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Open Energy Networks – joint consultation with Energy Networks Australia

In June 2018, AEMO and Energy Networks Australia opened a consultation on the “Open Energy Networks” project to identify how best to transition to a two-way grid that allows better integration of DER to deliver better outcomes for all customers.

Open Energy Networks - Interim Report

This report was drafted to provide stakeholders with an overview of key content developed through the detailed research and engagement phases of the program, and details what the program has determined as required capabilities and actions that will be needed to underpin the integration of a high DER future.

EA Tech report and Smart Grid Architecture Models

As detailed in the interim report the Open Energy Networks Project has ran a series of workshops to develop the detailed SGAMs for each of the frameworks, including the 4th Hybrid model. The detailed models for each of these frameworks can be found below. Detail on how to interpret these model can found in the Energy Networks report: Modelling the DSO transition using the Smart Grid Architecture Method.

International Review of DER Coordination

This report was commission by AEMO to support the Open Energy Networks project by reviewing the progress made internationally in the steps to develop DER coordination frameworks between Distribution and Transmission networks.

Cost Benefit Framework

The project has also commissioned a report by the CSIRO to review work done to support cost benefit analysis of Distribution coordination and optimisation of DER. This report reviews work done both nationally and internationally and provides a framework for a full cost benefit analysis. A full cost-benefit analysis is to be completed by Baringa consulting to support the final recommendation.

2018 Consultation Paper

The original paper was launched with a webinar that had over 350 registered participants. We held four major workshops during the consultation period, with over 500 attendees from 100 different organisations, representing the entire spectrum of the energy sector.

62 submissions were received at the completion of the consultation.

These are available below*:

*Please note some organisations have asked for their submissions to be kept confidential.

Combined Submission response and General Outcomes

Attached below is a document that summarises the submissions received to the Open Energy Networks consultation paper.  This includes the issues raised in the submissions and the joint AEMO/ENA Open Energy project response to these issues. 

Next Steps

AEMO and Energy Networks Australia have subsequently run a series of Functional Specification Workshops in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.  These workshops have developed detailed Actor -Agent model.  We are using a similar approach to that undertaken recently in the UK and more information about this can be obtained in the following report http://www.energynetworks.org/assets/files/Modelling-DSO-Transition-Using-SGAM_Issue2.1_PublicDomain.pdf

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