AEMO: Power Outages May Decrease This Summer Due to Surge in Solar

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has announced that the surge in solar will reduce the risk of power outages this summer. An article on the RenewEconomy website reported what Audrey Zibelman, AEMO Chief Executive, … Read more

Wind Curtailment in SA Falls to One Percent – AEMO Report

Over the first quarter of 2019, wind curtailment in South Australia has noticeably fallen due to changes in the operating guidelines and increased availability of synchronous generation on the grid. In its newest Quarterly Energy … Read more

AEMO to Include Rapid Transition to Renewables in its Next Integrated System Plan

As part of its next Integrated System Plan, the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) will include modelling for a rapid transition to renewables, a faster exit from generating coal, and a zero-emissions grid. The said … Read more

AEMC Report Cites Better Grid Integration as Solution for Unexpected Level of Renewables in Australia

A new technology is required in order to support electricity grid integration as an unexpected level of renewables is flooding into Australia’s power network. According to a report published on the website of the Australian … Read more

Australia Posts Remarkable Renewable Energy Records in 2018 -New CEC Report

The latest report from the Clean Energy Council (CEC) shows that 2018 was the best year so far for renewable energy in Australia despite political issues and disorder. 2018 also posted a record-breaking achievement for … Read more

Australia’s Grid Challenged by Increased Security Risk – AEMO Report

As Energy Matters reports, the “2017 Electricity Statement of Opportunities” report published by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) states that the grid “does not have the energy reserves it once had.” Therefore, grid stability must come outside the conventional frequency response security from the coal-fired turbines.
Purpose and Scope
According to the report, the purpose of the study is to give details to market participants to aid them in making informed decisions related to investment potential in the National Electricity Market (NEM). The latest Electricity Statement of Opportunities (ESOO) is based on the previous ESOO and patterning renewable generation builds to satisfy the proposed and present renewable energy targets in the NEM.
Furthermore, the report examines the possible generation outage events that may affect the supply reliability. This helps in determining the limitations which the short-term plans and solutions can do to solve supply shortage and find out various market opportunities in order to increase generation.
Generation Assumptions
According to the report, there are three paths for renewable generation builds in the NEM in the 2017 ESOO:
* Committed and existing generation – This assumption integrates all existing generation in the NEM and new generation that meet the commitment criteria of AEMO. Advice on commitments and retirements is founded on present industry advice.
* Concentrated renewables – This scenario presumes possible additional development after 2020 are centered specifically in Victoria due to the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET).
* Dispersed renewables – This premise assumes developments are determined by national targets that deliver a more balanced geographic spread of renewable generation across the NEM, which results in a greater penetration of renewables than is achieved if they are centered on a specific location or region.
The analysis published by the AEMO establishes that renewable generation can render essential support in order to maintain reliability even without firming capability. “However, if this renewable development was to lead to the earlier retirement of existing thermal generation, the risk of USE would increase without additional firming capability,” the report states.
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12th COAG Energy Council Meeting Discusses Competent Measures for Reliable and Secure Electricity

The 12th Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council meeting was held last Friday, July 14, in Brisbane. The main focus of the meeting is to provide Australians with definite, dependable, and inexpensive electricity while lessening emissions.