Global Insight

Each week we post an update of some of the interesting developments relating to future energy systems that have caught our eye. Within the IGov research we are focusing on developments in a number countries including Germany, Denmark, New York, California and Australia, but are also tracking developments more broadly across a number of continents. The weekly update will report on these.

  • Global Insight 14 – 25th July 2017

    July 25, 2017

    Global Insight 14 – 25th July 2017

    Australia TransGrid see a 100% renewable future TransGrid, the transmission network operator for New South Wales, spoke about how it sees the future for renewables at a recent Clean Energy Summit. Tony Meehan, Executive Manager, Regulation for TransGrid highlighted the role transmission will play as new renewable zones will need to be exploited.  TransGrid feels that in order to move to a 100% renewable future then there is a need to commit to large growth in new large renewables, in combination with the growth in DER.  Tony Meehan commented that by exploiting these renewable resources

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  • Global Insight 13 – 18th July 2017

    July 18, 2017

    Global Insight 13 – 18th July 2017

    Australia COAG Energy Council meeting backs 49 out of the 50 Finkel review recommendations The Coalition of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council met on Friday to discuss the findings of last month’s Finkel review on the future security of the National Electricity Market (NEM) with 49 out of the 50 recommendations getting the go ahead.  The Clean Energy Target (CET) was the only recommendation that the panel felt needed further research.  The recommendations included the introduction of an Energy Security Board (ESB) which includes both independent and industry representatives to oversee a whole system reform

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  • Global Insight 12: 11th July 2017

    July 11, 2017

    Global Insight 12: 11th July 2017

    Australia New rule for wind generation back-up A new rule put into force this week by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), will constrain intermittent generation to 1200MW unless 4 gas generators are online in order to protect power system security. In SA this week this meant that wind generation was curtailed to 1100MW as only three gas generators, providing synchronous generation, bid into the market. This may end the reduction in wholesale electricity prices that have been achieved due to high wind generation – which can sometimes achieve negative spot prices, forcing the average

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  • Global Insight 11 – 4th July 2017

    July 4, 2017

    Global Insight 11 – 4th July 2017

    Global Insight 11: 04-07017 Australia Sonnen to enter into battle Australian storage market Sonnen is to enter into the market for Australian storage with an offering of £9,800 for a combined solar and storage deal.  This would include the customer entered on to the ‘SonnenFlat’ deal which promises them no electricity costs for electricity drawn from the grid, although the standing charge (c$1 per day) would still need to be paid.  In return Sonnen will take control of the storage systems and offer their grid balancing services to networks as a Virtual Power Plant (VPP). 

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  • Global Insight 10 – 27th June

    June 27, 2017

    Global Insight 10 – 27th June

    Global Insight 10: 27-06-17 Australia Gigafactory to be opened in Darwin Energy Renaissance, backed by UGL, is planning to build a $100 million gigafactory to manufacture large-scale lithium ion batteries in Australia. This will be the first of four planned by the group. They will be concentrating on increasing the efficiency of batteries in hot weather, a particular problem in Australia and plan on creating a market within the Asia-Pacific region. If correctly positioned these factories could answer the employment crises within areas which previously relied on coal based enterprises. Europe Sweden aims to become

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  • Global Insight 9 – 20th June

    June 20, 2017

    Global Insight 9 – 20th June

    Global Insight 9: 20-06-17 Australia AEMC call for submissions on its Distribution Market Model The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), the rule maker for the National Electricity Market (NEM) has released its draft report outlining the possible future for the electricity distribution system in response to the current capacity provided by DER in the NEM. The report recognizes the role distributed generation could play in the future electricity system – optimization of DER, demand response and frequency control; and the changing role of the distribution system operator from capacity provider to market provider/facilitator. The final

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  • Global Insight 8 – 13th June 2016

    June 13, 2017

    Global Insight 8 – 13th June 2016

    Global Insight 8: 13-06-17 Australia The Finkel Review: The independent review into the future security of the National Electricity Market Friday saw the release of the highly anticipated Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market authored the Chief Scientific Officer, Dr Alan Finkel. The review was initiated following a blackout in South Australia due to intense storms in September last year. The need for the review was again highlighted in February when heatwaves caused the market operator to agree to load shedding due to cover a capacity shortfall. The review concentrates

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  • Global Insight 7: 6 June 2017

    June 6, 2017

    Global Insight 7: 6 June 2017

    Global Insight 7: 06-06-2017 Our weekly round up of stories that caught our eye from around the world on energy system change. Australia CSIRO releases a Low Emissions Technology Roadmap The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have released their roadmap this week to identify and value low emission technologies that can help Australia achieve their Paris Agreement targets whilst addressing the energy trilemma. The report recognises that improvements in energy productivity – the ratio of output divided by energy consumption – will lead to abatement no matter which course of action is taken. It

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  • Global Insight 6: 30 May 2017

    May 30, 2017

    Global Insight 6: 30 May 2017

    Global Insight 6: 30-05-2017 Our weekly round up of stories that caught our eye from around the world on energy system change. Australia Carbon Capture and Storage now financed by Clean Energy Finance Corporation The Australian coalition government has announced that legislation prohibiting the financing of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) is to be removed.  The government say that this is to provide a  ‘technology neutral, non-ideological, approach to national energy policy’.  The move has also been welcomed by the Energy Networks Association.  The government see CCS as

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  • Global Insight 5: 23 May 2017

    May 22, 2017

    Global Insight 5: 23 May 2017

    Global Insight 5: 23-05-2017 Our weekly round up of stories that caught our eye from around the world on energy system change. Australia AEMO and ARENA pilot project for demand response The Annual Market Performance Review 2016, released last week by the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), the rule-maker for the National Electricity Market (NEM), highlighted possible problems to system security and reliability within the NEM due to the current and future closures of thermal generation. Following this, the Australian Market Operator (AEMO) and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) have announced plans for a 3-year

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