May 31 (Renewables Now) - The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) today published the guidelines for the future distributed energy resources (DER) register as the country prepares for a future in which small generators like rooftop solar systems will be a major aggregate source of power.
In its 2018 Integrated System Plan, AEMO projects that rooftop photovoltaics will turn into the top source of generation in the National Electricity Market (NEM) by 2040. One out of five homes in Australia already has rooftop solar and the adoption of residential energy storage is growing.
The DER register will support the operator’s efforts to ensure integrity in the performance of the DER fleet. AEMO is already involved in Virtual Power Plant (VPP) demonstrations and is developing standards to integrate, operate, and manage DER assets. It will also recommend a model with Energy Network Australia to efficiently and cost-effectively operate and trade related services to support the NEM.
The register’s start is planned for December 1, 2019. It will gather information on small power generators across the NEM, including, but not limited to, small scale energy storage systems and rooftop photovoltaics (PV).
The DER Information Guidelines are available here: https://www.aemo.com.au/-/media/Files/Stakeholder_Consultation/Consultations/NEM-Consultations/2019/DER-register/Final/DER-Register-Final-Report.pdf.