financial outcomes they receive
  • industry and third parties have clear opportunities to identify approaches for contracting customers and aggregating DER.
Last updated 26 February 2021


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