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Australian regulators see big benefits in Tesla’s big battery

ABC News:

[Australian Prime Minister] Scott Morrison said it would be about as useful for the electricity system as the Big Banana at Coffs Harbour or the Big Prawn at Ballina in NSW.

“By all means have the world’s biggest battery, have the world’s biggest banana, have the world’s biggest prawn like we have on the roadside around the country,” he mocked when the Tesla big battery in South Australia was commissioned. “But that is not solving the problem.”

Yet no less an authority than the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) disagrees.

“Its ability to respond very, very quickly to the different types of conditions that we see on the power system has been very encouraging for us,” AEMO’s executive general manager of operations Damien Sanford told the ABC.

AEMO’s data shows that it can dispatch power far more rapidly and precisely than conventional thermal power stations and more swiftly and accurately than the market operator thought possible — while also pushing down prices.

“We’ve been pleasantly surprised and would encourage more of this technology into the grid,” Mr. Sanford said. “This technology, as it becomes more common in the system, can actually contribute to a more secure and reliable system.”

More: Tesla battery proves a leading source of dispatchable power, AEMO says

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