Australia is an example of where the ‘future’ energy system is already happening. This has been driven by a number of factors, which could happen to any country. System transformation is happening at such a rapid pace that the traditional institutional practices have been unable to keep- up with change, causing issues for both the technical and social aspects of transformation. This includes action by the Government and Regulator, with a clear lag between system change and its governance – an issue that is not uncommon in many countries currently. It shows how difficult it can be to coordinate governance change in the face of rapid technical, system and social change and as such it is a region IGov has followed closely. For a good overview of the Australian energy system, it governance and the insights it is providing on energy system transformation we recommend the blog on National Electricity Market Overview for a more graphic summary of what has been happening see this presentation. All of the resources we have produced to date are below.
IGov 18th Feb 2019 read more »
Renewable energy experts have called on federal and state governments to invest in additional transmission infrastructure and storage, saying Australia’s emissions reduction targets won’t be met without rapid policy action. A statement issued by more than 40 experts, following a three-day symposium at the Australian National University, says renewable energy is now central to efforts to mitigate climate change, and the energy sector has been deploying solar and wind power at “unprecedented” rates. “But there are emerging bottlenecks, and the present market settings do not deliver for consumers,” the joint statement says.
Guardian 19th Feb 2019 read more »
Australian hydrogen infrastructure developer H2U confirmed today that it will use Baker Hughes NovaLT gas turbine generators at its South Australian Renewable Hydrogen and Ammonia Supply Chain Demonstrator in Port Lincoln. H2U won the AUD$117.5 million green tech project a year ago in partnership with German-based thyssenkrupp. Partially funded by $4.7M in grants and $7.5M in loans from the South Australian Government’s Renewable Technology Fund, the project will integrate new hydrogen technologies, including a 15-MW electrolyzer plant, a distributed ammonia production facility, and a 10-MW hydrogen fired gas turbine and 5-MW hydrogen fuel cell, which will both supply power to the grid.
Renewable Energy World 11th Feb 2019 read more »