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  • Global Insights: 16th October 2018

    October 16, 2018

    Global Insights: 16th October 2018

    AUSTRALIA Monash University to go 100% renewable Monash University in Melbourne, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and Indra Australia have announced a microgrid trial that will test the ability of the Monash University Clayton campus’ embedded network to become 100% renewable.  The Au$7.1 million trial has received Au$2.97 million from ARENA and the results from the trial will be used to inform the Distributed Energy Integration Program (DEIP) announced last week and to help other universities to transition towards using renewable energy. The microgrid will use up to 1MW of rooftop solar, 20 buildings

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  • Global Insights: 9th October 2018

    October 9, 2018

    Global Insights: 9th October 2018

    AUSTRALIA ARENA announces whole system DER initiative The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) have announced an initiative this week that will see the energy industry institutions come together to harness the potential of distributed energy resources (DER), the behind the meter resources such as solar PV and storage. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and ARENA have forecasted that up to 45% of Australia’s generation could come from DER by 2050.  In order to maximise the value of DER for all energy user a multi body initiative, the Distributed Energy Integration Program (DEIP),

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  • Global Insights: 2nd October 2018

    October 2, 2018

    Global Insights: 2nd October 2018

    AUSTRALIA New ruling for generators to bring down costs for consumers The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) announced a new ruling for technical standards for generators this week.  The new ruling sets local technical performance standards for generators who wish to connect to the grid.  Currently there is a one size fits all approach for performance standards in voltage and frequency regulation.  The new ruling would allow the connection to be based on the system requirements for the local area, e.g. if there is already ample capability for voltage control this would not be required

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  • Presentation: Direction-setting for energy system transformation

    October 1, 2018

    Presentation: Direction-setting for energy system transformation

    Direction-setting for energy system transformation From: Matthew Lockwood Presentation to: Direction-setting for energy system transformation, Chatham House, 26 September 2018 Summary: Direction-setting as the focus of today’s workshop Why does it matter? What are some of the issues to consider? IGov framework proposals   This presentation can be found here: Direction-setting for energy system transformation – Matthew Lockwood

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  • Global Insights: 25th September 2018

    September 25, 2018

    Global Insights: 25th September 2018

    AUSTRALIA AGL fails to report data and meet its emission targets in Victoria AGL, one of Australia’s largest energy companies, has come under fire from the Victorian Essential Services Commission (ESC) (the Victorian regulator) after failing to provide its 2017-18 performance report for energy retailing on time and failing to meet its emission offset levels. AGL stated that it was unable to provide the performance report due to limitations in their current reporting platform and the need to complete a ‘full rebuild’ of their reporting capability.  This then pushed the ESC to suggest that there

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  • Global Insights: 18th September 2018

    September 18, 2018

    Global Insights: 18th September 2018

    AUSTRALIA AEMC finalises decision on distributed energy resources register The Australian Energy Market Commission has made a final rule that will allow the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) to establish a register for distributed energy resources which includes household PV and storage. The rule will not come into effect until 1st December next year with information guidelines for the register published in June.  The register will allow the market operator visibility of DER, especially home storage.  Currently there are no schemes or subsidies in place for home storage which means AEMO is unable to see

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  • Global Insights: 24th July 2018

    July 24, 2018

    Global Insights: 24th July 2018

    AUSTRALIA AEMO releases Integrated System Plan The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) is the system operator and national transmission planner.  This week AEMO released its inaugural Integrated System Plan (ISP) which builds on its annual National Transmission Network Development Plan.  The idea behind the ISP is to give a more coordinated approach to system planning and a long term strategic plan for the future of the energy market which will incorporate the policies from the National Energy Guarantee and state-based policies. The plan recognises that there are fundamental changes happening within the Australian energy system

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  • Global Insights: 17th July 2018

    July 17, 2018

    Global Insights: 17th July 2018

    AUSTRALIA ACCC report recommends extensive changes to the NEM The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) have released a report this week on retail pricing in the National Electricity Market (NEM).  The report recognises that competition in the NEM is not working and that the current approach to policy, regulatory design and promotion of competition is not working in the best interests for consumers.  The report has 56 recommendations around four broad areas: Boosting competition in generation and retail Lowering costs in networks, environmental schemes and retail Enhancing consumer experiences and outcomes Improving business outcomes

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  • 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

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  • 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

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