Energy Networks Australia demands approval for stand-alone power systems

Energy Networks Australia is calling for regulation change to allow network businesses to install stand-alone power systems for some rural and remote energy customers. »Such a move would mean lower power prices for all customers and better reliability for customers at the fringe of the electricity grid,« says the organization’s CEO Andrew Dillon: »The catch is the current regulatory framework restricts network businesses from installing stand-alone power systems to customers, even where they are the logical option.«
Providing grid-supplied power to people in regional and remote areas »is generally far more expensive, with significant poles and wires infrastructure, sometimes extending hundreds of kilometers, required to service limited numbers of people.« Stand-alone systems can avoid the high cost of providing poles and wires in remote areas – for which all energy customers pay.
Energy Networks Australia represents Australia’s electricity transmission and distribution networks and gas distribution networks.

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