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IEEFA Australia: Preparing the grid for a future without coal, blackouts or emissions

IEEFA Australia: Preparing the grid for a future without coal, blackouts or emissions

Re-thinking how a renewables supplied electricity system can work without a reliance on inertia

19 March 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Australia’s electricity grid has always relied on coal-fired power for stability, but with more renewables coming into the mix, that needs to change, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Liddell power station in NSW is closing in 2023, Yallourn in Victoria will […]

IEEFA update: T&D agreement for Puerto Rico power grid sets off alarm bells

IEEFA update: T&D agreement for Puerto Rico power grid sets off alarm bells

Fails to include accountability mechanisms for meeting cost, labor, and green energy goals, Sanzillo tells U.S. House Committee

August 4, 2020 (IEEFA U.S.) – In testimony submitted to the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, IEEFA’s director of finance Tom Sanzillo warned of significant problems with a recent agreement for LUMA Energy to take over transmission and distribution (T&D) of Puerto Rico’s electric power grid. The agreement fails to address three major challenges, […]

IEEFA brief: India’s power system operators demonstrate the fine art of grid management

Symbolic switch-off risked cascading outages across the system

April 15, 2020 (New Delhi) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on citizens to switch off their lights at 9 pm for nine minutes on April 5 to express their solidarity with India’s healthcare and emergency services workers amid the national coronavirus lockdown. How India’s electricity grid stood up to such a test demonstrated not […]

IEEFA India: Grid, storage, policy, and regulation: Areas of new focus to meet India’s ambitious renewable energy targets

Variable renewable energy is the least cost source of new Indian electricity capacity. The challenge is now on grid integration, and the need to leverage the lessons of other transition leaders.

5 September 2019 (IEEFA India): Finding the right pricing signals to drive technology adoption to solve the integration of an ever increasing share of variable renewable energy into India’s grid is becoming a central new challenge for policy makers and regulators, critical to enabling the ongoing transition away from coal to meet India’s ambitious renewable […]

IEEFA India: Roundtable explores grid integration challenges for renewable energy in Gujarat

IEEFA India: Roundtable explores grid integration challenges for renewable energy in Gujarat

Key issues pertaining to the transformation of Gujarat’s Electricity Sector were discussed at a roundtable organised by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), Climate Trends, and Gujarat Energy and Resource Management Institute (GERMI) at GERMI’s Gandhinagar campus on 27 August 2019. The workshop was attended by representatives from Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission […]

IEEFA India: Grid investment needs to match enormous growth in renewable energy investment

Infrastructure needs further modernisation, urgently

Jan. 22, 2019 (IEEFA India): With the government successfully electrifying 99% of all houses in India under the Saubhagya scheme, there is an urgent need for a hefty investment in grid transmission infrastructure to keep pace with growing low-cost renewable capacity so that new households can actually afford to buy electricity. A new IEEFA briefing […]

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Australian proposal would charge rooftop customers for sending solar to the grid

The Guardian: Australian households with rooftop solar panels could be charged for exporting electricity into the power grid at times when it is not needed under proposed changes to the national electricity market. The recommendation is included in a draft deliberation by the Australian Energy Market Commission that is designed to prevent “traffic jams” of […]

March 26, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA Australia: Are we ready for a power grid without coal?

IEEFA Australia: Are we ready for a power grid without coal?

Exploring alternatives to ensure a stable power grid

Are we ready for a power grid without coal? Australia’s electricity grid still relies on coal-fired generation. But with coal plants retiring and more renewables coming into the mix, that needs to change. Liddell power station is closing in 2023, and Yallourn in 2028. The way things are going we should expect others to close […]

IEEFA Indonesia: Lessons from Texas on extreme weather and power grid resilience
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IEEFA Indonesia: Lessons from Texas on extreme weather and power grid resilience

Extreme weather risks are likely here to stay and planning ahead is necessary for Indonesia

In mid-February, a catastrophic power outage in Texas left more than four million households stranded for days without electricity amidst freezing weather. More than 46,000 megawatts (MW) of power capacity went offline under the extreme cold weather event, putting pressure on the power grid system and resulting in broad-based failure. Gas supplies – which provide […]

IEEFA Australia: Preparing the grid for a future without coal, blackouts or emissions
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IEEFA Australia: Preparing the grid for a future without coal, blackouts or emissions

Re-thinking how a renewables supplied electricity system can work without a reliance on inertia

19 March 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Australia’s electricity grid has always relied on coal-fired power for stability, but with more renewables coming into the mix, that needs to change, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Liddell power station in NSW is closing in 2023, Yallourn in Victoria will […]

Renewable energy continuing to push gas off the grid in Australia—Climate Council

Renew Economy: Output from Australian gas generators fell to new record low levels over the latest summer, as output from wind and solar surged to new highs, raising new questions around a Morrison government push to invest in a new gas-fired power station. New analysis published by the Climate Council highlighted the diminished role that […]

March 16, 2021 Read More →

Triton Knoll offshore wind farm begins sending first electricity to U.K. grid

ReNews.biz: RWE Renewables has delivered first power from the 857MW Triton Knoll offshore wind farm off east England. The generation milestone follows the successful delivery of onshore and offshore electrical infrastructure on schedule, despite the construction challenges during the coronavirus pandemic, said the German company. The project began installing 90 turbines in January and has […]

March 2, 2021 Read More →

U.S. added record amount of wind, solar capacity to grid in 2020—BNEF

Greentech Media: Amid a historic economic contraction, renewable resources grew to account for one-fifth of all electricity produced in the U.S. in 2020, according to newly released data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, a coalition of clean energy, utility and natural gas companies. Record-breaking wind and solar additions […]

February 19, 2021 Read More →

Australia’s grid operator: 2020 was a record year for renewable energy capacity additions

Renew Economy: The Australian Energy Market Operator has reported record levels of new projects and megawatts of wind and solar coming into the main grid in the last year, and also reveals there are nearly 10 times as many projects queuing for a spot on the network. In its latest “State of the Systems” report, […]

February 18, 2021 Read More →

South Australia electric grid averaged 60 percent renewables over last 12 months

Renew Economy: South Australia has achieved a world-leading 60 per cent share of wind and solar in its local grid in the last 12 months, reaching a level of “variable” or “intermittent” generation that is unmatched in a market of its size anywhere in the world. Data compiled by the live feed operated OpenNEM shows […]

February 8, 2021 Read More →

Coal capacity to be gone from U.S. power grid by 2033—Morgan Stanley

Bloomberg: Coal is on track to disappear from the U.S. power grid by 2033 as the push for a carbon-free electricity system gains strength, according to Morgan Stanley. The fossil fuel will be supplanted largely by renewables, which will supply 39% of U.S. electricity in 2030 and 55% in 2035, according to a report Monday […]

February 2, 2021 Read More →