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Providing battery information for small generation units

05 June 2018

Registered agents in the Small-scale Renewable Energy scheme are being encouraged to provide additional battery information when submitting a ‘register small generation unit’ form in the REC Registry​.

We have recently updated the REC Registry to enable agents to voluntarily submit this information.

Why you should provide this information

As battery storage system installations grow and costs continue to reduce, estimates indicate that there could be 100,000 batteries installed in Australia by 2020, and 1 million by 2030. Because of this and subject to a rule determination from the Australian Energy Market Commission, the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) is establishing a national register for distributed energy resources, which extends to battery storage systems. 

Having a national register will help to manage the electricity system by improving the information about how many batteries are being installed and where they are.

To assist AEMO develop the register, we will begin collecting more battery storage system information as an interim measure.

Providing battery storage system information does not impact on small-scale technology certificate applications, however, the benefits of providing this data include:

  • improved safety and security of power systems in the National Electricity Market
  • improved operation of the electricity grid by AEMO
  • good preparation for the disclosure of battery storage products once the national register is available
  • improving the safety of consumers, line workers and installers, and
  • the ability to publish data on battery storage systems reported to the Clean Energy Regulator.

Further information

For more information, see Battery storage and the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme.

Forms and resources for agents and installers​ showing you how to provide information is available, including:


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