by Hon. Bill Johnson, MLA, Minister for Energy, Government of Western Australia.
Early this month, Energy Minister Bill Johnston released the Distributed Energy Resources Roadmap, produced by the McGowan Government's Energy Transformation Taskforce.
Take up of rooftop solar panels, batteries, electric vehicles and microgrids is transforming Western Australia's electricity system. Such small-scale devices, known as Distributed Energy Resources (DER), present challenges and opportunities for the way electricity in our State is produced, managed and consumed.
The Roadmap outlines the actions that must be taken over the next five years in order to meet these challenges and harness the potential for cleaner, more affordable energy.
Actions will include pilots to determine the best ways to overcome technical, regulatory and market barriers to integrate DER into our grid, including additional community batteries.
Energy Policy WA, Western Power, Horizon Power, Synergy, the Australian Energy Market Operator and the private sector companies involved in electricity generation and distribution are all working together to implement this Roadmap to ensure Western Australians can continue to install and enjoy the benefits of rooftop solar and new renewable energy technologies.
The Minister provided a briefing on the Roadmap and answered audience questions after, hosted by Ian Porter, Chair of SEN.