The Microgrid Knowledge Australia Channel

News and feature articles on microgrids in Australia including RFP's, policies and players impacting the region.

Mining Toolkit Helps Clean Energy Industry Protect Profit, People and Planet

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Clean energy’s gold rush for minerals used to manufacture electric vehicles, solar and other systems is not always sustainable and sometimes employs questionable labor practices, says a group that has released a mining toolkit to help the industry develop best practices. The Energy Resources Governance Initiative’s (ERGI) toolkit aims to … [Read more...]

COVID-19 Likely to Create Desire for Energy Self-Reliance: Australia

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Energy leaders in Australia describe what’s ahead for solar and storage as a result of COVID-19. Sophie Vorrath of One Step off the Grid reports.  Concerns around the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic on the Australian solar industry have shifted from supply to demand as manufacturers in China resume business-almost-as-usual, but the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Powers Town and Opens Door to Federation of Microgrids in Australia

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Australia utility Horizon Power and PXiSE Energy Solutions, a provider of microgrid controls, are working to demonstrate that microgrids in remote areas can replace traditional infrastructure and boost renewables. Horizon Power, Western Australia’s regional energy utility, has begun operating a microgrid consisting of 1 MW solar and 2 MW battery … [Read more...]

How Western Australia Can Lead on Renewable Energy Microgrids

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Sophie Vorrath, editor of One Step Off The Grid, describes a new report that outlines the potential for Western Australia to lead on renewable energy microgrids — and what stands in the way. Western Australia has the potential to become a global leader in renewable energy microgrid development and export, a new report has found, but only with … [Read more...]

A Global Tour of Contrasting Microgrid and VPP Markets

modular microgrids

Peter Asmus of Guidehouse explores the different drivers impacting microgrid and virtual power plant (VPP) uptake.  The stars are aligning for distributed energy resources (DER) to play an increasingly important role in providing energy services across both retail and wholesale markets. Recent forecasts from Navigant Research, a Guidehouse … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids: Four Examples of Local Energy that Improves Lives

community microgrids

Community microgrids offer a way for neighborhoods, villages, towns and cities to meet their energy needs locally. Some make a community’s electricity more reliable and green; others serve critical facilities like fire, police and water treatment facilities; and still others are built for remote outposts that otherwise lack access to … [Read more...]

Zibelman Sees “Phenomenal” Transition to Energy Democratization in Australia

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Audrey Zibelman, CEO of the Australian Energy Market Operator, explains why it's time to leave behind the rules of the coal era and reshape the grid for energy democratization, as reported by Giles Parkinson of Renew Economy. Australian Energy Market Operator boss Audrey Zibelman says Australian households will provide at least one quarter … [Read more...]

Australian Town at Times Reaches 90% Renewables with Chevron-backed Microgrid

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Sophie Gale from One Step of the Grid reports on a Chevron-backed microgrid in Western Australia that has significantly enhanced a town's ability to use renewables. Horizon Power’s poster child for the shift to a distributed renewable grid, the Western Australia (WA) Pilbara town of Onslow, says its solar and battery microgrid is already helping … [Read more...]

Australian Government Launches $50 Million Microgrid Funding Round

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The Australian government, led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, late last week boosted the nation's growing microgrid market with a new fund, as described by Sophie Vorrath of One Step Off the Grid. A $50 million fund to support the development of off-grid and fringe-of-grid stand-alone power systems around Australia has been launched by … [Read more...]

Australian Utility Replacing Overhead Network with Microgrids

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RenewEconomy's Giles Parkinson describes a plan by Horizon Power to pull down power lines and replace them with renewable stand-alone power systems (SAPS), aka microgrids. Horizon Power is to become the first utility in Australia to remove parts of its overhead network and replace it with an off-grid renewable energy power solution. The … [Read more...]