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 21 – 21st November 2017

    November 21, 2017

    Global Insight 21 – 21st November 2017

    Australia Off-grid solutions for rural customers cheaper option for networks The Australian Energy Networks Association (ENA) in conjunction with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) and the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) have called for a rule change to allow the networks to provide off-grid solutions to rural connections.  They state that recent trials in Western Australia have shown that using solar and battery storage with diesel generator back-up provides a more reliable, cost effective solution.  The rule change is required as networks are not allowed to provide generation or retail services, the same as the

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  • Global Insight 20 – 14th November 2017

    November 14, 2017

    Global Insight 20 – 14th November 2017

    Australia Solving the problem of apartment living and rooftop solar Industry analysts SunWiz have released their monthly update for October and have announced that small-scale solar (>100kW) has had its best October to date with registrations for 107MW of generation.   They estimate that if this growth continues then small-scale solar would have installed 1GW for the year.  The registrations were made up primarily of large commercial (75-100kW) and large domestic (6.3-8kW).  Costs for small-scale solar are also falling with a 5kW system costing  in the region of £3000. Solving the problem of apartment living and

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  • Global Insight 19 – 7th November 2017

    November 7, 2017

    Global Insight 19 – 7th November 2017

    Australia Steel giant recognizes the value of DER It is not just households that are recognizing the benefits of distributed energy (DER) in Australia.  This week one of GFG Alliance’s  Australia steel works has announced plans to use DER to reduce its energy expenditure and improve its sustainability.  GFG Alliance has invested in ZEN Energy and has announced plans to build 1GW of renewables to help power the companies Wyhalla plant.  The combination of 200MW solar PV, 100MW/100MWh battery storage, 100MW of demand response and a 120MW/160MWh pumped storage is expected to reduce the plants

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  • Global Insight 18 – 31st Oct 2017

    October 31, 2017

    Global Insight 18 – 31st Oct 2017

    Australia Network Opportunity Maps The Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) in Sydney in collaboration with Energy Networks Australia (ENA), and with support from government and industry have released their Network Opportunity Maps.  The maps data sets can be loaded to give detailed information of network opportunities including expected network constraints and so developing a market for new energy services.  This will enable renewable energy solutions and demand-side response initiatives to easily identify which areas they could benefit.  The maps are similar to the Distributed Energy Resource (DER) plan which the IGov project have been recommending

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  • Global Insight 17 – 24th Oct 2017

    October 24, 2017

    Global Insight 17 – 24th Oct 2017

    Australia The National Energy Guarantee The big news story in Australia this week is the Turnbull Government’s announcement of the National Energy Guarantee (NEG).  The NEG will replace the Renewable Energy Target which is due to finish in 2020 and is in place of a Clean Energy Target which was recommended by the Finkel Review in June this year. The NEG has been recommended by the newly appointed independent Energy Security Board to give investor certainty and to deliver affordable, reliable and to some extent, low-emission generation.  The NEG is made up of two parts

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  • Global Insight 16 – 10th Oct 2017

    October 10, 2017

    Global Insight 16 – 10th Oct 2017

    Australia ARENA and ENA provide an overview of the future grid edge market place The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and Energy Networks Australia (ENA) have teamed up to start discussions towards moving the national electricity market (NEM) towards a customer focussed, decentralised grid.  Part of this transition will involve providing value for current customers DER.  ARENA and the ENA have proposed that the current distribution network operators role will be split into that of  distribution system operator (DSO) and a distribution market operator (DMO).  The DSO responsibilities will be that of providing ‘safe, reliable

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  • Global Insight 15 – 3rd Oct 2017

    October 3, 2017

    Global Insight 15 – 3rd Oct 2017

    Australia Energy market transformation The Australian National Energy Market (NEM) has been swift in its implementation of some of the Finkel Review recommendations.  The new Energy Security Board has been established to oversee the whole system transformation.  The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has also recently announced its own Expert Advisory Panel (EAP) to advise on key initiatives from the review.  This panel consists of leaders from the energy industry and is chaired by Ms Chloe Munro who was a former chair of the Clean Energy Regulator and a panel member for the Finkel review

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  • 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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