**Video now available**
**UNDER EMBARGO SEEK NO RESPONSE UNTIL 12:01AM on 30 May 2019** AEMC stand-alone power systems review - final report media pack
AEMC CE, Anne Pearson, available for interview.
Now available - video provided by Essential Energy of rural customer speaking about the benefits of his new stand-alone power system.
Video in sharefile link here:
Embargoed media pack released earlier today
Media pack in sharefile at link (released earlier today)
The AEMC is releasing its stand-alone power systems report tomorrow 30 May.
The reform package being put to COAG Energy Council ministers is all about using new technology to deliver better power services to people living at the end of the line – at a lower cost for everyone.
We want regional communities to benefit from the falling costs of renewable generation and batteries.
The AEMC’s package of recommendations details regulatory changes to enable distribution network businesses to provide stand-alone power systems for customers.
This work is particularly relevant for remote and rural communities where power supplies can be unreliable or subject to frequent or extended blackouts. Our proposals would enable those communities to use distributed energy resources to have better quality electricity services. The changes would reduce costs for all energy consumers by avoiding expensive investment in poles and wires where customer numbers are limited.
After consultation with relevant customers, a stand-alone power system – usually a combination of solar PV, batteries and a back-up generator – would be installed by a customer’s distribution network at no cost to the customer. It would not be physically connected to the national grid. The network would continue to be responsible for maintenance and restoring power after an outage.
Customers will get to keep the same protections, reliability standards and access to competitive deals that they have today. It is a tangible way new technology can be used to lower costs, lower emissions and improve services.