Standards Australia has released its Roadmap for Standards and the Future of Distributed Electricity report which aims to help shape the development of standards to support the transition of electricity networks and technological advances related to electricity distribution and consumption.
The report is a plan of action and underlines areas of consensus and are in urgent need of engagement. A highlight of the roadmap will be the increased participation in international standards development—resulting in greater harmonization and facilitation of trade.
The report was produced as a result of a discussion paper and industry workshop held in August 2016 which enabled industry, consumer, and government stakeholders to express priorities and identify relevant international standards for use in Australia.
Standards Australia CEO Dr Bronwyn Evans said ensuring robust frameworks for management of the network as it changes is critical.
“Standards are an important element of the overall technical infrastructure, supporting the physical infrastructure so that it functions, safely, securely, and the way it was intended,” Evans said.
Energy Networks Australia CEO John Bradley said better standards for distributed electricity would enable the customer-driven transformation of Australia’s electricity system.
“The future electricity system could see 10 million participants with distributed energy resources providing about 40 percent of electricity,” Bradley said.
“Better standards will be vital to unlock the full value of these resources while enabling dynamic monitoring, operations, and control to keep the system safe, reliable, and secure.
“This report provides a clear plan for providing a standards framework that supports innovation while maintaining safety, reliability, and system security.”
Click here to view the Roadmap for Standards and the Future of Distributed Electricity report.