Energy storage comes in many forms, with technologies as diverse as battery technology, hydrogen fuels and pumped hydro, and can be used at residential, commercial and grid scale. The technology is developing rapidly and the availability, functionality and cost of many forms of energy storage technology is improving dramatically.
Energy storage technologies have a critical role to play in the development of an affordable, clean and secure energy system. There remains substantial work to do in modernising Australia’s energy rules and allowing energy storage to fully participate in the market, bringing the benefits of the technology to both the grid and consumers more broadly.
The Clean Energy Council's policy paper, Charging Forward: Policy and regulatory reforms to unlock the potential of energy storage in Australia, outlines a package of targeted reforms to support the increased roll out of energy storage projects at residential, commercial and grid scales.
The policy paper recommends 13 reforms across four categories to achieve this, ranging from removing regulatory barriers and rewarding the value of storage behind the meter, to protecting consumers and changes that would allow storage to support grid security through its fast frequency response capability.
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Australian Energy Storage Roadmap
In April 2015 the Clean Energy Council developed the Australian Energy Storage Roadmap to help unlock the full potential of the emerging storage industry. The roadmap outlined a comprehensive program of initiatives to better define and address the safety, environmental, technical, commercial and information barriers to the deployment of energy storage technologies.
The Clean Energy Council continues to work with industry on these initiatives resulting in detailed work such as the policy paper above. You can view the original 2015 Australian Energy Storage Roadmap here.