Overview

Victoria’s Neighbourhood Battery Initiative will support trials of a range of neighbourhood battery models in Victoria, from feasibility through to implementation. The Initiative will support our understanding of the role neighbourhood scale batteries can play in Victoria’s transitioning electricity system, and demonstrate a range of benefits for Victorian communities, energy users and electricity networks.

Neighbourhood scale batteries (also called community scale batteries) are a type of energy storage model that can provide multiple benefits to consumers, communities and the electricity system. Neighbourhood scale batteries are bigger than household solar batteries, ranging in power capacity from approximately 100 kilowatts (kW) to five megawatts (MW). Neighbourhood scale batteries are connected ‘in front of the meter’ to the electricity distribution network, rather than ‘behind the meter’ in a household or business premises. They would typically be located at street level in proximity to where electricity is being both consumed by homes and generated from rooftop solar.

This consultation seeks views from a range of stakeholders on the opportunities and challenges associated with neighbourhood scale batteries in Victoria. Responses to this consultation process will inform long-term Government strategy and future funding decisions to support neighbourhood-scale batteries.

The Consultation Paper provides detailed information about neighbourhood batteries including how they operate and the benefits they provide, the paper also looks at ownership and operation models and the barriers and challenges that the Government is interested in exploring. The Consultation Paper may answer questions you might have or prompt new questions that will help you provide a response to the questions.

The consultation paper has been developed to complement the Application Guidelines for the initial funding of the Neighbourhood Battery Initiative. Organisations interested in applying for funding are advised to visit the new energy website for more details. Organisations intending to apply for funding are encouraged to participate in this consultation process.

By undertaking consultation alongside funding feasibility and pilot projects, the Government is developing a comprehensive understanding of the potential for neighbourhood scale battery projects in Victoria, the needs of project proponents, and the barriers they are facing which will inform further opportunities for implementation.

The objectives of the Neighbourhood Battery Initiative are to:

  • facilitate and provide funding support for pilots, trials and demonstrations of a range of neighbourhood scale battery ownership and operational models, including customer battery access services and innovative local energy trading models;
  • address barriers to neighbourhood scale battery deployment in the National Electricity Market (NEM) both in the short term to facilitate trials and through longer-term regulatory reform;
  • engage effectively with customers and the broader community to ensure their perspectives are heard and considered as part of trial development;
  • understand the impacts of different network tariff arrangements on the viability of customer retail storage models and battery operation; and
  • understand the viability and benefit flows for different ownership/operational models and ensure the community benefits of neighbourhood scale batteries are maximised.

Have your say

We are inviting you or your organisation to have a say by providing a written submission in response to the Neighbourhood Battery Initiative Consultation Paper. The Consultation Paper provides a brief overview of key issues and presents a series of questions for stakeholders. Submissions can be uploaded below.

If you are a community member, you are also invited to participate in an online survey below.

Next steps

Responses to this consultation process will inform the policy and reform priorities for the neighbourhood battery policy workstream. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning will analyse and publish a report summarising the responses received through this consultation process and the insights from projects funded through the initial round of the Neighbourhood Battery Initiative.

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Written submission

Privacy collection notice

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Victorian privacy laws.

The information you provide will be used to inform the policy and reform priorities for the Neighbourhood Battery Initiative (NBI); future NBI funding priorities and funding rounds; and future NBI engagement activities.

Your contact details may be used by the department or its contracted service providers under confidentiality agreements to survey you about your experience with the department.

Use of your survey response

DELWP may do the following with the information you provide in the survey:

  • Make available content of surveys to the Project Team and relevant Victorian Government agencies to inform the development of the NBI for Victoria.
  • Use the personal information you provide to update you on the results of the consultation process, and to discuss the details of survey content further where necessary.
  • Publish de-identified and aggregated survey results in the DELWP consultation summary response on the DELWP website or other Victorian Government website.
  • Quote directly from your feedback in the DELWP consultation summary response.

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Use of your submission

Your submission will be collected by DELWP for the purpose of informing government policy on designing the NBI for Victoria.

Any information provided in submissions may be referred to or reproduced in the final summary report. All content that is referred to or reproduced in the final summary report will be de-identified.

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DELWP may do the following with the information you provide in your submission:

  • Make available to the Project Team and relevant Victorian Government agencies to inform the NBI for Victoria.
  • Use the personal information you provide to update you on the results of the consultation process, and to discuss the details of the submission further where necessary.
  • Quote directly from your feedback in the DELWP consultation summary response.

You may access the information you have provided to the department by contacting neighbourhood.batteries@delwp.vic.gov.au.