Stand-Alone Power Systems - South Australian Implementation

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Consultation has concluded

We want your feedback on options for implementation of distributor-led Stand-Alone Power Systems in South Australia.

What's being decided?

The Statutes Amendment (National Energy Laws) (Stand-Alone Power Systems) Act 2021 (the Act) was passed by the South Australian Parliament in March 2021 and came into operation on 20 May 2021.

The Act allows participating jurisdictions to prescribe the scope of the application of the regulated Stand-Alone Power Systems framework within their jurisdiction.

Your feedback will be used to determine how the framework may apply in South Australia.

Background

A stand-alone power system is an electricity supply arrangement that is not physically connected to the national grid.

The National Energy Laws were recently amended to adequately support distribution network service providers to implement a stand-alone power system rather than undertake a more expensive network upgrade.

The amendments to the national framework will facilitate the provision of distribution network service provider-led stand-alone power systems to their existing customers. These offer a lower-cost substitute to investing in and maintaining traditional network solutions.

Under such arrangements, customers would not be disadvantaged where a distribution network service provider determined it is more efficient to supply them through a stand-alone power system. This includes preserving consumer protections comparable to those customers that are supplied by the interconnected network.

Get involved

Read the consultation paper and get involved by:

What are the next steps?

We will consider your feedback to determine whether the stand-alone power systems framework is applied in South Australia and if so, will prepare draft regulations.

If you would like to provide any comments in addition to submission or discuss this consultation further, please email demsaenwg@sa.gov.au.

We want your feedback on options for implementation of distributor-led Stand-Alone Power Systems in South Australia.

What's being decided?

The Statutes Amendment (National Energy Laws) (Stand-Alone Power Systems) Act 2021 (the Act) was passed by the South Australian Parliament in March 2021 and came into operation on 20 May 2021.

The Act allows participating jurisdictions to prescribe the scope of the application of the regulated Stand-Alone Power Systems framework within their jurisdiction.

Your feedback will be used to determine how the framework may apply in South Australia.

Background

A stand-alone power system is an electricity supply arrangement that is not physically connected to the national grid.

The National Energy Laws were recently amended to adequately support distribution network service providers to implement a stand-alone power system rather than undertake a more expensive network upgrade.

The amendments to the national framework will facilitate the provision of distribution network service provider-led stand-alone power systems to their existing customers. These offer a lower-cost substitute to investing in and maintaining traditional network solutions.

Under such arrangements, customers would not be disadvantaged where a distribution network service provider determined it is more efficient to supply them through a stand-alone power system. This includes preserving consumer protections comparable to those customers that are supplied by the interconnected network.

Get involved

Read the consultation paper and get involved by:

What are the next steps?

We will consider your feedback to determine whether the stand-alone power systems framework is applied in South Australia and if so, will prepare draft regulations.

If you would like to provide any comments in addition to submission or discuss this consultation further, please email demsaenwg@sa.gov.au.