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Retailer Reliability Obligation Reform – Issues & Discussion Paper

The Energy Security Board (ESB) is proposing to introduce a new obligation for retailers to buy and surrender physical generation certificates. In effect, this will force retailers to pay revenue to dispatchable generators, the majority of which are fossil-fuelled powered. The proposed scheme is referred to as a Physical Retailer Reliability Obligation (PRRO) in the […]

Should the ESB continue post 2021?

Before the establishment of the ESB, best-practice NEM governance was in place whereby AEMO, AEMC and the AER each had separate functions providing confidence for investors and consumers in the roles and responsibilities of each body. However, concerns were raised in The Finkel Review about reform delays due to the institutional discord between the Australian […]

It is time to put an end to AEMC’s controversial transmission pricing plan

The rule maker for Australia’s electricity and gas markets must put to rest its proposed transmission access reforms and end the significant uncertainty facing investors in the renewable energy sector. The Australian Energy Market Commission’s (AEMC) proposal for the coordination of generation and transmission investment (COGATI) does not, despite its name, actually address the emerging […]

NSW Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap

The NSW Government have taken a significant step forward in becoming an energy superpower. The release of their Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap lays out a path for the state to take advantage of its abundant renewable energy resources in a timely manner to replace its aging fleet of coal-fired power stations. The Roadmap aims to attract […]

Victoria to fast-track a 300MW/450MWh big battery

In a bid to improve the security of the grid, the Victorian Government has recently announced Neoen will build the biggest battery in Australia in the regional city of Geelong. The big battery will consist of Tesla’s new 3MWh Megapacks and have a power capacity of 300MW and a storage capacity of 450MW meaning that […]

Energy Security Board Data Strategy Open for Consultation

Submissions Due: 27th November, 2020 Following a recommendation from the Finkel Review, the Energy Security Board (ESB) is seeking stakeholder input and engagement on a new data strategy for the national electricity market. The shift towards a digital economy presents several challenges and opportunities for the energy market including consumer protections, greater affordability and innovative […]