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Project overview
  • Lead Organisation

    University of Technology, Sydney

    Location

    New South Wales

    ARENA Program

    Emerging Renewables Program

  • Start Date

    July 2014

    Status

    Past

  • Project Partners
    NSW Trade and Investment, Ergon Energy Corporation, ElectraNet, Clean Energy Council Ltd.
    This renewables project was completed on 23 April 2018.

Summary

The Mapping Network Opportunities for Renewable Energy project will create online maps of electricity network constraints to help better inform network investments and increase the use of renewable energy.

The Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) will develop annually updated maps and make them freely available online.

Need

The absence of clear, consistent and timely data about network constraints, costs and potentially avoidable investment across the Australian National Electricity Market (NEM) has been a major obstacle to the development of renewable and other decentralised energy projects in Australia.

Developing a system that creates annually updated maps of network constraints for the entire NEM would assist renewable energy project developers target locations of the grid where renewable energy, energy storage and demand management can be a cost effective alternative to network augmentation.

Project innovation

The Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) will develop a standardised data protocol on network information and opportunities, supported by Network Service Providers in the NEM.

The Mapping Network Opportunities for Renewable Energy project will enhance ISF’s Dynamic Avoidable Network Cost Evaluation (DANCE) model to produce annual maps of network capacity and constraints, planned investment and the potential value of decentralised energy in electricity networks across the NEM, through a publicly accessible web portal.

Benefit

The project will:

  • provide nationally consistent, annually updated and publicly accessible, online maps of electricity transmission and distribution network capacity and potential to reduce investment costs
  • facilitate more rapid and efficient development of renewable energy, electricity storage, demand management and other decentralised energy resources
  • assist in lowering electricity costs, raising network efficiency and energy productivity, and developing markets for renewable and decentralised energy
  • increase public awareness and understanding of the opportunities for renewable energy in areas of network constraints.

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Last updated
28 January 2021
Last updated 28 January 2021
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