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Senate Inquiry into Residential Electrification Submission



Posted on 4 October, 2023


Home and business electrification is not only critical to the net zero goals of our energy systems, but it is also one of the cheapest ways to transition to a modern economy driven by renewable and clean energy.

Australian households have played a large and important role in driving the decarbonisation of our electricity system. This will need to continue if we are to meet our net zero goals by 2050 and the growing demand from the phase out of oil and gas in transportation and buildings. A rapid transition to electrifying homes and encouraging the uptake of consumer energy resources (CER) is required.

In its submission, the Clean Energy Council recommended the following:

  • Lead harmonisation efforts around training and standards between jurisdictions, working with states and territories to invest in workforce attraction and development.
  • Make the DER Implementation Plan a standing item on the ECMC Meetings.
  • Ban new gas connections for homes and light commercial businesses on the distribution network across Australia.
  • Implement the newly mandated 7-star NatHERS rating as soon as possible, extend the NatHERS rating system to existing homes and look at mandating further requirements to electrify the home.
  • Establish a National CER Technical Standards Body
  • Set a national rooftop solar target for 2030 and 2040, reflecting the Integrated System Plan's Step Change scenario.
  • Set a national distributed energy storage and flexible energy target for 2030 and 2040, reflecting the Integrated System Plan's Step Change scenario.
  • Work with states and territories to invest strongly in clear and sustained public information campaigns to support consumer awareness of the electrification transition.
  • Extend the SRES program to 2040, including storage and orchestration.