Re­new­able En­ergy

The Australian Energy Review - - CONTENTS - EL­IZ­A­BETH FABRI

NORTH­ERN Ter­ri­tory chief minister Michael Gun­ner has un­veiled a Roadmap to Re­new­ables plan out­lin­ing a path­way to in­creas­ing re­new­able en­ergy gen­er­a­tion in the Ter­ri­tory from 4 per cent up to 50 per cent by 2030. The am­bi­tious plan out­lines 11 key rec­om­men­da­tions that will as­sist the NT move away from its re­liance on gas and diesel, which cur­rently made up 96 per cent of its en­ergy gen­er­a­tion mix. The rec­om­men­da­tions in­cluded putting re­new­able en­ergy as a cen­tral pil­lar of eco­nomic pol­icy; cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment with pol­icy cer­tainty to at­tract in­vestors; im­prove knowl­edge of the ex­ist­ing ca­pa­bil­ity and ca­pac­ity; pub­li­cis­ing an as­set re­tire­ment/re­place­ment op­ti­mi­sa­tion strat­egy for ex­ist­ing gas-fired gen­er­a­tors; de­vel­op­ing a de­tailed tech­ni­cal plan for the fu­ture power sys­tem; and en­gag­ing with the com­mu­nity. Mr Gun­ner said the re­gion’s abun­dance of re­new­able re­sources and ex­ist­ing gas power in­fra­struc­ture put it in “the box seat”. “The shift to re­new­able en­ergy is in­evitable, and the North­ern Ter­ri­tory is uniquely placed to take ad­van­tage of this tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance to de­liver se­cure, re­li­able and af­ford­able power,” Mr Gun­ner said. “In­creased in­vest­ment in re­new­able en­ergy cre­ates jobs, and de­liv­er­ing cheap and re­li­able en­ergy for busi­nesses and fam­i­lies is a boost for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and pop­u­la­tion growth. “That’s why we have ac­cepted or ac­cepted in prin­ci­ple the key 11 rec­om­men­da­tions from the re­port.” In the com­ing months, the NT Gov­ern­ment will un­der­take fi­nan­cial and eco­nomic mod­el­ling to im­ple­ment the rec­om­men­da­tions. “We want to en­sure that mar­ket rules and tech­ni­cal re­quire­ments are clear and trans­par­ent so busi­nesses have the con­fi­dence to in­vest and cre­ate jobs in the re­new­ables sec­tor,” Mr Gun­ner said. “I am also an­nounc­ing $4.5 mil­lion for co-con­tri­bu­tion grants of up to $1000 to house­holds to un­der­take en­ergy ef­fi­ciency mea­sures such as in­stal­la­tion of so­lar pho­to­voltaic (PV) sys­tems, bat­ter­ies, so­lar pool pumps, smart me­ters, ef­fi­cient light­ing, so­lar hot water, en­ergy ef­fi­cient ap­pli­ances, and ef­fi­ciency au­dits. “An im­por­tant part of this ini­tia­tive will be part­ner­ing with com­mu­nity groups to de­liver ed­u­ca­tional and aware­ness cam­paigns about be­ing en­ergy smart.” The Gov­ern­ment has also com­mit­ted $1.5 mil­lion over three years to Charles Dar­win Univer­sity (CDU) and Cen­tre for Ap­pro­pri­ate Tech­nol­ogy (CAT) for re­new­able en­ergy re­search and de­vel­op­ment projects, and a fur­ther $5 mil­lion over three years to fund a new en­ergy cen­tre in Alice Springs. The Intyal­heme Cen­tre for Fu­ture En­ergy (ICFE), to be housed within the Desert Knowl­edge Precinct in Alice Springs, will be­come the knowl­edge in­fra­struc­ture to roll out the Roadmap to Re­new­ables plan.

Renewables cur­rently ac­counted for 4 per cent of the NT'S en­ergy gen­er­a­tion.

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