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Endeavour Energy submission to COAG consultation


On 19th September 2016, Endeavour Energy provided this 2 page cover letter with this 4 page submission to the COAG consultation process asking about both:
1)  The need for a central register of installed battery storage facilities; and
2)  A process by which it might be developed and maintained.

In their submission, they provide measured support:

“Overall, we support the objectives identified by the EMTPT and are of the view that there is merit to an energy storage register.  However it must be supported by a clear policy objective and cost-benefit assessment to ensure it achieves its full potential at least cost”

They suggest that the AEMC be tasked to complete a more comprehensive assessment prior to any decision being made.

In our summary page here we list the 4 key reasons we identified (up front) as to why an Energy Storage Register could be required – to which other reasons have been added as they have come to light to us (or been pointed out to us directly).

With respect to these 4 key reasons, Endeavour Energy provides these specific comments:

Reason 1 = To assist First Responders  No specific mention was made with respect to First Responders.

Where they are provided, we link to other articles referencing assistance to first responders as a reason for the Energy Storage Register.

Reason 2 = To assist in any potential future product recalls In the Endeavour Energy submission, they write about the role of NSW Fair Trading in managing consumer safety – including with respect to product recalls in the electrical safety area.

We will be following up with NSW Fair Trading to ensure that we understand their requirements with respect to this Energy Storage Register.

Where they are provided, we link to other articles referencing potential future product recalls as a reason for the Energy Storage Register.

Reason 3 = To assist with life-cycle management No specific mention was made with respect to life-cycle management.

Where they are provided, we link to other articles referencing life-cycle management as a reason for the Energy Storage Register.

Reason 4 = To assist with electricity system operations and planning. In their submission, Endeavour Energy specifically note a number of potential benefits of an Energy Storage Register, particularly were it to include time-series operational data:

“… micro embedded generation data would be beneficial for the following reasons:
1.  More accurate estimation of After Diversity Maximum Demand (ADMD)
2.  Determine the interim & ultimate network capacity for development areas; and
3.  Shifting demand peak times and its impact on network cyclic rating”

They also note:

“Knowledge of battery storage installation would be valuable to ensure network energy distribution disturbances can be investigated in a safe way by field workers.

Where they are provided, we link to other articles referencing electricity system operations and planning intelligence as a reason for the Energy Storage Register.

The attachment provides more details worth reviewing.