Regulatory, technical and economic considerations for Utility scale storage

Regulatory, technical and economic considerations for Utility scale storage

12 Oct 2017, 11:10 AM - 12:30 PM

Room 219, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
English (Australia)

Chair: Mary Hendriks, Australian Energy Storage Alliance


Policy and Regulatory considerations for Grid-scale batteries for distribution utilities

Jill Cainey, Grid Solutions Global Application Director - Energy StorageS&C Electric Company

Australian and New Zealand electricity utilities are exploring how batteries can help support their networks and deliver value to their customers.  S&C Electric Company has recently deployed a 250 kW / 500 kWh Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) for Counties Power in Taukau, North Waikato.  The pilot project will allow counties Power to assess how electricity storage as a network asset can help avoid reinforcement costs and explore other opportunities to manage networks, through providing ancillary services to the Transmission system and reducing demand profiles via peak shaving.

The project in NZ builds on S&C Electric’s successful delivery of BESS, one of which is the 6 MW / 10 MWh battery for UK Power Networks in Leighton Buzzard, which removed the need for reinforcement and secured additional income to cover the cost of the asset through providing fast frequency response to the Transmission System Operator, avoiding Transmission charges and tolling for an electricity supplier.

While regulatory arrangements in NZ allow the ownership and operation of batteries by utilities and support the provision of services by distribution network service providers to the transmission system operator, this latter ability to deliver services is typically not supported by regulators.  As our energy systems change, regulations need to adapt to facilitate delivering system flexibility at lowest cost to the end consumer.


Utility scale stability and battery storage

Emma Fagan, Energy Policy and Regulatory Manager, Tesla Energy


Utility-Scale Energy Storage: Business Cases and Drivers from a Decade of Deployments

Mark Leslie, Director Asia Pacific, AES Energy Storage 

AES’ Mark Leslie will be exploring business case opportunities globally drawn from AES Energy Storage’s experience deploying utility-scale energy storage projects in seven countries, ranging from frequency regulation to flexible peaking capacity, and what lessons they can offer for Australia’s NEM.


  • Mary Hendriks


    Industry Executive

    Australian Energy Storage Alliance

  • Jill Cainey


    Grid Solutions Global Application Director - Energy Storage

    S&C Electric Company

    Dr. Jill Cainey recently joined S&C Electric Company as Global Applications Director – Energy Storage, working in the Asia-Pacific office in...

  • Emma Fagan


    Energy Policy and Regulatory Manager

    Tesla Energy

  • Mark Leslie


    Director, Asia Pacific

    AES Energy Storage

    Mark Leslie is AES Energy Storage Asia Pacific’s Director and Evangelist. He has been working in multiple capacities in energy markets for more than...

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