Assessing Distributed Energy Resources Integration Expenditure - request for submissions

The AER is seeking views from stakeholders to develop guidance that can be provided to network distribution service providers (DNSPs). The Consultation Paper – Assessing Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Integration Expenditure released today looks at how the AER may assess DNSP’s proposed expenditure to manage the increasing challenge of accommodating DER on their networks. In particular the paper considers:

  • the current and predicted effects DER is having on networks,
  • the AER’s current approach to assessing DER integration expenditure, and
  • whether our current set of expenditure assessment tools are fit for purpose both now and into the future.

DER integration is an emerging area of expenditure. This consultation is part of our continuous review of our regulatory toolkit for assessing electricity determinations and will support consumers to pay no more than necessary, for the safe and reliable distribution of electricity.

The views we hear from stakeholders on this paper will be used to refine our assessment approach.

Invitation for submissions

We are now seeking submissions from interested stakeholders on our consultation paper Assessing Distributed Energy Resources Integration Expenditure by 20 January 2019. Submissions should be emailed to with the subject line: Submission to DER Integration Expenditure Assessment Consultation Paper.

Alternatively, you may post submissions to:

Mr Arek Gulbenkoglu
A/General Manager, Distribution
Australian Energy Regulator
GPO Box 520
Melbourne, VIC, 3001

We prefer that all submissions be publicly available to facilitate an informed and transparent consultative process. Submissions will be treated as public documents unless otherwise requested. Parties wishing to submit confidential information should:

  • clearly identify the information that is the subject of the confidentiality claim
  • provide a non-confidential version of the submission in a form suitable for publication.

All non-confidential submissions will be placed on our website. For further information regarding our use and disclosure of information provided to us, see the ACCC/AER Information Policy.

Issued date: 
19 November 2019
AER reference: 
AC 162/19
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