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After much delay the energy regulator will now be required to develop a scheme of incentives for power networks to help customers reduce their power demand rather than increase it. Let's hope it's not another few years until it's introduced.
The power networks have a trove of data on customer power demand and its effects on their network, yet barely share - leaving us scrambling to measure things like solar's impact, or lack thereof, on network peaks.
Fixed charges create delays in the parity dates for solar-plus-storage, saving some of power utilities' volume. But this delay comes at a cost, both of customer goodwill and the opportunity to align the interests of solar and storage owners with those of the grid at large.