Three rule requests were submitted to the AEMC this week – starting a process to examine proposed changes to the power system’s regulatory framework that aim to integrate more distributed energy resources like rooftop solar, batteries, electric vehicles and other smart appliances in a way that benefits all electricity users.  

All three requests flow from recommendations made by the AEMC in last year’s electricity network economic regulatory framework (ENERF) review, which focused on identifying reforms and actions to facilitate efficient integration of distributed energy resources. 

They are the result of detailed work undertaken over the past nine months by a broad collaboration of stakeholders which is addressing consumer-driven change through the Distributed Energy Integration Program (DEIP).

The AEMC is considering the rule requests related to this grid of the future reform which are now available on our website.

Next steps on initiating public consultation on the requests will be announced soon.

Total Environment Centre and Australian Council of Social Services’ rule request aims to improve the framework for network planning and investment.

SA Power Networks’ (SAPN) rule request proposes reforms to the investment framework, as well as addressing issues in relation to the access and pricing arrangements for distributed energy resources.

St Vincent de Paul Society’s rule request proposes reforms to distribution pricing arrangements in relation to the export of energy into the network.

Media: Kellie Bisset, Media and Content Manager M: 0438 490041 T: (02) 8296 7813

About the distributed energy integration program (DEIP)

DEIP is a collaborative forum of government agencies, market bodies, industry associations and consumer associations aimed at maximising the value of customers’ distributed energy resources (DER) for all energy users. DEIP is not an organisation and it does not have dedicated resources.

The DEIP access and pricing working group includes the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS), Total Environment Centre (TEC), Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC),  the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), Energy Consumers Australia (ECA), the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) and Energy Networks Australia (ENA).

About the AEMC

The Australian Energy Market Commission is the rule maker, market developer and expert adviser to governments on energy. It protects consumers and achieves the right trade-off between cost, reliability and security.