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12 May 2017

Five Minute Settlement and the Nuclear Option

The AEMC has released a Directions Paper on the rule change proposal submitted by Sun Metals to implement 5 minute settlement. IES has made a submission to the AEMC proposing a more measured, less costly, more quickly implemented and more robust approach.

Five Minute Settlement and the Nuclear Option

The AEMC has released a Directions Paper on the rule change proposal submitted by Sun Metals to implement 5 minute settlement.

IES has made a submission to the AEMC proposing a more measured, less costly, more quickly implemented and more robust approach.

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26 Apr 2017

Insider 28: Does Snowy Hydro 2.0 Stack Up?

This edition of IES Insiders considers the economic viability of the "Snowy Hydro 2.0" proposal by making a comparison to the existing Snowy pumped hydro scheme, known as Tumut 3.

Insider 28: Does Snowy Hydro 2.0 Stack Up?

The Federal Government recently announced a proposed expansion of Snowy Hydro’s electricity generating capacity by 2,000 MW at a cost of $2 billion.

Is this proposed pumped hydro scheme likely to be economically viable? Pumped hydro projects move water uphill before releasing it and relying on gravity to drive a generator.

A comparison is made to the operating activity of the existing Tumut 3 scheme and includes a consideration of wholesale prices, water usage, and equipment efficiencies.

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21 Feb 2017

Insider 27: How to Break the Electricity Impasse (in your dreams)

In this edition of Insiders, you can read IES CEO Hugh Bannister's advice and comments on what should be done with East Coast Australian electricity market.

Insider 27: How to Break the Electricity Impasse (in your dreams)

In this edition of Insiders, you can read IES CEO Hugh Bannister's advice and comments on what should be done with East Coast Australian electricity market.

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09 Feb 2017

The South Australian Power Outage in Three Simple Charts

40,000 South Australian electricity customers were without power yesterday and the market operator was forced to shed load.

The South Australian Power Outage in Three Simple Charts

40,000 South Australian electricity customers were without power yesterday and the market operator was forced to shed load. This article explains what happened via three simple charts.

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08 Nov 2016

Insider 26: How will the Hazelwood closure impact the NEM?

This edition of IES Insiders investigates the impact of the 1,600 MW Hazelwood Power Station withdrawing from the National Electricity Market (NEM).

Insider 26: How will the Hazelwood closure impact the NEM?

This edition of IES Insiders investigates the impact of the 1,600 MW Hazelwood Power Station withdrawing from the National Electricity Market (NEM). We assessed the market changes in terms of dispatched electricity, greenhouse gas emissions, power flows across interstate transmission lines, and the revenue impacts to each main type of generator. We also examined the changes to regional wholesale spot prices and how this will affect household electricity costs.

To read this article, please download the PDF version from the link below.

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21 Oct 2016

Presentation to the EUAA’s South Australian Energy Forum on 19 October

On 19 October 2016 our CEO, Hugh Bannister, presented to the EUAA’s South Australian Energy Forum event in Adelaide with title: What’s Happening with Wholesale Electricity Prices in South Australia?

Presentation to the EUAA’s South Australian Energy Forum on 19 October

Events in recent months in South Australia have focused government and industry attention on how the cost and security of electricity supply are being affected by the push to renewables.

Our CEO, Hugh Bannister, joined with the South Australian Energy Minister and other senior industry people to review these issues during this forum in Adelaide on 19 October.  Hugh’s presentation concluded with some policy options that could improve outcomes in future.  While there are solutions to the problems that have been highlighted in South Australia in recent months, they do require a focused policy response.

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11 Oct 2016

Insider 25: Can Energy Storage Provide Dispatchable Renewables?

This edition of Insiders investigates whether it would be economically viable for large lithium-ion batteries to store electricity generated from wind and large PV sources.

Insider 25: Can Energy Storage Provide Dispatchable Renewables?

This edition of Insiders investigates whether it would be economically viable for large lithium-ion batteries to store electricity generated from wind and large PV sources. A number of projects using this type of application are currently proposed in the National Electricity Market (NEM). If they are viable, it will mean that renewable energy can improve market efficiency and the overall reliability of the electricity system.

To read this article, please download the PDF version from the link below.

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10 Oct 2016

Seminar Presentation to the AIE Symposium 2016 on 10th October

On the 10th October, our CEO, Hugh Bannister joined other senior electricity industry people to present to a packed seminar, run by the Australian Institute of Energy.

Seminar Presentation to the AIE Symposium 2016 on 10th October

Our CEO, Hugh Bannister, joined other senior electricity industry people to present to a packed seminar run by the Australian Institute of Energy (AIE) on 10 October, 2016.

The topic was the Renewable Energy Target (RET), whether it could be achieved and what might happen beyond.

The events in South Australia in July and September provided a compelling background to the discussion.

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30 Sep 2016

Keynote Presentation to the IEEE POWERCON 2016 on 30 September

On 30 September 2016 our CEO, Hugh Bannister, presented to the IEEE POWERCON event in Wollongong with title: Can the National Electricity Market Survive New Technology?

Keynote Presentation to the IEEE POWERCON 2016 on 30 September

On 30 September 2016 our CEO, Hugh Bannister, presented to the IEEE POWERCON event in Wollongong with title: Can the National Electricity Market Survive New Technology?

You can download the Power Point slides from our website here.

For more information about this event, please visit IEEE POWERCON website: http://www.ieee-powercon.org/

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