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Household Battery Network Impact Assessment

Project Partners: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), RMIT University

The Department of Land Water and Planning (DELWP) is providing a rebate on the Solar Homes Battery Program. Distribution Network Service Providers (DNSPs) have noticed a number of issues, including limited visibility over existing batteries installed in the network and uncertainty around battery behaviour on the network. This project aimed at studying the electricity consumption behaviour of households with batteries and investigating its impact on the distribution network. The project is completed in collaboration with C4NET, DELWP, Victorian DNSPs, AGL Energy and Origin Energy. The project outcomes will help DELWP and Victorian DNSPs to gain more insights into the effective operation of batteries within the Victorian distribution networks. The project will also empower DELWP to effectively adjust the Solar Homes battery program and Distributed Energy Resources (DER) policy for the benefit of both consumers and DNSPs.

Key Findings:

  • Household batteries support the hosting capacity of the distribution grid.
  • Household batteries may need some level of orchestration.
  • Adoption of household batteries is strongly supported with rebates.

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Categories: Policy Development

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