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  • Global Insight 23: 4th December 2017

    December 5, 2017

    Global Insight 23: 4th December 2017

    Australia The Big Battery officially switched on On the 1st December South Australia officially turned on the Hornsdale Power Reserve – the Tesla Big Battery.  The battery, the world’s largest at 100MW/129MWh, was the result of tweets between South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.  Musk had promised to install the battery within 100 days or it would be free.  The battery is connected to the grid next to the 315MW Hornsdale wind farm and proved its worth even before the official switch on.  The battery discharged 70MW into the grid in

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  • New Thinking: Building political consensus for energy transformation in Britain

    November 22, 2017

    New Thinking: Building political consensus for energy transformation in Britain

    Building political consensus for energy transformation in Britain Matthew Lockwood, IGov Team, 23rd November 2017 The IGov project is about the governance structures and processes needed for the transformation of the British energy system. At the heart of this transformation is the need for the radical decarbonisation of energy, but in a way that is affordable and secure. We believe (and it is now fairly widely accepted) that this transformation will also involve a move away from a centralised supply focused paradigm towards more flexible demand and the expansion of distributed energy resources; indeed these

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  • 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 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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  • Submission: Comments on the Open Letter on the RIIO-2 Framework

    September 29, 2017

    Submission: Comments on the Open Letter on the RIIO-2 Framework

    Comments on the Open Letter on the RIIO-2 Framework Submission from Helen Poulter, Catherine Mitchell and Richard Hoggett, Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter 1. Introduction The Energy Policy Group (EPG) of the University of Exeter welcomes the chance to review the Open Letter on the RIIO-2 Framework. The Open Letter (OL) is part of a group of related documents published on 4 August 2017: the Ofgem Strategy for Regulating the Future Energy System; a joint BEIS / Ofgem plan for a smart, flexible power system with the Government (which resulted from the January

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