The Alternative Technology Association (ATA) welcomes the opportunity to contribute to AEMO’s Consultation on ‘Minimising Barriers to Cost Effective Small Generator Participation in the National Electricity Market’ (NEM).
ATA has over 1,500 members operating small generation units (SGUs) across Australia and advises proponents of medium scale generation projects on resource assessment, project feasibility, grid connection and energy market participation issues. In addition, ATA is also represented on the National Consumer Roundtable on Energy and various working groups, including AEMO’s Demand Side Participation Working Group.
In general terms, ATA considers most existing and anticipated issues relating to the operation of small generators in the NEM fall within the scope of the discussion paper. Where there are significant NEM related issues that lie outside of this scope, we will attempt to identify these and if we feel that an omission from scope indicates a need to expand or amend the scope in line with the objectives we will recommend accordingly.
It is important that due to the nature of small generators, many of which are located at the premises of retail energy customers, a range of other issues are faced which may be also considered broadly in the context of this paper.