Should Australia follow Argentina and introduce a National Regime for Distributed Generation?

AU Energy Compliance, Uncategorized
One year ago, I arrived in Buenos Aires for the first time. Heading to a salsa club in the fashionable Palermo Soho district, my partner and I discovered that not only the club, but the entire city block, was pitch black. Chatting with fellow salseros in the dark we were informed that, yes, this kind of power outage was normal and no, power would not be restored any time soon. Power outages both planned and unplanned are not uncommon in Buenos Aires. In February of this year, a power outage on one of the hottest days of the year left around 370,000 people in the city without power. Of course, unplanned outages and load shedding happen in Australia too. As in Argentina, the catalyst for outages tends to be heat…
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May 2018 Energy Roundup: Budget 2018 and New Renewable Energy Projects

AU Energy Compliance
May has been another massive month for regulatory and compliance developments in Australia. While April was dominated by the National Energy Guarantee and new Consumer Data Right, May was dominated by Budget 2018 and a range of exciting new renewable energy projects coming online. Another theme has been metering; several regulators have commenced action around slow metering installation and the over-use of estimates (see the activities of AEMC, ESC (Vic) and IPART below). As usual, we list all ongoing consultations, both nationally and in the National Electricity Market jurisdictions so that you can have a say in the areas that interest you the most. Photo by Andreas Gücklhorn on Unsplash By Dr Drew Donnelly, Regulatory Specialist, Compliance Quarter 1. Budget 2018 Budget 2018 didn’t provide any significant surprises for the energy sector. While…
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AEMC consults on fairer allocation of ‘Unaccounted For Energy’ (UFE) across retailers

AU Energy Compliance
The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has just begun consultation on a rule change request that would change National Electricity Market settlement in Australia.[1] In short, the request, if it proceeds into a rule change, would spread the cost of ‘Unaccounted For Energy’ (UFE) across all retailers, replacing the current system which leaves it to ‘Local Retailers’ to foot the bill. We explain the rule change request below. Photo by Francisco Gomes on Unsplash By Dr Drew Donnelly, Regulatory Specialist, Compliance Quarter Unaccounted For Energy (UFE) In any electricity transmission and distribution system, there will be a certain amount of electricity that is ‘lost’ in the system. Some of this is accounted for in the National Electricity Market via Marginal and Regional Loss Factors and Distribution Loss Factors (DLF). This ‘technical loss’ captures…
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