Generating fewer fumes
THE Northern Territory government has ordered the first of seven green electricity generators as it ramps up its commitment to net zero emissions by 2050.
The new generator will arrive and be installed early next year with the remaining six expected to be fitted over coming years.
The announcement comes in the same week as the government released a map to deliver a 50 per cent renewable electricity system by 2030 and zero net emissions by 2050 to the Territory’s 150,000 customers on the grid.
Retiring old generators at Channel Island power station and replacing them with greener alternatives and inverter-based battery technology is part of the Territory government’s broader plan to reduce emissions and to meet its climate change requirements.
The Darwin-Katherine electricity System plan “to a cleaner, more affordable and secure energy system by 2030” relies on solar and renewable energy, battery storage, highspec security batteries, thermal generation, virtual power plants and improved efficiencies to reduce the Territory’s greenhouse footprint.
By the end of the first phase, midway through 2023, the government estimates renewables will make up about 23 per cent of the Territory’s underlying demand.
Thermal currently generates 88 per cent of the Territory’s electricity compared with 12 per cent for solar.
By 2030 the government wants thermal to generate 50 per cent, solar 41 per cent and battery storage 9 per cent.
The plan says: “Demonstrating the government’s green credentials to being an active contributor to a global emissions reduction response will deliver valuable economic benefits, given emerging international policy stances that serve to impose a tax, whether direct or indirect, to carbon.”
Renewables and Energy Minister Eva Lawler said the generators would help deliver the government’s targets.
“The fleet transition will facilitate the increasing levels of renewable energy penetration and enable Territory Generation to continue to support the government’s 50 per cent renewable energy target, while also maintaining and increasing stability on our grid,” Ms Lawler said.
“We want Territorians to have access to the latest and best technology as we build a stronger and more resilient power system for households and businesses, with these new generators being hydrogencapable and renewing 22 megawatts to the grid and can start in less than 10 minutes.”
Territory Generation chief executive Gerhard Laubscher said the transition to green generators would support the system plan strategy.
“Territory Generation’s planned fleet transition will be efficient and flexible to further support renewables and maximise value to the Territory,” Mr Laubscher said.
“Territory Generation’s fleet transition is an adaptable investment approach that facilitates the Northern Territory’s ability to pivot with technological, industry and market developments.”