Updating the Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Register

Updating the Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Register

AU Energy Compliance
The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) is required by law to keep a register of distributed energy resources (DER). The Register is designed to assist AEMO in relation to grid security and stability. DER installers and electricity network service providers (NSPs) are responsible for providing the relevant information to AEMO via the register. The General Framework In summary, DER installers (electrical contractors) of photo-voltaic (PV) generation systems and battery systems are required to provide information to the Register. The steps in the process are: Step 1: A contractor/ DER installer will apply to the NSP for a connection and receive approval for the installation; (This is generally done through the NSP’s DER connection webpage. The information is then added to the DER Register.) Step 2: Once approval is obtained and…
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The WA Electricity Retail Market

The WA Electricity Retail Market

AU Energy Compliance
The WA electricity industry operates differently to the NEM number of respects.  Customers that operate within the South West Interconnected System (SWIS) - the biggest electricity network in Western Australia - are split into two categories.  'Non-contestable' customers are customers who use less than 50 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity annually. This covers the majority of residential and small business consumers.  These customers cannot choose their retailer but are supplied by govt-owned corporation Synergy and pay prices regulated by the WA Government.    'Contestable' customers are customers who use between 50 - 160 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity annually.  This predominantly covers medium to large business consumers, and they can choose their retailer. To give an idea of coverage in the WA market, a rough breakdown of customer type for electricity retailers…
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