National Electricity Market Energy Balancing

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The National Electricity Market connects Queensland, NSW, the ACT, Victoria, SA and Tasmania, and has more than 9 million customers. Wind and photovoltaic systems are becoming more common, but coal and gas are still the main sources of electricity – except in South Australia.

Fig. 1. A snapshot of our modelling

In this project, we use real historical electricity market and renewable resource data, to find least cost power generation mixes that produce no greenhouse gas emissions, and provide electricity according to the rules of the NEM.

In early 2017, the group released a report investigating the balancing support that pumped hydro energy storage could provide for a renewable grid in Australia. Read the summary and full report.

Updated:  29 May 2017/ Responsible Officer:  RE100 Leader/ Page Contact:  RE100 Webmaster