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 Insights: 10th July 2018

    July 10, 2018

    Global Insights: 10th July 2018

    AUSTRALIA Work underway to provide a battery comparison register A project is currently being undertaken by the Victorian government, with funding provided by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and in conjunction with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Smart Energy Council, to create a comparative battery register. Australia is expecting a surge in the number of small scale battery installations to complement the almost 2 million household who currently have solar PV installed.  The register will enable householders and businesses to compare storage brands in terms of cycles, depth of discharge,

    Read More »
  • Global Insights: 3rd July 2018

    July 3, 2018

    Global Insights: 3rd July 2018

    AUSTRALIA AER to review bidding practices in the wholesale energy market The Grattan Institute have released a report this week investigating the high prices of the National Electricity Market (NEM).  The report concludes that the high prices were caused by closure of old, low-cost, coal generators which caused a reduction in supply and pushed prices up; the rising cost of fuel i.e. black and brown coal and gas; and the ‘gaming’ of the electricity market by major electricity generators.  Gaming has been estimated to have cost customers as much as $800m in 2016-17. The report

    Read More »
  • Global Insights: 26th June 2018

    June 26, 2018

    Global Insights: 26th June 2018

    AUSTRALIA Jemena takes on Western Power’s Frank Tudor for new managing director Jemena, one of the privately owned distribution companies for Melbourne and Victoria has appointed Frank Tudor, the former CEO of Wester Power, as their new managing director.  Frank Tudor has been instrumental in Western Australia (WA) in realising the benefits of DER in the electricity system.  Western Power are the state-owned transmission and distribution company in WA and have been at the forefront of promoting the use of micro-grids.  It will be interesting to see how Frank Tudor will integrate his expertise in

    Read More »
  • Global Insights 19th June 2018

    June 19, 2018

    Global Insights 19th June 2018

    AUSTRALIA AEMO and ENA release transformation frameworks paper for consultation AEMO (Australian Energy Market Operator) and the ENA (Energy Networks Australia) have released a consultation paper on ‘how best to transition to a two-way grid that allows better integration of Distributed Energy Resources for the benefit of all customers’.  AEMO and the ENA have given possible frameworks for integrating DER: A single integrated platform where the market operator provides a central platform in which all distribution level actors are able to participate. A two-step tiered platform in which the DNO’s are responsible for optimisation and

    Read More »
  • Global Insights: 13th June 2018

    June 13, 2018

    Global Insights: 13th June 2018

    AUSTRALIA ATA and ENA show all electric is cheaper than dual fuel A report released this week by the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) and funded by Energy Consumers Australia (ECA) show that new homes, with efficient appliances, LED lighting, heat pump hot water systems and split system air-conditioning combined with a 5kW solar PV system could save the household between $900-$1,600 annually compared to dual fuel.  The report calls for education within the building industry to show the benefit of the all-electric home.  It also calls for a review of policies and programs that have

    Read More »
  • Global Insights: 5th June 2018

    June 5, 2018

    Global Insights: 5th June 2018

    AUSTRALIA AEMC moving ahead with Finkel review recommendations The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has released a consultation on a proposed rule change on technical standards for generators.  The rule change request has been preceded by collaboration between the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), generators, network businesses and power systems engineers. The rule change, originating from one of the recommendations from the Finkel review, will ensure that all new generators will meet required security and reliability targets.  The targets will be set at a local level by the network companies and are dependent on local

    Read More »
  • Global Insights: 22nd May 2018

    May 22, 2018

    Global Insights: 22nd May 2018

    AUSTRALIA New Rule for retailers prevents over-inflated discounts The AEMC have made a new rule this week that will stop energy retailers claiming larger discounts than are actually available.  The rule states that no discount can be given for any product that would be higher than the standing offer if the discount was not available.   The rule has been bought about to decrease the confusion around energy bills and the numerous discounts that are available which have made switching energy supplier confusing for consumers. Energy Networks under tax review from the AER The Australian Energy

    Read More »
  • Global Insights: 15th May 2018

    May 15, 2018

    Global Insights: 15th May 2018

    AUSTRALIA Hornsdale Power Reserve already reducing prices The Hornsdale Power Reserve (or Tesla Big Battery) in South Australia (SA)  released figures this week showing that it has managed to lower prices in the frequency and ancillary services (FCAS) market by 90%.   The battery which is responsible for 2% of the capacity in SA, captured 55% of the FCAS market which drove down prices by 90%.  It’s success in the market has been due to its speed and accuracy within the FCAS market.  This has led to the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and Tesla supporting

    Read More »
  • Global Insights: 1st May 2018

    May 1, 2018

    Global Insights: 1st May 2018

    AUSTRALIA Energy customers could leave the grid if there is limited action on affordability concerns Network charging is causing affordability concerns for some customers in the National Energy Market.  The prohibitive cost of grid connection for new homes and the rising cost of the network standing charge on basic customer bills means that off-grid self-generation and storage is now more affordable, and in some areas more reliable, than a grid connection.  If customers leave the grid this means that the remaining grid connected customers face paying even higher network charges. In order to reduce the

    Read More »
  • Global Insights: 24th April 2018

    April 24, 2018

    Global Insights: 24th April 2018

    AUSTRALIA National Energy Guarantee moves to next stage of the design process The COAG Energy Council met on Friday with one of the main points of discussion being the high-level design of the new National Energy Guarantee (NEG).  The NEG contains a Reliability Guarantee and Emissions Guarantee and the document released on Friday gives a high-level view of the how the National Energy Market (NEM) will meet the guarantee requirements.  It does not include what the Emissions Guarantee target will be but it does set out the detail of the reliability requirement. There has been

    Read More »
Scroll to top