PIAC responded to the Australian Energy Market Commission’s (AEMC) consultation on creating minimum technical standards for Distributed Energy Resources (DER).
PIAC supports the proposed approach of stating the purpose of minimum standards, the factors AEMO must consider, and any relevant definitions in the Rules. More prescription and technical detail are better provided in subordinate documents.
PIAC recommends that AEMO lead an open and transparent process to develop the minimum technical DER standards, and consider a range of factors such as those listed in the rule change proposal.
PIAC supports the proposal that any minimum DER technical standard not be retrospective (i.e. only apply to new DER installations or replacements) to avoid unnecessary and unfair costs being imposed on the many households that have already invested in DER.