The term ‘behind the meter’ reflects the way the electricity system used to work, and should be retired. Increasingly we will be talking about large centralised resources and distributed energy resources (DER).
The AEMO 2017 Electricity Forecasting Insights anticipates a more engaged and flexible consumer demand through the continued uptake of rooftop photovoltaic (PV) and storage out to 2026/37. While network and non-network solutions will be required to manage the impact of increased DER capacity there is also opportunity for new products and services to help consumers manage their energy use.
As the rate of introduction of DER accelerates, understanding what is happening with the distributed resources will be increasingly crucial to the operation of the current system and planning the grid of the future in the face of increasing demand variability, lower daytime demand and faster ramping at times of system peaks. The innovation and provision of new consumer products and services to maximize the benefit of the PV and storage assets requires access to DER data.
Currently there is limited whole of system data available for DER in the NEM. The value of data is often not known until users have an opportunity to analyse the data. In this case, the value of the data is already understood. Who are the gatekeepers of the DER data and what steps do we need to take to make DER data more broadly available.