Research conducted by the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program aims to inform public policy. Researchers within the program engage with energy market bodies and policy makers at international, national and state and territory levels.

Discussion Paper: Community, batteries

May 2023

This paper discusses the potential impacts of “community batteries”, or more generally medium-scale batteries, on the equity and ecological sustainability of the energy system. The discussion is situated within the context of an energy system in the throes of sweeping changes, driven by climate change
and decarbonisation, that are guaranteed to continue and accelerate.

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Distributed Energy Integration Program (DEIP)

The Distributed Energy Integration Program (DEIP) is a collaboration of government agencies, market authorities, industry and consumer associations working together to maximise the value of customers’ distributed energy resources (DER) for all energy users.

Three BSGIP team members play roles in DEIP – Lachlan Blackhall, Chair, DEIP Interoperability Steering Committee (ISC), Ben Weise, Chair, DER Integration API (Application Programming Interface) Technical Working Group and Deborah Taylor, Secretariat role for both the DEIP ISC and the DER Integration API Technical Working Group. 

In August 2021 an implementation guide enabling technology systems, devices and software to “talk to each other” was officially released. The Common Smart Inverter Profile (CSIP) – Australia (otherwise known as the Australian Implementation Guide for IEEE2030.5) is a set of guidelines for the management of DER in the electricity system. These guidelines enable interoperability, that is the ability of different informational technology systems, devices and software applications to engage in two-way communication. CSIP also includes a common understanding regarding what information will be shared, the format for the information and how it is to be used among network and system operators. 

The CSIP publication marks the culmination of over two years of collaboration and work between industry, R&D organisations and market and regulatory bodies including the Australian Energy Market Operator, ARENA, the Australian Energy Market Commission, the Australian Energy Regulator and the Australian National University, facilitated through DEIP. 

Find out more about DEIP.

Policy Submissions

The below submissions have been written by researchers working within the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program on behalf of the Program or as part of a broader cohort of researchers:


Response to consultation on National Battery Strategy (March 2023)

Response to NSW Government Issues Paper: Going circular in clean energy (March 2023)

Response to the Australian Energy Market Commission consultation: Unlocking CER benefits through flexible trading (February 2023)

Response to the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water: Consultation on incorporating an emissions reduction objective into the national energy objectives (February 2023)


Response to the Energy Security Board: Transmission Access Reform Directions paper (December 2022)

Response to National Electric Vehicle Strategy. Combined ANU Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program and Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions submission (October 2022)

Response to the Energy Security Board: Electric Vehicle Smart Charging Issues Paper (August 2022)


Submission to the Australian Energy Regulator: Better Resets Handbook – Towards Consumer Centric Network Proposals (October 2021)


Response to the Energy Security Board: Post 2025 Market Design Consultation Paper (October 2020)

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources – Technology Investment Roadmap Discussion Paper (June 2020):

Submission to the Energy Security Board: Moving to a Two-Sided Market Consultation Paper (May 2020)

Submission to the Retail Energy Competition Review: Electric Vehicles Issues Paper (Mar 2020)

Submission to the Australian Energy Regulator: Assessing DER Integration Expenditure Consultation Paper (Jan 2020)


Submission to the Northern Territory Government: Preparing the Northern Territory for Electric Vehicles Discussion Paper (Nov 2019)

Submission to the Energy Security Board: Post 2025 Market Design Issues Paper (Sep 2019)

Submission to Australian Energy Market Commission Regulatory Sandbox Consultation (Jan 2019)

Submission to Energy Networks Australia and the Australian Energy Market Operator: Open Energy Networks Consultation Paper (Aug 2018)