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End of era with Yallourn closure

End of era with Yallourn closure

Yallourn has been home to a coal-fired power station for 100 years, but it was recently announced that this would come to an end in 2028 with the closure of the current four unit Yallourn W power station. In providing seven years notice of closure, EnergyAustralia has given the market, policy makers and government time to adjust and avoid shocks. We take a look at the announcement and some history of the power station.

BY AEC Mar 11 2021
New Energy Jobs Plan: Bold or brash?

New Energy Jobs Plan: Bold or brash?

The political landscape in WA offers different visions for the best way to obtain a reliable, secure and cost-effective energy system. The WA Liberal’s recently unveiled “New Energy Jobs plan” is head turning for the numbers included and the aggressive move towards renewables. We look at the policy and what it might mean for key stakeholders.

BY Graham Pearson Feb 18 2021
Engagement and governance key to success

Engagement and governance key to success

The Australian Energy Market Operator is undertaking reviews of its stakeholder engagement and governance processes. To help inform these inquiries, the AEC and ENA commissioned a report that has provided a range of recommendations.

BY AEC & ENA Feb 04 2021
Concerns remain post-Liddell

Concerns remain post-Liddell

On Friday 20 November the modelling undertaken for the Liddell Taskforce was finally released, following the September release of the Taskforce report.

BY Carl Kitchen Dec 10 2020
Victoria’s big battery: What exactly is it for?

Victoria’s big battery: What exactly is it for?

Announced with great fanfare on 5 November, the Victorian Big Battery may not win any prizes for imaginative naming, but it’s an intriguing project for a host of reasons.

BY Allan O'Neil for AEC Nov 26 2020
The wildcat strike: Twenty years on

The wildcat strike: Twenty years on

We are often discussing the new challenges of securely operating a power system with new renewable and storage technologies. Twenty years ago the National Electricity Market supply was much more uniform relying on conventional large power systems, predominately coal. But that was no cruise either as the power system then faced a routine threat as big as anything we face today, but has now abated: industrial action.

BY Ben Skinner Nov 05 2020
Queensland election: Power pledges

Queensland election: Power pledges

Based on the political pundits the election could be close, although recent polls show Labor with its nose in front on a two-party preferred basis (slightly ahead of its 51.2 - 48.8 per cent winning margin from 2017). Labor holds government with a two seat majority and in many key seats the race is very close.

BY Australian Energy Council Oct 29 2020
NSW Generation: What impact intervention?

NSW Generation: What impact intervention?

This week the Federal Government announced it would be prepared to step in to have 1000MW of dispatchable capacity built to replace the retiring 1680MW Liddell power station in NSW if the private sector does not “step up”.

BY Carl Kitchen Oct 26 2020
Putting the squeeze on prices and competition

Putting the squeeze on prices and competition

A new paper has found a drop in the spread of retail market offers following the re-introduction of price re-regulation in July last year.

BY Carl Kitchen Oct 08 2020
Green paper sends carbon signal

Green paper sends carbon signal

Unlike the Federal Government’s recent energy-related announcements, the NSW Productivity Commission’s Green Paper appeared quietly. While it did not attract the same high-profile focus, it put forward recommendations that could impact on the energy landscape.

BY AEC Oct 08 2020
Governance and Regulation of Market/System Operators

Governance and Regulation of Market/System Operators

In this era of dramatic changes in the energy markets – with completely new generation technologies, revolutionary impacts of distributed technologies, and a deepening transmission grid all interacting – the market and system operator’s role, performance and industry engagement are crucial.

BY AEC & ENA Sep 10 2020
Germany’s coal-exit laws part of “unique experiment”

Germany’s coal-exit laws part of “unique experiment”

While the debate on coal-fired power stations has recently re-entered the news cycle in Australia, in Germany the debate formally ended this month with the passing of laws that will see its 84 coal plants close by 2038.

BY Carl Kitchen Jul 30 2020
REZs: Can they overcome the prisoner’s dilemma?

REZs: Can they overcome the prisoner’s dilemma?

Last week the NSW Government announced its intention to expedite plans for the state’s second REZ in New England.

Towards net zero: Australian Energy Council backs long-term carbon policy

Towards net zero: Australian Energy Council backs long-term carbon policy

Whilst we’ve been rightly focussed recently on the pandemic crisis, decarbonising the economy continues to be the biggest long-term challenge for our industry, as it has for over two decades and will continue to be so for another generation.

BY Sarah McNamara Jun 25 2020
The energy market: A sensible place to stimulate the economy?

The energy market: A sensible place to stimulate the economy?

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen major shifts across the globe, with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg warning that the shadow of the economic shock will be profound and long-lasting.

BY Ben Skinner May 07 2020
A solar challenge: Managing rooftop systems

A solar challenge: Managing rooftop systems

The need to better manage the amount of solar PV generation produced on Australian rooftops was one focus of the Renewable Integration Study: Stage 1 report released last week. While outlining the potential for renewable generation in the grid, the study released by Australian Energy Market Operator also illustrates the hurdles that need to be met.

BY Carl Kitchen May 07 2020
COVID-19 brings reform challenges

COVID-19 brings reform challenges

The COVID-19 pandemic threat and the Government’s response to it have introduced extraordinary changes to our communities and our economy. As businesses deemed non-essential were forced to close, and others restructured to idle towards the proposed ‘snap-back’ on the other side, energy businesses have ramped up their capability as they simultaneously restructured their entire operating model.

BY Ben Barnes Apr 24 2020
DER: Does WA’s roadmap set the right direction?

DER: Does WA’s roadmap set the right direction?

Last week Western Australia released a Distributed Energy Resources Roadmap that seeks to set out a framework to allow the further development and integration of DER into the South West Interconnected System over the next five years.

BY Graham Pearson Apr 09 2020
Climate policy toolkit: What impact will state tinkering have?

Climate policy toolkit: What impact will state tinkering have?

The Climate Change Authority has released a research report titled Prospering in a Low-Emissions World: An Updated Climate Policy Toolkit for Australia. This Toolkit aims to ensure Australia maintains a coordinated national approach to meeting its commitments under the Paris Agreement.

BY Rhys Thomas Apr 02 2020
(Energy in a time of COVID-19) Do we need a reliability hair trigger?

(Energy in a time of COVID-19) Do we need a reliability hair trigger?

On Friday 20 March the COAG Energy Council met and considered reliability and security in the National Electricity Market. Were its conclusions well-founded, or did the teleconference result in it being divorced from the realities of the energy market and the consumers who are at its mercy?

BY Duncan MacKinnon Mar 26 2020
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