Final Government approvals for core lithium to move on first lithium production in the NT

Final Government approvals for core lithium to move on first lithium production in the NT

Core Lithium’s Managing Director, Stephen Biggins, said “The Finniss Lithium Project will create more than 200 direct full-time jobs in the Northern Territory, additional employment in South Australia and has the potential to inject more than half a billion dollars into the local economy during its first three years of operation.

How your home battery can help keep the grid stable and prices down

How your home battery can help keep the grid stable and prices down

The data, supplied by Tesla, has been analysed in a knowledge sharing report published by the Australian Energy Market Operator, the first fruit from AEMO’s virtual power plant demonstrations – in this case a South Australia trial with Energy Locals, in a consortium with Tesla.

MPower moves to full construction of 5MW solar farm in South Australia

MPower moves to full construction of 5MW solar farm in South Australia

The plans of renewable microgrid specialist MPower to develop a series of 5MW grid-connected solar farms continue to make progress, with a new EPC contract inked for one of its South Australia projects.

CleanCo says still in market for storage, despite RE400 going to one wind farm

CleanCo says still in market for storage, despite RE400 going to one wind farm

CleanCo’s state government owners announced last week that the entirety of the 400MW in the renewable and storage tender would go to the huge MacIntyre project south west of Warwick which, armed with a 400MW contract for 10 years, and a 103MW wind farm to be built on the same site for CleanCo, will forge ahead to build a 1026MW wind facility, the biggest in Australia.

Adelaide Airport first to switch bus fleet to 100% electric

Adelaide Airport first to switch bus fleet to 100% electric

“Adelaide Airport is the aviation gateway to South Australia, processing more than eight million passengers annually – and we strive for innovative solutions and continuous improvements in all areas including bus transport,” Cox said.

Elon Musk's Battery Farm Is an Undeniable Success

Elon Musk's Battery Farm Is an Undeniable Success

The battery backup Elon Musk built to win a bet has saved South Australia tens of millions of dollars.

Climate change taking toll on reliable electricity supply, industry panel says

Climate change taking toll on reliable electricity supply, industry panel says

In recent months, large-scale battery systems have proven highly valuable in efforts to maintain secure supplies of power, including during multiple instances where South Australia found itself “islanded” from the rest of the National Electricity Market .“The current story of Australia’s power system is one of immense challenge and equally immense opportunity,” chair of the Reliability Panel and AEMC commissioner Charles Popple said.

South Australia separates from NEM, again, as interconnector troubles return

South Australia separates from NEM, again, as interconnector troubles return

In the immediate aftermath of the latest disconnection at the Heywood interconnector, wholesale electricity prices in the South Australian region spiked to more than $5,000 per MWh, and then fell to negative $300 per MWh, as the market operator worked to maintain a balance of supply without the ability to send excess wind and solar generation out of the state.

Equinor ditches plan to drill for oil in Great Australian Bight

Equinor ditches plan to drill for oil in Great Australian Bight

Newly appointed federal resources minister Keith Pitt, meanwhile, described the decision as “extremely disappointing,” and particularly hard for South Australia, but stressed that the Coalition would continue to encourage the development of Australia’s offshore fossil fuel resources – and that the Bight was still open for business.“The Bight remains one of Australia’s frontier basins and any proposals for new oil and gas fields in this area will be assessed daily and independently,” Pitt said in a statement on Tuesday.

Hydrogen potential for local gas networks in SA and Victoria

Hydrogen potential for local gas networks in SA and Victoria

The Australian Hydrogen Centre will also work on feasibility studies focused on 10 per cent blending into the entire state gas networks in South Australia and Victoria.

South Australia re-connected to main grid as AEMO completes delicate operation

South Australia re-connected to main grid as AEMO completes delicate operation

The South Australia electricity market has been re-connected to the main national grid after the Australian Energy Market Operator completed a delicate operation to “resynchronise” the state using a temporary single line that was completed in little more than two weeks after ferocious storms tore down the main link with Victoria.

Tim Nelson to leave AEMC and move to Infigen Energy

Tim Nelson to leave AEMC and move to Infigen Energy

Nelson is leaving to join Infigen Energy, the listed renewable energy company that owns wind farms in NSW and South Australia, a big battery in South Australia, and recently secured the operations of two fast-start gas generators that it will use to “firm” the output of renewables and expand its activities in the business market.

Solar and wind curtailment reached record levels in 2019, says AEMO

Solar and wind curtailment reached record levels in 2019, says AEMO

AEMO says self-curtailment from solar and wind projects over the quarter was highest on days with extended negative spot prices, such as on November 11, when a record high of 968MW of output was curtailed at 1300, coinciding with low daytime demand, transmission outages, and a spot price of -$343.33/MWh. System strength constraints in South Australia, and transmission outages and other network constraints, had also contributed to curtailment levels “much higher than historical outcomes,” AEMO said.

Solar and battery “community renewables park” planned for Orange, NSW

Solar and battery “community renewables park” planned for Orange, NSW

Plans to build a large-scale solar and battery storage plant in the central western New South Wales city of Orange have been submitted to the local council by the Australian arm of ITP Renewables.

AEMO tightens settings, flags more constraints, as Portland smelter hangs off S.A. grid

AEMO tightens settings, flags more constraints, as Portland smelter hangs off S.A. grid

Four wind farms – Lake Bonney and Canunda in South Australia, and Macarthur and Portland in Victoria, have been constrained to zero as a result of the tornado that tore down the transmission lines.

South Australia to be energy island for two weeks, four wind farms sidelined

South Australia to be energy island for two weeks, four wind farms sidelined

South Australia’s electricity grid will be effectively “islanded” for up to two weeks, following the dramatic weather events on Friday that resulted in a tornado knocking down at six large transmission towers on one of the main 500kV lines in Victoria.

Australia’s bushfires are approaching its capital Canberra

Australia’s bushfires are approaching its capital Canberra

The Rural Fire Service of New South Wales, the state surrounding the capital, warned of severe fire danger for the Australian Capital Territory, with flames and embers projected to spread well inside the region on Saturday.

Know your NEM: Soft demand keeps prices low, Coalition’s bad gas play

Know your NEM: Soft demand keeps prices low, Coalition’s bad gas play

If the new transmission link to South Australia had been built instead of remaining in the approval process while the AER considers its revenue requirements, Tomago may not have needed to constrain its output and in general NSW risk would be reduced.

South Australia looks to back-up diesel generators to clip demand peaks

South Australia looks to back-up diesel generators to clip demand peaks

This year, it has been the turn of coal-dependent NSW to suffer prices at the market cap, in this case as a result of the heatwave and the bushfires.“Enabling local businesses to fire up their backup generators and supply the electricity market will add a revenue stream for the businesses and deliver lower prices for everyone else,” the South Australia minister for energy Dan van Holst Pellekaan said in a statement.

MPower starts work on two more 5MW solar farms for South Australia

MPower starts work on two more 5MW solar farms for South Australia

Renewable microgrid specialist MPower has begun early works on two new 5MW solar farms in South Australia, as the Tag Pacific subsidiary continues its focus on smaller grid-connected PV projects.

Neoen wants Tesla big battery expansion to be on line in March

Neoen wants Tesla big battery expansion to be on line in March

French renewable energy developer Neoen hopes to have the additional capacity at the so-called Tesla big battery in South Australia to be on line and operating in March.

Australia fires: news and updates

Australia fires: news and updates

The massive bushfires in Australia are still spreading as heat, high winds, and (mostly) dry weather as flames keep burning through much of the southeastern part of the country.It’s currently summer in Australia, and high temperatures, dry weather, and wildfires are not unusual this time of year.

'Shovel ready': Spanish firm to put $500m into Australian wind and solar farm

'Shovel ready': Spanish firm to put $500m into Australian wind and solar farm

Spanish energy giant Iberdrola says it has decided to invest $500m in a wind and solar farm in South Australia as the first of a series of renewable power projects it hopes to develop in Australia.

The day rooftop solar met two thirds of South Australia’s total demand

The day rooftop solar met two thirds of South Australia’s total demand

The latest South Australia Electricity Report published by AEMO on Thursday shows how far the state has come over the last 10 years: in 2018/19 the contribution of wind and solar combined to provide 52% of the state’s total generation.

Enough ambition (and hydrogen) could get Australia to 200% renewable energy

Enough ambition (and hydrogen) could get Australia to 200% renewable energy

We also identified potential demonstration projects across Australia, such as: large-scale production of liquid hydrogen and export from the Pilbara in Western Australia hydrogen to support steel manufacturing in South Australia injecting hydrogen into the gas networks in Victoria and support industry and electricity generation hydrogen to supply transport fuel for major users such as trucks, buses and ferries in New South Wales, and hydrogen to produce ammonia at an existing plant in Queensland.

South Australia household batteries keeps lights on in Queensland after coal unit fails

South Australia household batteries keeps lights on in Queensland after coal unit fails

The VPP detected the frequency drop and immediately injected power into the grid from residential batteries installed on SA Housing Trust properties across the state, contributing with other providers to return the system back to normal, said South Australia energy minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan in a separate statement.“Although the Virtual Power Plant is in its early days, it is already demonstrating how it can provide the network support traditionally performed by large conventional generators,” the minister said.

Big wind farm and even bigger battery approved for South Australia

Big wind farm and even bigger battery approved for South Australia

RES Australia plans to build a 183MW wind farm with a 215MW big battery near South Australia’s Barossa Valley have won development approval from the state government, the company said on Friday.

GE’s Largest Battery Deal Yet Will Support a 200MW Australian Solar Plant

GE’s Largest Battery Deal Yet Will Support a 200MW Australian Solar Plant

GE won its biggest grid battery deal so far, to supply a solar plant in South Australia.The Australia market offers one of the fastest-growing opportunities for hybrid generation, said Gianpaolo Giuliani, energy storage global sales director at GE's Renewable Hybrids unit.

One year on, how good is Morrison’s climate and energy denial?

One year on, how good is Morrison’s climate and energy denial?

(Actually Victoria’s targets are for 2025 and 2030, right now it is struggling just to meet its share of the federal target, and South Australia’s grid is already more than 50% wind and solar and looking pretty solid, with the state Liberal government now aiming for “net 100%).Taylor said Hazelwood closed down because it couldn’t cope with the rate of growth of “intermittent” (a phrase he used a lot) renewables.

UPC buys into South Australia pumped hydro and solar projects

UPC buys into South Australia pumped hydro and solar projects

The surge in development proposals in South Australia continues, with UPC Renewables and its Philippine parter AC Renewables buying a majority stake in the Baroota pumped hydro project and a neighbouring 300MW solar project, with a view to locking in finance by the end of the year.