AEMC makes frequency response mandatory for all generators, renewables to be hit with costs

AEMC makes frequency response mandatory for all generators, renewables to be hit with costs

The Australian Energy Market Commission has approved new rules requiring all generators within the National Electricity Market to deliver frequency control services, despite concerns that the new mandatory rules may disproportionately burden wind and solar generators.

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.

Australian power prices forecast to fall by 7% by 2022 as cost of renewables drops

Australian power prices forecast to fall by 7% by 2022 as cost of renewables drops

In its latest report on the health of the national electricity market, to be released on Monday, the ESB credits new low-cost renewable generation for driving down wholesale prices and warns that severe weather and ageing coal power plants are threatening reliability of supply.

Why is pumped hydro in Australia not used very much?

Why is pumped hydro in Australia not used very much?

Corporatisation of the various supply authorities during the 1990s, requiring them to operate like profit maximising businesses, was followed by the establishment of the National Electricity Market, the completion in 2001 of the major inter-connector between Queensland and New South Wales, and the construction of gas fired peaking power stations.

Renewables supply 30% of NEM demand over entire week for first time

Renewables supply 30% of NEM demand over entire week for first time

The milestones for renewable energy production in Australia’s main electricity grid continue apace, with the share of wind, solar and hydro reaching 30 per cent of National Electricity Market demand for a whole week for the first time.

Australia’s main grid copes just fine with minimal amount of coal

Australia’s main grid copes just fine with minimal amount of coal

Over the last 30 days coal generation in the National Electricity Market in aggregate is down 8%, or an annualised figure of 11TWh (terrawatt hours) compared to the same period a year earlier (PCP).

Federal government needs to stop the magical gas merry go round

Federal government needs to stop the magical gas merry go round

Importing high cost liquefied gas when Australia is the world’s leading exporter is paying for a merry ground we don’t need.Australian energy consumers know gas sets the high prices for electricity in the national electricity markets.Australia doesn’t need any import terminals to supply gas.

BP starts UK rollout of 400 ultra-fast EV charge-points

BP starts UK rollout of 400 ultra-fast EV charge-points

BP said the new 150kW chargers will be able to provide convenient ultra-fast charging to support the continued growth of the UK’s EV market.David Newton, chief operating officer of BP Chargemaster, said: “We believe our establishment of a nationwide ultra-fast charging network will be transformative for the electric vehicle market in the UK.

Angus Taylor’s Liddell taskforce slammed as guise for propping up coal

Angus Taylor’s Liddell taskforce slammed as guise for propping up coal

It is yet another intervention by Taylor into the energy market, including his so-called “big stick”, and his proposal for underwriting new generation investments, including potentially extending the life of the Vales Point coal fired power station.“The Morrison and Berejiklian Governments are acting to ensure there is no repeat of the impact on the National Electricity Market following the premature closure of the Hazelwood Power Station in Victoria,” Taylor said in a statement.

BHP energy tender could deliver “game changing” shift to renewables

BHP energy tender could deliver “game changing” shift to renewables

BHP consumes about 6 terawatt-hours in Chile, around seven per cent of that country’s annual electricity demand, and it has a 300MW requirement for the operations on Australia’s National Electricity Market, including for the power-hungry operations at Olympic Dam in South Australia.“We are in market in both Chile and Australia for significant amounts of energy,” the head of low emissions technology at BHP, Kirsten Rose, said at the Energy and Mines conference in Perth this week.

PM Barzani: Kurdistan will join international efforts to protect environment, use renewable energy

PM Barzani: Kurdistan will join international efforts to protect environment, use renewable energy

Barzani affirmed that the Kurdistan Region would join international efforts to protect the environment, integrate environmental awareness in its curriculums, improve recycling, take advantage of renewable energy and eco-technology, introduce the electric car in its automobile market, expand public transportation, and move toward clean energy.

Major regulatory disruption to embedded networks on the horizon

Major regulatory disruption to embedded networks on the horizon

The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) recently released draft changes to the network and retail exemption frameworks that currently regulate embedded networks in the National Electricity Market. The draft changes go deep, proposing that exempt network service providers and exempt sellers will face obligations that closely mirror those required of distributers and retailers.

Networks unveil “safe and fair” rooftop solar, battery connection standards

Networks unveil “safe and fair” rooftop solar, battery connection standards

Standardised guidelines to govern the “safe, consistent and efficient” installation of rooftop solar and storage across Australia’s National Electricity Market have been released by Energy Networks Australia. In comments on Thursday, Dillon said Thursday’s guidelines were about safe, consistent and efficient grid connections to help reduce costs for networks and customers.

2018: The year fossil fuels began their inexorable decline

2018: The year fossil fuels began their inexorable decline

Within the east coast National Electricity Market both coal and gas generation fell in absolute terms in 2018 relative to the prior year. However, given just how much wind and solar capacity will come online over 2019, hydro could have a down year and overall renewables will still grow its market share.

Gupta’s Simec pushes into Victoria, says “baseload” renewables to “change the game”

Gupta’s Simec pushes into Victoria, says “baseload” renewables to “change the game”

(AAP Image/David Mariuz) The South Australia based, Sanjeev Gupta-owned Simec Energy has been granted a licence to retail in Victoria, extending its reach across all of the states of the National Electricity Market to offer its “baseload renewable energy” product to businesses and large energy users.

Coalition has an energy vision: No more renewables, or emission cuts, before 2030

Coalition has an energy vision: No more renewables, or emission cuts, before 2030

Energy minister Angus Taylor said it showed that emissions from electricity generation in the National Electricity Market (NEM) – which covers most states apart from W.A. and the Northern Territory –  will fall to 26 per cent below 2005 levels by 2022.

Australia’s biggest solar farm at Coleambally sets new production records

Australia’s biggest solar farm at Coleambally sets new production records

Neoen’s Australia boss Franck Woitiez says Coleambally is a landmark project for the company and Australia’s renewable energy sector, producing the highest energy output of any solar farm in the country’s National Electricity Market at present.

Energy Estate, MirusWind propose 4GW wind and solar project in NSW

Energy Estate, MirusWind propose 4GW wind and solar project in NSW

The Walcha Energy Project is by the far the biggest single renewable energy project proposed for the National Electricity Market, and beaten only in scale by the 11GW wind and solar project proposed by CWP, Macquarie, Vestas and others in W.A.s remote Pilbara region, where the output is designed for export to Asia and to support local manufacturing and other industry.

Small scale solar surge continues to reshape Australia’s grid

Small scale solar surge continues to reshape Australia’s grid

The latest Quarterly Dynamics Report issued by the Australian Energy Market Operator notes that average generation from small scale rooftop solar installations (less than 100kW) rose by 21 per cent across the National Electricity Market over the last 12 months, with Victoria and South Australia both recording increases of 32 per cent.

Batteries hold key to grid’s thorniest problems, but regulations block the way

Batteries hold key to grid’s thorniest problems, but regulations block the way

Outdated rules, and the slow pace of regulatory change, are hampering the roll out of large-scale battery storage solutions on Australia’s grid, even as those solutions are ready to solve some of the National Electricity Market’s thorniest problems, including high prices and reliable supply.

NSW councils sign up for Moree solar farm to slash electricity costs

NSW councils sign up for Moree solar farm to slash electricity costs

“This innovative approach, achieved through a renewable energy Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), allows councils to purchase renewable electricity without exposure to the volatility of the National Electricity Market (NEM),” SSROC said in a statement.