This is a story that keeps running. Australia has long been a hot-spot for energy storage, particularly residential behind the meter scale. There has been uproar in the industry since drafts of this document were leaked, suggesting a ban on energy storage batteries in the home. No mention of laptops or phones, or the explosive potential of a car in your garage or a gas tap in your kitchen!
Clearly this will run and run for a while. Let's hope common sense prevails, not obstructionism fueled by coal and fossil fuel interests.
A set of guidelines for safely installing energy storage at customers’ houses will probably undergo significant revision from its current draft, which has been slammed as “not fit for purpose” by the head of the Australian Energy Storage Council. Consumer protection and standards organisation Standards Australia had put out the draft of its guidelines in June, aimed at helping battery storage meet the national “AS/NZS 5139:2017 Electrical installations – safety of battery systems for use with power conversion equipment” standards. The document proved extremely controversial among installers and other industry figures, who argued that proposed measures such as mandatory outdoor installation for ‘some’ batteries were unnecessary and could bring the industry to a halt.