#Official Energy Thread

Developments in Regional South Australia. Including Port Lincoln, Victor Harbor, Wallaroo, Gawler and Mount Barker.
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Re: #Official Energy Thread

#211 Post by Vee » Thu Aug 06, 2015 5:16 pm

Update on the Hornsdale Wind Farm project.
This has received the green light for construction to begin soon on the 100+ turbine wind farm near Jamestown. Hornsdale wind farm gained a 20 year supply contract in a recent ACT wind auction.

The project means construction jobs and ongoing local jobs injecting $ into regional SA and the state economy.
And more clean energy, in line with the SA's commitment to renewable energy (50% RET by 2050).
Hornsdale Wind Farm will generate approximately 1,050,000 mega watt hours of clean, renewable electricity into the national power grid each year, thereby making a major contribution to Australia’s greenhouse gas reductions.

These reductions will be equivalent to taking either 290,000 cars off the road or planting 1,900,000 trees, producing enough electricity to power approximately 180,000 homes with renewable energy.

Hornsdale gets green light.
Renew Economy:
... the primary driver for the project is not the RET, but the ACT feed in tariff, where it secured a 20-year feed-in tariff of $92/MWh under the recent auction.

Construction on the first 100MW is expected to begin in months, with South Australian firms Catcon and CPP confirmed as contractors, and is expected to be in operation in 2017.
“This project helps reinforce South Australia’s reputation as the country’s foremost renewable energy state, and helps contribute to the $10 billion low carbon investment target as well as the (state’s) 50 per cent renewable energy target , both to be achieved by 2025"
Renew Economy:
http://reneweconomy.com.au/2015/100mw-h ... ight-94458

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#212 Post by AdelaideGold » Fri Feb 05, 2016 7:30 am

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#213 Post by monotonehell » Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:43 am

If I'm reading that right, the tl;dr is non-baseload renewables are driving baseload non-renewables out of the marketplace creating a niche for storage technology and baseload renewables - but with a short term surge in prices as suppliers attempt to cover expected short term losses?

Could it be that the market is working?
Exit on the right in the direction of travel.

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#214 Post by PeFe » Sat Jul 23, 2016 12:29 am

From News.com.au
Lyon Group plans to build the world’s biggest solar and battery project in Roxby Downs starting next year

WORLD’S LARGEST: An artist's impression of the $300 million Kingfisher solar and battery project planned for Roxby Downs.

UP to 800,000 individual solar panels will make up the world’s largest solar plus battery project which is targeted for construction in regional South Australia next year.
The mooted $300 million Kingfisher scheme in Roxby Downs will generate around 100 jobs during construction and is being promoted as a ground breaking enterprise to usher in greater stability and efficiency for solar power output.
Giant batteries housed in shipping container sized units alongside the panels will be used to top up power when required David Green, a director of Brisbane based Lyon Group which is behind the project has announced.
“The area around Roxby Downs is one of the best solar resources in the country,” Mr Green said. “We’re working with the SA government and Roxby Downs council to allocate land for the project.”
The plan comes as SA households and businesses struggle with rising and volatile electricity prices with debate continuing as to how to best integrate renewable energy into the national electricity market.
A benefit is expected to be cheaper energy down the track.
“Baseload electricity pool prices in SA are nearing $100/MWh which is a huge cost for major energy users and affects their productivity and global competitiveness,” he added.
“Investor pressure and economics are lining up behind solar and storage for Australia.”
“SA major energy users need an energy supply answer which reduces costs while also providing a good emission outcome. We think Kingfisher is a big part of the energy solution for the state.”

Full article : http://www.news.com.au/national/south-a ... 8b527f1264
Why isn't this proposed/or being built at Port Augusta?
Port Augusta is already an energy connection hub, thanks to the previously operating coal fired power station.
I did't even know that Roxby Downs is part of the National Electricity grid, if so it must at the very north western end...
And if this gets built where does it leave the various proposals for a solar farm near Port Augusta?

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#215 Post by Waewick » Sun Jul 24, 2016 10:50 pm

They are competing interests. I'd say it's one or the other.

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#216 Post by PeFe » Mon Jul 25, 2016 4:38 pm

Interesting article from In Daily on the renewable energy debate

http://indaily.com.au/opinion/2016/07/2 ... evolution/

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#217 Post by Wayno » Mon Jul 25, 2016 6:03 pm

PeFe wrote:Interesting article from In Daily on the renewable energy debate

http://indaily.com.au/opinion/2016/07/2 ... evolution/
Would need a highly motivated politician to enact the necessary changes.

There's just so many vested interests in dirty energy, from big companies, investors, through to families whose jobs depend on the coal industry, for example.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

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#218 Post by rhino » Thu Sep 08, 2016 4:35 pm

SA Government to purchase 75 per cent of its long-term electricity needs
The South Australian Government says it will launch a tender to buy 75 per cent of its long-term electricity needs in an effort to increase competition.

SA has been hit hard by spiralling electricity costs over recent years and the Government wants to introduce a new competitor to the market.

Premier Jay Weatherill said current rules allowed private electricity companies to drive "prices higher by withholding supply".

"A small number of energy suppliers in South Australia have too much power," he said.

"If we increase competition, we will put the power back into the hands of consumers."

South Australia's electricity provider, the Electricity Trust of South Australia, was privatised in 1999.

It changed its name to SA Power Networks in 2012.

Mr Weatherill said the tender was a "medium-term" response to the need to drive down prices.

In addition to the tender process, the Government will commit $24 million toward a program incentivising local gas producers to extract more gas and supply it to the local market.

The Australian Energy Market Operator reported last month that price volatility in July was caused by a record cold, high gas prices resulting from constrained supply from the east coast, and a planned upgrade of the interconnector to Victoria.

"We need stronger physical links into the rest of the National Energy Market so South Australia can continue to increase its supply of wind and solar power and sell it into the national grid," Mr Weatherill said.

State Opposition Leader Steven Marshall said households should not expect any relief from high power prices.

He said the Government had pushed too hard for wind farms.

"He [Mr Weatherill] thinks that putting a tender together is going to somehow create an incentive to bring base load back into South Australia," he said.

"It's his own policy which has driven base load out of South Australia."

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#219 Post by Goodsy » Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:12 pm

http://www.afr.com/business/energy/elec ... 130-gu1ylt
Snowy Hydro has made its first commitment for decades to a new large-scale renewables project, involving a $200 million solar farm in South Australia that will be later supplemented by batteries.

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Re: #Official Energy Thread

#220 Post by Vee » Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:06 pm

National electricity market - ownership, generation, distribution, interconnection, cost etc in the spotlight.

Plan, action needed for cheaper power, security and responsiveness to climate change.

New research raises the prospect (of)...Public-owned Australian power grid could solve energy issues
Economist says national electricity market has been crippled by design flaws and a failure to take climate change into account.

Australia’s electricity woes could be solved through a unified and publicly owned national power grid, a discussion paper has said.
 The paper authored by University of Queensland economist Prof John Quigginsays the creation of the national electricity market in the 1990s has failed to lower power prices and improve system reliability or environmental sustainability.

It argues the electricity grid, including physical transmission networks in each state and interconnectors linking them, should instead be publicly owned.
Renationalised grid, zero emissions
And it says that “renationalised” grid should be responsible for maintaining a secure power supply and moving towards a zero emissions industry.

Quiggin said minor changes to the current national electricity market would not be able to resolve the “energy instability” that was holding Australia back.
Nation-building reform
Professor John Spoehr (Flinders Uni) said ....
" ...the current system is unreliable and untenable."
"This is a discussion we have to have, as a catalyst for genuine, nation building reform.”
The Guardian:
https://www.theguardian.com/business/20 ... per-argues

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