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ActewAGL acts on Assembly call to harness clean battery power

November 30, 2017

On Friday the ActewAGL Distribution conducted a trial of feeding distributed battery power into the grid. This follows a motion from Labor Member Chris Steel MLA, passed in the Assembly on 25 October, calling on ACT energy providers to deploy the technology.

Up until this point, household batteries in the ACT were ‘behind the meter’, storing electricity for household use only, rather than feeding into the grid during times of peak demand.

“Today Reposit trialed an ACT Virtual Power Plant with @ActewAGL…” – Reposit Power. https://twitter.com/RepositPower/status/933898221931315202

“I applaud ActewAGL Distribution for taking responsible steps to harness the power of the growing number batteries in households and businesses across Canberra,” Chris Steel said.

The trial lasted for 2 hours from 1:50pm on Friday and was available to ACT residents with Reposit-enabled batteries. During the trial, battery owners sold their energy at a higher price to help support the network. The trial was conducted with innovative Canberra company Reposit, which offers GridCredits to battery owners at $1 per kWh to dispatch electricity from distributed battery storage systems during times of peak demand. This compares with only 11c under the Solar Feed-in-tariff.

“The Reposit technology allows power stored in household batteries to be dispatched in the grid to help manage peak demand, and the retailer pays the battery owner a premium for the power used. It’s a win-win,” said Mr Steel.

The ACT Government is investing $25 million for battery storage systems for Canberra households and businesses, as part of the Next Generation Renewables Program, making it one of the largest rollouts of battery storage in the world.

 “Up until now, households with batteries were operating in a micro-grid of one household. The technology being tested by ActewAGL Distribution enables every household battery in the ACT to act as a virtual power plant,” said Mr Steel.

The recent Finkel Report acknowledged the role of batteries and financial incentives for consumers ‘if they agree to manage demand and sharing resources of solar panels and battery storage’.

“Batteries are a key technology in the transition to renewables because distributed battery power offers a source of clean renewable electricity when it is needed by the grid,” said Mr Steel.