WA Electricity Industry Weekly News Roundup: 19 October 2020 – 25 October 2020

Headlines

AEMO reports record-low demand across the NEM [22/10/2020]

New records for minimum electricity demand have been recorded across the nation as Australia’s uptake of rooftop solar systems continues to climb.

Huge $50bn Pilbara green hydrogen hub granted major project status [23/10/2020]

The Asian Renewable Energy Hub, a plan to build a massive renewable energy hydrogen project of up to 26GW of wind and solar capacity in Western Australia’s Pilbara region, is set to enjoy a fast-tracked approvals process, after securing ‘major project status’ from the federal government.

Fast-track status for Asian Renewable Energy Hub’s giant Pilbara renewables project [23/10/2020]

The ambitious hydrogen project that seeks to become the world’s largest renewable energy export facility has received major project status from the Federal Government.

Solar plus storage better than grid connection for remote households [23/10/2020]

The Western Australian government has praised the use of solar and batteries to provide power to remote households and businesses, after Western Power replaced costly 230km of costly grid connections with stand-alone power systems that slashed costs and improved reliability.

Announcements

WA Government: Minister Johnston launches sustainable home of the future [19/10/2020]

Energy Minister Bill Johnston today launched an affordable housing experiment between Mirvac, Synergy, Terrace and Keystart. The home has been built to a 9.1-star energy rating, taking into account various energy saving initiatives, including solar passive design, and water and energy efficient appliances. Synergy has provided rooftop solar panels and a battery to further reduce the energy requirements of the home and help the family better manage their electricity bills.

AEMO: Record minimum demand levels across Australia [22/10/2020]

Western Australia’s Wholesale Electricity Market (WEM) logged a new Q3 minimum demand record with operational demand reaching 999 MW on 13 September. The balancing price floor (-$1,000/MWh) in Western Australia was hit six times during the quarter – it had only been previously been reached this threshold three times before in the history of the WEM.

WA Government: Energy technology a boon for regional WA homes [23/10/2020]

Energy Minister Bill Johnston has congratulated Western Power on the successful deployment of 52 stand-alone power systems (SPS) at properties throughout the Mid-West, Goldfields, eastern Wheatbelt and Great Southern regions. It is the largest single deployment by a network business in Australia

Western Power: WA’s power digitisation recognised nationally [23/10/2020]

Western Power’s innovative Digital Substation pilot has won the national Digital Utility of the Year – Energy Award.

Publications

Market Advisory Committee (MAC) Meeting Papers [20/10/2020]

APA FY2020 Annual Meeting Address [22/10/2020]

Transformation Design and Operation Working Group (TDOWG) Meeting 24 Slides [22/10/2020]

Consultations

None this week