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Owners of home batteries in Western Australia will be able to export electricity to the grid by the end of the year.

The Western Australian Government said that consumers will have more power with home batteries and electricity vehicles able to export electricity to the grid from 1 December 2015.

WA Energy Minister, Mike Nahan, said he has embraced the ‘Uber-fication’ of the electricity sector and believes it’s important to challenge the largely state-controlled market.

Dr Nahan said the government was working to remove regulations that would block new technologies and investors from challenging the status quo.

“This arrangement now means eligible customers can install battery storage or EV facilities to complement their solar PV systems and export unused electricity onto the network,” Dr Nahan said.

“This is an important development given the emerging future trends which forecast widespread installation of solar PV, plus storage systems.”

Jessica Dickers is an experienced journalist, editor and content creator who is currently the Editor of Utility’s sister publication, Infrastructure. With a strong writing background, Jessica has experience in journalism, editing, print production, content marketing, event program creation, PR and editorial management. Her favourite part of her role as editor is collaborating with the sector to put together the best industry-leading content for the audience.

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