Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) CEO Daniel Westerman says renewable energy restrictions in Australia have increased by around 40% since last year.
Australia has found itself in a rather tricky situation because it needs more renewable generation, but at the same time limits the amount of renewable generation in large areas of the national grid. This is exacerbated by the fact that some camps claim that a new deployment is the only way out of this situation, but Australia’s resettlement project assessment framework has been deemed unfit for purpose.
Curtailment of renewable energy projects has jumped almost 40% in the past year, Daniel Westerman, CEO of AEMO, told a forum in Sydney on 15 May. The worst affected states are Victoria and New South Wales (NSW), although the problems extend to parts of Queensland.
“Based on our monitoring, we can see that increasing amounts of solar and wind generation are being curtailed because there is not enough transmission capacity to carry it,” Westerman said.
“From January to March, links from Victoria to NSW and Tasmania were at their limits 42% and 57% of the time, respectively. And during the hours when the sun is producing free electrons, the links were bound two-thirds of the time to NSW and more than 80% of the time to Tasmania,” he said. “In other words, part of our energy pathway is at a dead end.”
Australian Clean Energy Finance Corp. (CEFC) chief executive Ian Learmonth said Australia is well short of what it needs to meet its climate targets – a 43% reduction in emissions and more than 80% renewable generation on the national grid. by 2030.
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“To meet these very ambitious renewable energy and emissions targets, we need to install an estimated 29 GW of large-scale renewable energy,” Learmonth said. “That’s about 3.6 GW per year or 300 megawatts per month. That’s a significant wind farm per month.
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