With the increase in small-scale energy resources attached to distribution networks such as home solar and batteries, along with increasing diversity among grid-scale generation (e.g. solar and wind farms) that change the way the grid operates, there will be more bi-directional flows of energy – turning distribution networks into platforms for energy exchange.
The Distribution Market Model is part of the Australian Energy Market Commission’s work on figuring out how the network-as-a-platform will need to operate.
The Alternative Technology Association’s (ATA) submission to the draft report is largely supportive, but strongly recommends that the AEMC refrain from allowing networks to charge owners of distributed energy resources for injecting (i.e. feeding energy) into the network until there is also a framework for paying them for the network benefit of their injections.
Click here to read the ATA’s submission to the Distribution Market Model draft report.