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The AER today has released a Consultation Notice for its first trial waiver The Regulatory Sandboxing trial waiver function allows the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) to grant a time limited trial waiver for eligible trial projects, exempting an innovator from having to comply with specified rules for a period of time to allow a trial to proceed. The Victorian Regulatory Sandboxing trial waiver function allows Essential Services Commission (ESC) to issue trial waivers providing time limited relief from Victorian energy frameworks. For more information, please see our trials page and the AER's Trial Projects Guidelines. application from Endeavour Energy.
The Energy Innovation Toolkit receives a lot of enquiries concerning virtual power plants and peer-to-peer transactions. To make things easier for innovators we have published a regulatory explainer on these kinds of technology, including information about how they work and what regulations apply. If you want to know more about VPPs or P2P trading see our article here.
The Energy Innovation Toolkit receives a lot of enquiries concerning selling energy. To make things easier for innovators we have published a regulatory explainer on how energy is sold and purchased and the kinds of regulations that apply. If you want to know more about selling energy see our article here.
Read more about some guidance we provided an innovator about islandable microgrids through our Innovation Enquiry Service The Innovation Enquiry Service (IES) provides innovators with informal guidance on how their new technologies or business models can be delivered under current energy regulation. This includes what energy regulation and market entry requirements might apply to your project, options that exist to adapt your business idea to progress under current energy frameworks, what energy bodies you might need to contact, as well as what processes and applications you might need to undertake, and why. For more information about what the IES does and does not provide, please see our About page, and our IES process page. here.
The Energy Innovation Toolkit receives a lot of enquiries concerning network tariff trials. To make things easier for innovators we have published a regulatory explainer on these kinds of tariffs, including information about how they work and who instigates them. If you want to know more about network tariff trials see our article here.
With the passing of legislation and making of rules enabling trials providing relief from national energy frameworks, the Australian Energy Regulator The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) regulates electricity networks and covered gas pipelines in all jurisdictions except Western Australia. The AER sets the amount of revenue that network businesses can recover from customers for using these networks. The AER also enforces the laws for the National Electricity Market (NEM) and spot gas markets in southern and eastern Australia, as well as monitoring and reporting on the conduct of market participants and the effectiveness of competition. (AER) and the Australian Energy Market Commission The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) is an independent statutory body that works for Australia's future productivity and living standards by contributing to a decarbonising, affordable and reliable energy system for consumers. The AEMC makes and amends the National Electricity Rules (NER), the National Gas Rules (NGR), and the National Energy Retail Rules (NERR), and manages the rule change process. The AEMC does this in accordance with the national energy objectives, the central focus of which is the long-term interests of consumers. They also provide market development advice to governments. (AEMC) are now accepting applications for trial waivers and trial rule changes respectively.
Legislation to allow the Energy Innovation Toolkit to offer trial proponents time-limited regulatory relief through trial waivers and trial rule changes has passed through the upper house of South Australian Parliament.
On 18 October 2022, the legislation enabling the provision of trial waivers by the AER and trial rule changes by the AEMC passed the House of Assembly and is now awaiting passage through the Legislative Council.
The Energy Innovation Toolkit will be at this year's All-Energy Australia Conference on October 26th and 27th in Melbourne. This event is free to attend and will have a great variety of energy innovators, market participants, government agencies and peak bodies in attendance to chat to.
Brendan Staun (Director of the EIT) and Lyndal Bubke (Assistant Director) will be at our booth in the Clean Energy Start-up Zone (booth GG108) to answer your questions and get your enquiries started. Come and get on-the-spot guidance as to what regulations might apply to your project, and find out how you can apply to get detailed, tailored guidance from the AER and its project partners The Energy Innovation Toolkit’s Project Partners are the Australian Energy Regulator (AER), the Essential Services Commission (ESC), the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). For more information on Project Partner roles and responsibilities, please see our about page and our trials page. .
We look forward to meeting with innovators, existing industry professionals and anyone else who might be curious to find out more about what we do and how we can help.