This could be a significant situation, and one to watch with interest. As is suggested in the article Australia has been seen as a test bed, and indeed a 'hot' market for domestic energy storage. Tesla, Sonnen, Enphase, and many others, including home based manufacturers have been very active in Australia. Of course standards and safety are critically important to the long term future of the industry. This would though would be a big blow for the industry. I don't know how much authority this group has, as a voluntary organisation, or the reasoning behind the ban, if indeed that is the suggestion, but I'm sure the storage market will react strongly. That said, those in the flow battery sector, and of course Aquion will be pleased as punch! Alhough a similar situation exists in New York, I think this could have a bigger negative impact on the industry.
Extraordinarily, there are currently no standards for lithium ion battery storage in Australia, as we reported back in March last year, but deliberations began in June. However, both the Clean Energy Council, and the Energy Storage Council have issued their own guidelines, which do not include a ban. The proposal is being seen as going from one extreme to another, and well beyond where are other jurisdiction such as Germany or California, the other big household battery storage markets, have gone. Australia is considered to be the world’s test market for battery storage, thanks to its extraordinary high grid costs, mostly due to the pricing of the network, and its high penetration of rooftop solar.