ARENA to Fund USD 12.9 million to AEMO for its Distributed Energy Project

Dec 11, 2020 08:33 AM ET
  • The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has today revealed USD 12.9 million in funding to the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) for the growth of a major Victorian Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Marketplace trial called Project EDGE (Energy Demand and Generation Exchange).

Project EDGE is a multi-year project to show an off-market, proof-of-concept Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Marketplace that operates DER to supply both wholesale and neighborhood network solutions within the restrictions of a specific area of the power circulation grid.

With a complete project price of USD 28 million, the leading organization has been partnered with Ausnet Electricity Services and also Mondo Power to work with the growth of a replicable design for the trading of electrical power and grid services from DER that can be broadened across the National Electricity Market (NEM).

Project Edge will at first entail around 50 domestic customers, and then rise to 1000 domestic, business, and also commercial customers.

The three-year trial will produce a version market for DER to be dispatched and also traded as part of the NEM.

Registered market individuals, using consumers' DER, will certainly send bids to the marketplace system, and subsequently, will certainly make these bids noticeable to distribution networks to enhance the integrity and also versatility of the entire system.

ARENA's financing will certainly support the advancement of the software application as well as support systems of the very first DER market in Australia, aiming to supply needed insight as well as presence over the circulation electrical power system to AEMO and also network drivers to optimally balance the arrangement of grid services, extra solutions, as well as energy from DER within the functional restraints of the distribution network.

Darren Miller, CEO ARENA, stated, "This spots trial would provide the blueprint for integrating DER right into the grid. As the uptake of rooftop solar, residence batteries, house power monitoring systems, electrical automobiles, and wise devices is anticipated to grow, it is clear that these modern technologies are going to change our electrical power system."

This trial will certainly assist to develop trading devices to take full advantage of the economic benefits to clients and the system and minimize the expenses of supply to all energy customers. We look forward to establishing an industry for the solutions these modern technologies can give, and also leading the way for extensive adoption across Australia," he additionally added.

AEMO's Executive General Manager of Emerging Markets and Services, Violette Mouchaileh commented, "AEMO is dealing with the market to design and test a world-first, two-way energy system and innovative market for consumers to take part in the NEM."

He also enlightened, "Our test with AusNet Services and also Mondo, as well as financial support from ARENA, will help with the trading of aggregated electrical power solutions from power tools in peoples' homes and services in north-east Victoria."

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