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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Engagement and participation of leading companies in the storage sector is crucial to ensure the industry develops in a united and coordinated manner.
If you have an interest in the storage industry here in Australia, you can get involved by:
Joining the Energy Storage Advisory Group to have a direct say in the development and priorities of this exciting industry. The Energy Storage Advisory Group is open to Sponsoring, Corporate and Associate Members of the Clean Energy Council.
Sign up to the Energy Storage Network to be kept up-to-date on the progress storage policy work, hear the latest industry news and receive latest reports and event invitations. The Energy Storage Network is open to all companies and individuals currently active or looking to learn more about the Australian storage industry.
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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.