ARENA is allocating up to $10 million of funding towards activities focused on 5-minute ahead self-forecasting for wind and solar farms operating in the National Electricity Market (NEM).
How to apply
- Short Term Forecasting EOIs to be submitted via the ARENA Grants Management System
- Refer to the Short Term Forecasting Funding Announcement guide (PDF 142KB) (DOCX 51KB)
- EOIs open 12pm AEDT Wednesday 28 March 2018
- EOIs close 5pm AEST Wednesday 9 May 2018
- Webinar Information Session for prospective applicants 1pm – 2pm AEDT, Monday 9 April
- Successful applicants notified Thursday 14 June 2018.
- For general information email firstname.lastname@example.org
A public webinar was held on Monday 9 April to facilitate questions on the application process. Watch the public webinar on YouTube –
About Short Term Forecasting
In partnership with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), ARENA is seeking to demonstrate how wind and solar farms can provide accurate forecasts of their output into AEMO’s central dispatch system.
At present, AEMO is responsible for forecasting how much electricity will be generated by Market Semi-scheduled Generators (wind and solar), the output of which varies depending on weather and time of day.
As a part of this trial, wind and solar farms will be able to submit their own forecasts to AEMO, in place of central forecasts. Through supported projects, ARENA will explore the value proposition for Market Semi-scheduled Generators to invest in forecasting approaches.
This funding announcement follows on from the self-forecasting technologies workshop jointly hosted by AEMO and ARENA on the 15th of February 2018. See the ‘read more’ section below for workshop materials.
For more information:
- Application attachments and guidance documents
- Watch the public webinar on YouTube: [Video Part 1: Introduction & Strategic Context] [Video Part 2: Application & Assessment Process] [Video Part 3: Open Q&A]
- Download the information session slides (PDF 1MB)
- Read the Short Term Forecasting Media Release
- Access ARENA’s insights from the February 17 self-forecasting Technologies workshop (PDF 1MB)