In the past, Australia has been viewed by many as an isolated energy market of little relevance to the global Energy Cloud ecosystem. Recent power outages, wholesale and retail price spikes, and among the highest penetrations of distributed solar PV in the world have made Australia a focal point of innovations today—especially when it comes to distributed energy resources (DER) integration. Navigant Research views Australia as an incubator and a laboratory where DER opportunities ranging from remote microgrids to virtual power plants (VPPs) to transactive energy (TE) can be tested and validated.
The discussion in Australia boils down to the business case behind customers remaining with the grid network, contrasted with the impulse to abandon the grid. Utilities and grid operators around the world face constituents that are debating this seemingly polarized choice. Yet, if implemented correctly, DER integration solutions can offer consumers—and prosumers—the benefits of resiliency and reliability and participation in what has been described as the electron commons, sharing the benefits embedded in clean energy assets. Australia is one place where the promises of DER can be validated sooner rather than later for both prosumers and consumers.
This Navigant Research report discusses why Australia is an ideal environment to capitalize on DER integration technologies and strategies. The study also examines how these solutions offer revenue opportunities with wide-ranging applications for global markets today and how some Australian vendors are leading the charge. It explores the prospects provided by Australia’s DER integration initiatives, including advanced remote microgrids, prosumer-based VPPs, and cutting-edge TE options such as blockchain, and how they will affect utilities, private technology vendors, and consumers.
Key Questions Addressed:
- Why is Australia such a hotspot for distributed energy resources (DER) integration innovation?
- Which Australian vendors are leading the charge on DER integration?
- Which utility from Australia has committed to becoming the world’s leading microgrid company?
- Which well-known energy storage innovator claims to be developing the largest virtual power plant (VPP) in the world in Australia?
- How are transactive energy (TE) pilot programs being deployed in Australia—and why?
- What specific projects in Australia are showcasing new DER integration technologies and business models?
- Which DER integration platform—microgrid, VPP, or TE—is dominant today and which may be the wave of the future?
Who needs this report?
- Global distributed energy resources (DER) integration specialists
- Microgrid controls vendors
- Virtual power plant (VPP) software providers
- Transactive energy vendors
- Energy storage purveyors
- Utilities and grid operators
- Energy system regulators
- Investor community
Table of Contents
Australia Steals Global Spotlight on DER Integration
Australia Is Helping to Shape Global DER Strategies
Australia Building On Historical Legacy of Remote Microgrids
Utilities Committing to the Microgrid Value Proposition
Private Sector Companies Are Leading Microgrid Innovators
Consumers Yet to See Full Benefits of Increased DER Penetration
VPPs Represent the Next Wave of DER Innovations
Utilities Jump on VPP Bandwagon
Both Local and Global Private Sector Companies Deploying VPPs
Consumers to Reap Benefits of Increased DER Portfolios
TE Will Change Utility-Customer Relationships
Utilities to Benefit Even without Direct Control
Private Vendors in Australia Are Market Movers
Consumers to Lose Subsidies, Gain Flexibility
Learn from Australia’s 2050 Electricity Market Goals
Global Utilities: Is Bigger Really Better?
Global Vendors Should Take Risks
Australian Utilities and Vendors Should Partner
Consumers Should Become Prosumers
List of Charts and Figures
- Annual Tally of TE Pilots by Region/Country, World Markets: 2006-2018
- Rooftop Solar PV and Battery Storage Adoption, Australia: 2015-2050