WA Electricity Industry Weekly News Roundup: 14 December 2020 – 20 December 2020

Headlines

Kwinana refinery ‘should not close [14/12/2020]

The Australian Workers’ Union has called on the federal government to help save BP’s Kwinana Refinery after a new industry support package was announced this morning.

Off-grid dream becomes reality as bushfire threat creates new era for power networks [15/12/2020]

Essential Energy says 3,200 poles were destroyed across New South Wales in bushfires last summer. Energy companies are increasingly looking to replace power lines with standalone solar systems. Consumer advocates say laws around standalone power systems need to catch up with industry.

WA electricity prices would be slashed during the day, doubled during peak under new Government trial [16/12/2020]

Electricity prices would be slashed by more than two thirds during the middle of the day under a trial aimed at encouraging households to soak up excess solar power flooding into Western Australia’s biggest grid. But customers would face paying almost twice as much for their power at peak times in the evening, as the State Government tries to shore up supplies and reduce costs in the system.

Daytime power tariffs slashed to just eight cents a kWh to soak up rooftop solar [16/12/2020]

Western Australia’s state owned electricity retailer Synergy is launching a trial in which it will offer households an ultra-low daytime electricity tariff of 8c/kWh, in a bid to help soak up the state’s abundant rooftop solar energy supply.

Bluewaters coal-fired power station written off as worthless as renewables rise [17/12/2020]

The owners of Australia’s newest coal-fired power station have written down the value of the asset to zero, wiping out a $1.2 billion investment in the face of an onslaught of renewable energy.

Australia’s first remote, renewable hydrogen microgrid to be built at Denham [17/12/2020]

Plans to build Australia’s first renewable hydrogen demonstration plant in a remote power system in Denham, Western Australia, are on track to get underway in the second half of 2021, after the appointment of local engineering outfit Hybrid Systems Australia to build the project.

Announcements

WA Government: Innovative electricity prices pilot to harness the sun’s rays [16/12/2020]

New Midday Saver electricity tariff to be piloted by Synergy customers. The pilot incentivises households to shift their energy use to the middle of the day. Vital part of DER Roadmap, helping integrate renewables into WA’s energy system.

WA Government: Solar Schools Program launches in Goldfields-Esperance region [16/12/2020]

The McGowan Government’s Solar Schools Program kicked-off in the farming community of Scaddan, 50 kilometres north of Esperance, today. Horizon Power will install a 12.9 kilowatt solar system (29 solar panels) at Scaddan Primary School, which has 25 students.

Horizon Power: First solar school installed [16/12/2020]

Horizon Power today installed the first rooftop solar system as part of its Solar Schools program at Scaddan Primary School in the Goldfields Esperance Region. Scaddan Primary School, which is 50km north of Esperance, is the first of 30 regional public schools that will receive solar systems to be installed by Horizon Power delivery team as part of the $5 million program. 

Horizon Power: Hybrid Systems awarded Australian-first renewable hydrogen microgrid project [17/12/2020]

Horizon Power has awarded WA based integrated renewables specialist, Hybrid Systems Australia, the contract to build Australia’s first renewable hydrogen demonstration plant in a remote power system, in Denham, Western Australia.

WA Government: Renewable energy to power Yamarna camp and Gruyere gold mine [18/12/2020]

Minister Johnston visits Gold Road Resources’ new renewable energy project. Investment supports WA’s global reputation as a leader in mining innovation.

Publications

WEM Reform Implementation Group (WRIG) Meeting 8 [17/12/2020]

a) Meeting Slides

b) Draft WEM Procedure Developing Limit Advice

c) Constraint Forumulation

d) WEM Procedure Credible Contingency Events

e) WEM Procedure Data and IT Interface Requirements

f) Limit Advice Requirements

Consultations

RC_2019_03: Method used for the assignment of Certified Reserve Capacity to Intermittent Generators – Rule Change Notice and Proposal [18/12/2020] – Open till 04/02/2021