In 2019, Australia’s Energy Security Board provided advice on a long-term, fit-for-purpose national electricity market design that would allow DERs or decentralised networks to operate. These recommendations were endorsed by state energy ministers, including those enabling energy sharing communities. Some adjustments to the rules under review for the 2025 plan could affect energy sharing communities.
There is proposed legislation to establish a new federal government entity: the Australian Local Power Agency (ALPA). This is part of a larger plan to increase community ownership in renewable energy projects. It would be paired with a mandate for all new large-scale renewable energy developments to offer up to 20% ownership to the local community.
Under the proposal, ALPA would offer to underwrite new community-owned renewable energy through both grants and loans, and work to establish ‘Local Power Hubs’ in regional areas. This could allow smaller towns to become self-sufficient and encourage DNSPs to consider future network planning that incorporates local generations.