Country:Australia
Year:2004
Policy status:Ended
Jurisdiction:National
Date Effective:2004
Date Ended:c. 2014
Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments
Policy Target:Energy Sector>Distribution/Storage, Energy Sector>Electricity Generation>Renewable
Agency:Department of Industry
URL:http://www.ret.gov.au/Documents/mce/default.html
Description:

The Australian Government worked with states and territories to identify and act on specific rule changes required in the National Electricity Market (NEM) to maximise the benefits of distributed (including renewable energy) generation. Work focussed on addressing barriers when establishing new national distribution regulatory frameworks.

In January 2008, a new framework for the economic regulation of distribution was established. The new national distribution connections framework was expected to be established in late 2010 and new distribution network planning and expansion arrangements were under development. Separately, several new rules addressing renewable energy integration issues were implemented including: technical connection standards for wind generation (2007); and central-dispatch arragnements for wind and other intermittent generations (2008).

The MCE proposed a new rule (Scale Efficient Network Extensions) that would improve efficiency of access for new generators in prospective areas, such as new renewable development areas.

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