Will network charges encourage the installation of residential batteries?

Competition and Market Regulation Update

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It remains to be seen what impact batteries will have on the operation of Australia’s electricity networks. They may become an integral part of those networks, could be used as a substitute for those networks and may significantly alter the operation of those networks.

In CKI Utilities Development Pty Ltd v Australian Energy Regulator, the Federal Court upheld the Australian Energy Regulator’s decision to reject SA Power Networks' application to impose higher network prices on customers with solar panels. Our article considers the implications of that judgment for residential battery storage.