An embedded electricity network is a private network within a building or self-contained site that serves multiple customers or end users (tenants).
All the electricity to the site is delivered through one parent connection in the NEM. This connection is commonly referred to as the “gate” meter.
Past the parent connection the asset owner (commonly the building owner) takes ownership and responsibility for the electrical infrastructure, switchboards, ducts, and reticulation. In some instances, they also take ownership of the tenancy meters.
The building/embedded network owner appoints an ENO to manage the purchase and on-selling of electricity to end users via a “large market customer” or “bulk” tariff.
In some jurisdictions, embedded network customers have the option to remove themselves from the ENO retail contract and receive electricity supply from their retailer of choice, who then become what is known as an “on-market” embedded network customer.
Embedded networks can contain residential, business or a combination of customers depending on the location and type of installation. Typical embedded network installations include apartment blocks, caravan parks, retirement villages, shopping centres, airports and office buildings.