Australia's electricity distribution industry is undergoing considerable change and significant effort has been placed on research and reform to allow renewable energy, storage and demand management into the mix.

The challenge

Australia’s electricity distribution industry is clearly in a state of transition. Although its outcomes are not yet clear the transition process itself is presenting significant challenges and the industry is constantly under the research microscope.

The response

The CEC's Stocktake of Work Undertaken has summarised some of the key influential research papers which look at the electricity sector in transition. The stocktake intends to provide information to industry stakeholders to allow them to capture the extent of work undertaken and to identify research gaps which could be addressed. Although it is produced in the context of a CEC-led project, it is not limited in use.

The report is designed as a starting point for further work by anyone investigating the prevailing drivers and issues currently surrounding grid integration of renewable energy and storage technologies.

Outcomes for various industry stakeholders

Electricity industry stakeholders should consider using this report in the following ways.

  • Embedded generation and storage technologies are becoming ubiquitous with our electricity supply system, creating new opportunities and challenges. Understanding these will often require a more in-depth analysis of the constantly changing policy, regulatory and business drivers that influence our electricity markets.

    Although not exhaustive, this report should provide these stakeholders with substantial background on the breadth and scope of the many detailed projects and reforms going on in Australia’s markets.

  • Embedded generation and storage technologies are becoming ubiquitous with our electricity networks, creating new opportunities and challenges. Understanding these will often require in-depth analysis of the constantly changing policy, regulatory and business drivers that influence our electricity markets.

    Although not exhaustive, this report should provide DNSPs with substantial background on the breadth and scope of the many detailed projects and reforms going on in Australia’s markets.

  • Embedded generation and storage technologies are becoming ubiquitous with our electricity supply system, creating new opportunities and challenges. Understanding these will often require a more in-depth analysis of the constantly changing policy, regulatory and business drivers that influence our electricity markets.

    Although not exhaustive, this report should provide these stakeholders with substantial background on the breadth and scope of the many detailed projects and reforms going on in Australia’s markets.

The role of this study in the FPDI program

This task fits within the FPDI project’s “Regulatory and Economic Frameworks” work stream which has the objective of drawing together the perspectives of industry stakeholders to provide an accurate assessment of the regulatory challenges facing distributed generation or storage, and how current incentives and business models could be structured to achieve efficient deployment of the technologies.

It provides a starting point for future research and analysis for future work looking into the integration of renewable energy, storage and demand management technologies into Australian distribution networks.