Release of WA's Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Roadmap
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The WA government has released its Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Roadmap – the first step in its plan to better integrate DER into the power system. The first of its kind in Australia, the Roadmap identifies 36 actions to ensure future integration of DER and sets out a plan to implement these actions during the next five years.
DER are small-scale devices that use, generate or store electricity, such as rooftop solar systems, batteries, electric vehicles, microgrids and technology to manage demand. These devices are connected to the distribution system (in south-west WA, the SWIS), but are largely decentralised.
While there are many positive sustainability benefits of DER, the speed and scale with which individual devices (especially rooftop solar) have been connected to the SWIS is likely to cause significant risks to power system security and reliability within the next two years.
The key risks that a high, unregulated, uptake of DER presents include:
To address these risks and allow efficient use of DER going forward, the WA government has kick-started a strategy to more effectively integrate DER into the SWIS. The DER Roadmap is the first of three deliverables of this strategy. Developed by the government’s Energy Transformation Taskforce, it sets out 36 actions that have been identified as necessary to ensure that DER can continue to be connected while supporting the operation of the SWIS. Some of the key actions include:
The Roadmap sets out owners for each action, as well as priorities and timeframes for their implementation. These actions will complement the next two parts of the government’s integration strategy, being:
The whole of system plan is targeted for delivery in mid-2020, while the market re-design is intended to be completed in October 2022.
A copy of the DER Roadmap is available at the Energy Transformation Taskforce’s website HERE
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