Battery of the nation + hydrogen export: Can they do both?

The Tasmanian government have announced that they will set a target to double their current renewable generation by 2040. Based on current market dynamics, this means that Tasmania will likely need consistent renewable generation of around 2.4 GW (assuming average requirements) or 3.4 GW (if scaled to peak demand). This opportunity to double renewable generation […]

Where do we go now…. Sweet child o’ mine?

On 6 November the Victorian government announced the commitment to deliver, along with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), the largest battery in Australia 300MW. The Geelong battery is contracted under AEMO’s System Integrity Protection Scheme (SIPS) allowing an additional 250MW to flow across the interconnector and respond to network outages during summer (the contract […]

All gas demands are equal; but some are more equal than others

One of the key objectives of the federal government’s proposal for a ‘gas-led recovery’ – besides building a 250MW gas-powered generator (GPG) – is reducing gas prices through increased supply to domestic consumers. The proposal highlights the need to invest in domestic gas exploration and transportation, as well as create an ‘Australian gas hub’ in […]

Out of sight, not out of mind: DER record growth continues

The growth in behind-the-meter distributed energy resources (BTM DER) has been a key feature of the NEM over recent years. BTM solar has grown from ~1-2% of total energy supplied five years ago to ~6% this year. In fact, looking within the day, the percentage of supply being provided by rooftop solar has been as […]

Your hearts must have the courage for the changing of the guards

Policy and regulation changes in the National Electricity Market continue to accelerate with around 26 active rule changes underway. This week we wanted to look at the quantitative impact of one of the most talked about issues in the NEM this year – System Strength. There are currently 3 rule changes dealing directly with system […]

SA ducks in the news (again); what about the QLD duck?

South Australia is back in the news again with the state achieving a world-first on Sunday, October 11, 2020. According to a recent update from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), between 12-1PM, solar power provided 100% of South Australia’s energy demand – a first in Australia and for any major jurisdiction globally. In this […]

SA shatters record: lets talk about the elephant in the room…

As springtime rolls around in the NEM, those with interest in the market are always keeping an eye on South Australia to see just how low operational demand will go and when (not so much if) the record will be broken. This year has not disappointed. On 11 October 2020 at 12:30, South Australia recorded […]

Don’t’ stop me now don’t stop me, ‘Casuse I’m having a good time

The news continues to be dominated by new renewable projects signing Power Purchase Agreements and the Integrated System Plan that is forecasting 28GW of new capacity is required by 2040. So if we are already seeing average curtailments for renewable projects of 5% across the National Electricity Market (NEM) in FY20 then how are we […]

To the left, to the left; is Liddell irreplaceable through the day?

In Issue 52, considering the recent announcement from the federal government to build a 250MW (previously 1GW) gas-fired plant in New South Wales (NSW), we investigated price volatility trends in the state and the opportunities for storage to fill the impending energy gap when Liddell retires in 2023. In this chart of the week, we […]

Need a little controversy; ‘cause it feels so empty without me?

Last week, in our chart of the week we wrote about the Federal Government’s announcement surrounding the replacement of Liddell with 1,000 MW of 24/7 dispatchable gas capacity. A week can be a long time as this figure has now fallen to 250MW – much more in line with AEMO’s suggestion in the ESOO that […]