The Microgrid Knowledge Australia Channel

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

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

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

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

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...]

Researchers Propose Floating Microgrids Made up of Electric Boats

Electric boats may enable floating microgrids that could serve islands that have historically been powered by fossil fuels, according to a report from researchers at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. “Powering small islands with reliable, affordable and green electricity is a big challenge due to their dispersed … [Read more...]

Australian Energy Market Operator Invites Consumers to Participate in Virtual Power Plant

Sophie Vorrath of One Step Off the Grid describes a virtual power plant program designed to unlock new value for Australian consumers who have invested in distributed energy technology. Plans to harness consumer distributed energy resources and trial using them in service to the greater grid have gained ground last week, with the Australian … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Announces Date and Venue for Microgrid 2020

Microgrid Knowledge today announced the date and venue of the next annual microgrid industry conference, Microgrid 2020. The international event — the world’s largest microgrid industry conference — will be held June 2-3 in Philadelphia, Pa., situated in the Northeast corridor’s vibrant microgrid market and home to the Philadelphia Navy Yard, … [Read more...]

Gold Fields Mine is First in Australia to Incorporate Wind into a Hybrid Microgrid

Multinational mining corporation Gold Fields and global energy group EDL are rolling out the first hybrid microgrid to incorporate wind power at a mine in Australia. Located at Gold Fields' Agnew mine in Northern Goldfields, Western Australia, the microgrid combines 18 MW of wind power with 16 MW of baseload natural gas generation, 4 MW of … [Read more...]

Cheaper, Cleaner, More Reliable: Australia Grid Operator Proposes Off-Grid Microgrids in Remote Areas

Giles Parkinson of One Step Off the Grid explains a proposal released today by Australia's chief grid operator to replace large swaths of transmission and distribution with off-grid microgrids and solar plus storage. In a landmark development, Australia’s principal energy rule maker has paved the way for network operators to sever the … [Read more...]

Utility Microgrids: Don’t Let the Meter Get in the Way of Benefits

This is the latest in a series of articles focusing on ideas that emerged from Microgrid 2019, held in San Diego May 14-16. Here we look at how to make the most out of utility microgrids. Utility microgrids can yield numerous benefits to customers and communities, especially as prosumers bring new technologies and sources of power to the grid … [Read more...]

Australian Prime Minister Proposes $36M Microgrid Program

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has proposed a $36 million microgrid program to determine the feasibility of using microgrids for poorly served and remote communities across the country. An initial slate of prospective projects is emerging. The Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund would help fund as many as 50 … [Read more...]