The Tasmania State Government has welcomed an announcement by APA Group that it is progressing plans to make Basslink a regulated asset with the Australian Energy Regulator (AER). The government said Tasmania will be better off as a result of the transparent regulatory process and that it will bring Basslink in line with all other interconnectors in the National Electricity […]
Western power’s $5 million network upgrade for the Cunderdin Shire has reached the final stage of works, which are scheduled to be complete in February 2024. The work package, which started in January, involves the replacement of more than 293 poles and 47km of overhead power lines. Western Power Executive Manager of Asset Operations, Zane Christmas, said that in addition […]
The first multi-million dollar international data cable based in Northern Australia has been switched on by the country’s specialist fibre and network solutions provider, Vocus, solidifying the state as the new international data entry point for Asia Pacific. The cable connects with the company’s pre-existing North-West Cable System which runs from Darwin to Port Hedland with their Australian Singapore Cable […]
Brunswick-based energy company South Street Energy (SSE), has won the “Biggest Pitch” prize at the 2022 Victorian iAwards, for its pioneering Distributed Generation Network. The award-winning initiative enables the owners of small-scale solar, wind and biogas generation systems, to sell renewable electricity to the wholesale electricity market. SSE transformed the National Energy Market (NEM) by enabling small scale electricity producers […]
The ability to evolve and respond to maturing business needs sets Nova Systems apart. Its Global Alerting Platform for fleet maximises efficiency and minimises costs for business, while keeping people and vehicles safe and secure. The solution has been designed to adapt as needs evolve, protecting against becoming outdated or obsolete. Global Alerting Platform (GAP) for fleet equips clients with […]
The Transgrid Victoria-NSW Interconnector (VNI) upgrade project will help lower the cost of wholesale electricity across the National Electricity Market and enable better power flows between Victoria and NSW by unlocking 190 megawatts of additional energy, enough for 30,000 homes. Transgrid will do this, without the need to build additional transmission line infrastructure, by installing clever technology at their substations […]
by Lauren DeLorenzo, Journalist, Utility magazine Although moving into a residential building with an embedded network offers convenience, it can also mean higher energy prices and less consumer protection. With more Victorians than ever living in embedded networks, the Victorian Government is implementing a ban on these networks in new residential apartment buildings to ensure competitive prices and fair access […]
An expert panel has released its final report recommending a ban on embedded networks in Victoria’s new residential buildings to ensure customers have fair retail protections. The Embedded Networks Review was established as part of the Victorian Government’s election commitment to improve consumer outcomes in the energy market. The panel leading the review − comprised of energy market and consumer […]
The Marinus Link is progressing through its design and approvals phase, with the $5.5 million tender awarded for underwater geotechnical surveys. The Australian company, MMA Offshore, has won the $5.5 million contract to carry out critical engineering surveys, known as the Marine Engineering Geotechnical Site Investigation (MEGSI). The Marinus Link interconnector is a $3.5 billon proposed 1500MW electricity and telecommunications […]
Maxibor is an independent, Australian-owned Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) design and construct company with operational bases in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. Maxibor provides its HDD services across the water and sewer, rail, power, gas, telecommunications, mining defence, fuel, sea cable, data centre and renewable sectors. It has one of the largest HDD fleets in Australia, including maxi-rigs, midi-rigs, […]
In the past, increased uptake of electric vehicles has been considered a potential challenge to electricity grids, mostly due to the energy required to charge them and the likelihood of charging occurring during peak demand times. Yet this doesn’t need to be the case. With the advent of smart charging and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technologies, the charging and storage capabilities of […]
CitiPower and Powercor own and operate two of Australia’s largest electricity networks, supplying power to over 1.1 million Victorian households – including customers in Melbourne’s CBD and inner suburbs. Daly’s Constructions was recently involved in one of the most complex underground cable installation projects the Melbourne CBD has ever seen, working with CitiPower and Powercor to upgrade the city’s network […]
All Victorians now have access to a fairer electricity deal with the Victorian Default Offer being set as the new maximum price for electricity sold to embedded network customers. In July 2020, the Essential Services Commission (ESC) made a final decision on the maximum prices exempt sellers may charge customers in embedded electricity networks. Exempt sellers include owners and operators […]
The South Australian Government and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) have released a report detailing the state’s plan to reach 100 per cent renewable energy. The South Australian Government commissioned cutting- edge power system modelling by AEMO on how to manage low demand conditions due to a decade of unmanaged rooftop solar uptake. The plan, A secure transition to […]
The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has published three milestone reports detailing its progress to deliver access reforms to Australia’s energy grid. The reforms fall under the Coordination of Generation and Transmission Investment (COGATI) review. Reforming the way generators access the grid remains critical to the future of the National Electricity Market (NEM) and represents the cheapest, fastest and fairest […]
Technology is rapidly transforming many Australian and global industry sectors. For electric, natural gas, and water utility companies, the need to embrace digital transformation and evolve to become a “digital enterprise” has never been clearer. What is a digital enterprise? A digital enterprise can be defined as an organisation where digital technology plays a central role in how the company: […]
Embedded networks serve hundreds and thousands of Australians who live and work in apartment buildings, shopping centres, retirement villages, caravan parks and office buildings. These networks can provide cost benefits to those who draw energy from them by making use of innovative products and services. However, as the number of consumers using embedded networks has risen in the past few […]
Essential Energy has mobilised more than 150 personnel from across New South Wales to restore power to thousands of homes and businesses impacted by the unprecedented number of severe fires burning across north-east New South Wales. With a number of fires still burning and extreme conditions forecast, Essential Energy has warned more customers could be affected in areas where the […]
An embedded network is a private utility network within multi-tenanted premises. The embedded network provider can purchase electricity for the precinct at wholesale rates and on-sell to tenants; however, not all consumers are convinced that this model works. Here, Andrew Perry, EnergyAustralia Executive – NextGen, discusses some of the common misconceptions around embedded networks. Myth: Being part of an embedded […]
The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has released its final review on the arrangements for customers who purchase power from their embedded network provider instead of buying direct from electricity retailers. The AEMC’s Review of regulatory arrangements for embedded networks final report recommended new rules and laws to give these electricity customers more access to retail competition and consumer protections. […]
by James Pearce, Director, ENM Solutions On 1 December 2017, an amendment to the National Electricity Rules by the Australian Energy Market Commission will take effect, reducing barriers to Embedded Network customers accessing retail competition in the National Electricity Market. An Embedded Network is a privately owned and operated electricity network confined within a multi-tenant development. Customers’ consumption is consolidated to a single […]
The Australian property market is changing. More people are embracing high and medium-density living, with many developments incorporating a mix of residential, retail and commercial tenants. In the Housing Industry Association’s Forecast November 2016, around 420,000 multi-units will be commenced by the year 2020. Andrew Perry, EnergyAustralia Executive – NextGen, said the company entered the embedded networks industry in June […]
Electricity energy metering accuracy is an important step in ensuring the integrity of a billing system. Anomalies in measurements can, over a period of time, cost hundreds or thousands of dollars in errors. The accuracy of an energy meter is dependent on multiple factors, such as the load of the network (full load conditions will be more accurate than partial […]
The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has begun a review of rules for embedded networks, at the request of the COAG Energy Council. The review will explore a range of retail market issues including whether electricity customers in embedded networks have appropriate customer protections. Embedded networks can include caravan parks, apartment buildings or shopping centres. They are private networks which […]
A new Energy Networks Australia (ENA) and CSIRO report outlines the specific measures that could be taken to transition to smart energy, saving electricity customer hundreds of dollars per year and allowing Australia to achieve zero net carbon emission by 2050. The two-year Electricity Network Transformation Roadmap study, which involved hundreds of stakeholders, found a national, integrated plan was needed to […]
Electricity transmission company, ElectraNet will conduct a feasibility study into a new high-voltage electricity interconnector between South Australia and the eastern states. The South Australian Government will contribute $500,000 towards the $1 million study, which will determine the interconnector’s economic viability. ElectraNet Chief Executive Steve Masters thanked the Government for their contribution. “The South Australian Government’s funding contribution recognises the […]
By Alison Atherton, Jay Rutovitz, Edward Langham, Lawrence McIntosh and Sven Teske, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney The electricity market is changing as technologies like solar panels and battery storage improve and become more affordable. Widespread uptake of battery storage now seems to be a question of when, not if. Many consumers are interested in not only […]
The Western Australian Government has announced a four-year battery storage trial to explore the benefits of integrating solar and energy storage into a traditional electricity network. The $6.7million trial is a collaboration between Synergy and development partners LandCorp and Lendlease. The trial is partly funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) who invested $3.3million in the project. Western Power […]
by Dan Howard, Partner, Clayton Utz While much recent attention has been focused on distribution and transmission networks, and pressure on their returns, the role of the embedded network has also been facing significant change. In many ways, the embedded network is at the leading edge of network development and is a barometer for the success or otherwise of our […]
The Energy Networks Association (ENA) have partnered with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), for the release of an updated database for renewable energy grid integration projects. The ‘Integrating Renewables into the Grid Stocktake’ catalogues 208 Australian and international projects that add to Australia’s collective knowledge and experience of integrating renewable energy into distribution networks. ENA CEO, John Bradley, said […]
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