Distributed Energy Resources Roadmap

The Energy Transformation Taskforce has produced a Distributed Energy Resources Roadmap (the DER Roadmap) that outlines the path to achieving a future where DER is integral to a safe, reliable and efficient electricity system, providing benefits for all customers.

Distributed Energy Resources, or DER, are smaller-scale devices that can either use, generate or store electricity, and form a part of the local distribution system, serving homes and businesses. They include renewable generation, energy storage, electric vehicles, and technology that consumers can use at their premises to manage their electricity demand (e.g. hot water systems, pool pumps or smart appliances). 

DER are transforming our electricity system, and while they offer opportunities, they are presenting serious risks to our power system.

The DER Roadmap is a five-year plan to guide the better integration of all distributed energy resources, including solar panels, battery storage and electric vehicles, and ensure that the benefits are shared across all members of the community.

    The Roadmap is the first major deliverable of the McGowan Government's Energy Transformation Strategy.

    The DER Roadmap outlines the opportunities presented by DER for our power system, and identifies the urgent actions required to address the near-term challenges it brings.

    It identifies actions that:

    • pilot the best ways to overcome technical, regulatory and market barriers and integrate DER into our grid,
    • progress changes to technical settings, which can provide support to the grid and greater visibility of the power system, and
    • provide customers with clear information to make informed choices about their electricity use and DER investment, and ensure that customers remain protected as new business models emerge.

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    Page reviewed 27 July 2020