Homeowners 25th June 2021

Can solar customers be charged for export?

Clare Archer
Can solar customers be charged for export?

You may have recently heard about the new rules coming into play that could result in customers being charged for the energy they export to the grid. Got questions? We’ve broken it down for you.

What does this mean for new and existing solar owners? 

The AEMC (Australian Energy Market Commission) has proposed a set of rule changes which include “enabling distribution networks to offer two-way pricing for export services”. This means your local distribution network could decide to introduce export charging.

However, safeguards are in place for consumers. You will get a say on proposed changes, and the Network must put in place a transition plan that must be approved by the Australian Energy Regulator.

What could export charging look like? 

AEMC advise that they expect pricing structures that provide free export up to a threshold, or limits and charges during certain times of day. Networks that decide to introduce new pricing structures for export will each do this differently because of their unique customer composition and capabilities.

Are there benefits to customers? 

To put it shortly, yes. This rule change is one small piece of a larger reform that aims to place the Australian electricity grid in a position that supports both the use and export of energy in a sustainable way for the future.

What can I do to protect myself? 

Customers who reduce their overall exposure to the grid will reduce the impact of this rule change as well as future changes to electricity costs. AEMC advises that customers would benefit from investing in battery.

We expect these new rules to come into play from 01st July 2021. You can read about it on the AEMC website here: www.aemc.gov.au/rule-changes/allowing-dnsps-charge-exports-network.

If you would like to find out more about the benefits of installing a battery, click here where we go into detail about how batteries can help reduce your energy bills.