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Delays in energy transmission and generation projects trigger reliability warnings

The Australian Energy Market Operator has issued new warnings of potential breaches in the reliability standards for the National Electricity Market in coming years due to delays in key transmission projects and looming retirements of coal-fired generators.

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AEMC aims to plug gap with ring-fencing rule for grid connections

The Australian Energy Market Commission has published a new ring-fencing rule for transmission network companies as it seeks to boost competition for grid connection services and speed up the deployment of new solar, wind and battery projects.

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Melbourne underground network revamped to future-proof power needs

With demand for power in Melbourne forecast to grow from its current peak of 470 MW in recent years to 700 MW, electricity distributor CitiPower has begun phase one of a major upgrade to the city’s high voltage underground cable network.

Neara boss says network access issues remain after budget spend

The focus of the federal government’s $22.7 billion commitment to Australia’s clean energy future has been queried with concerns raised about the capacity of the nation’s electricity network to support the shift from fossil fuel generation to renewables.

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Paper identifies NEM-WEM interconnector to support shift to renewables

A high-voltage interconnector linking Australia’s eastern and western electricity grids would optimise the generation-storage mix for a minimum-cost solution as the nation transitions from a fossil-fuel-dependent economy to one based on renewable energy, according to a new paper.

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Elgin gets green light for biggest solar and storage project to date

A 150 MW solar farm and a 250 MWh battery energy storage system proposed for Victoria’s Central Highlands by British renewables developer Elgin Energy has won planning approval from the state government.

Plibersek approves 800 MW solar farm and big battery in Queensland

The Australian government has ticked off on a more than 1 GW solar farm and battery energy storage facility being developed in Queensland’s Southern Downs region.

WA commits $1 billion to fast-track state’s energy transition

The West Australian government has committed more than $1 billion to drive the development of the clean energy and major industrial projects it says are required for the state to become a “global clean energy powerhouse.”

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AGL delivers solar-powered microgrid for farming operation

AGL Energy has completed the installation of a solar-powered microgrid featuring a 5.4 MWh battery energy storage system that is to support the transition of a New South Wales commercial orchard’s operations from diesel to renewables.

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Southern states guaranteed 1.7 GW in national renewable energy tender

Tasmania and Victoria have been guaranteed a combined 1.7 GW of the 6 GW of new variable renewable energy projects the Australian government is targeting as part of what is the largest single renewables tender in the country’s history.

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