A new record for variable renewable energy was set in parts of Australia last week, with solar and wind contributing to 46.5% of the total energy used for 30 minutes on 20 August in the country's National Electricity Market (NEM).
Last week saw the publication of both AEMO’s Integrated System Plan and National Grid ESO’s Future Energy Scenarios, two documents which project the evolution of Australia and the UK’s national grids. Liam Stoker compares the two and identifies the mutual lessons to be learned.
Australia’s distributed renewables base could treble and more than 26GW of grid-scale renewables will be needed as the Australian electricity market evolves over the next two decades, a comprehensive review conducted by the country’s market operator has concluded.
The energy rulemaking body has soundly rejected loud calls from developers and investors to reform the controversial marginal loss factor regime, its system of calculating energy transmission and network losses.