EARTHCHAT: Rooftop Solar Systems energy trading system trial - Project EDGE

15&16 Oct:

Rooftop Solar Systems, with project EDGE (Energy Demand and Generation Exchange), can become engaged in a simulated market and trading system in a new 3 year regional trial.

The energy systems which exist today were designed for one-way flows of electricity from large-scale generators to consumers. But this means that the full value of the rooftop solar systems and other renewables owned by Australian households and businesses are not fully realised. However, with record volumes of rooftop solar being installed and more big wind farms and solar farms coming on line, Australia is now developing a distributed energy system with less reliance on the old coal fired generators..

Project EDGE aims to develop a new energy marketplace that fully realises the financial and environmental benefits of your renewables investments – with incentives for various levels of participation. 

To summarise project EDGE briefly:

• It will be based primarily in the Hume region across 12 local council jurisdictions;

• The $28 million project will see Mondo partner with AusNet Services, AEMO and local entities to develop  a replicable model for trading of electricity and grid services from Distributed Energy Resource (DER) that can be expanded across the National Electricity Market (NEM); and

• The project will pioneer the creation of a new market for DER to be dispatched and traded as part of the NEM.

But households and businesses can sell their power to the grid already, so why is this different? Well, you are PAID to participate, but what control do you have?

Matt Charles-Jones is the Community Energy Partner manager with Mondo, who have teamed up with AusNet Services and AEMO in this project.

Matt joins Peter and David on EarthChat this week to explain more about this innovative trial, and an opportunity for community participation.

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