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True Value Inquiry - Distributed Generation

In September 2015, the Victorian Government asked us to examine the true value of distributed generation (electricity generated by sources including solar panels).

The inquiry involved two separate but related stages. The first looked at the energy value of distributed generation (the value of electricity generated from alternative sources, like solar power). The second stage looked at the network value (the value of the electricity to the network as a whole). In both stages, we looked at the economic, social and environmental benefits of distributed generation.

In 2016-17, we completed both stages of the inquiry, delivering recommendations to the government.  We received over 2500 submissions earlier in the inquiry (2015-16) and held public forums across Victoria including in Morwell, Shepparton and Moonee Ponds.

Stage 1 – Energy value

Draft report

On 6 May, the commission released a draft report for stage 1 (energy value) of the inquiry. We received 38 submissions and held a series of public forums around the state during the consultation period.

Final report

The final report was provided to the government in August 2016.

Stage 2 – Network value

Discussion paper

On 29 June, we released a discussion paper for stage 2 (network value) of the inquiry for consultation. We received 14 submissions.

Draft report

On 15 November, we released a draft report for stage 2 (network value) of the inquiry. We received 13 submissions.

Final report

The final report was provided to the government in February 2017 and publicly released on 23 March 2017.

Associated Documents


Stage two: network value (6)
11 Oct 2017 Staff paper: distributed generation inquiry stage 2 – valuation methods and considerations
11 Oct 2017 Consultant report: distributed generation inquiry – network benefits report (Jacobs)
15 Nov 2016 Schedule of Public Forums – Stage 2 Draft Report
15 Nov 2016 Distributed Generation Inquiry Draft Report – Network Value
(18) Submissions
29 Jun 2016 Distributed Generation Inquiry Discussion Paper – Network Value
(13) Submissions
Stage one: energy value (3)
06 May 2016 Distributed Generation Inquiry Draft Report – Energy Value
(38) Submissions
06 May 2016 Distributed generation inquiry – public forum information