Study into benefits and impacts of renewable energy on networks in Australia


Andrew Blyth,
Chief Executive,
Energy Networks
Canberra, Australia — (METERING.COM) — July 12, 2010 – The Energy Networks Association (ENA) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) have commenced a joint project focused on exploring the impacts and benefits of embedded generation for Australian electricity networks.

This project expands on earlier work commissioned by CSIRO in 2008 to study the value and impacts of embedded generation from an electricity network perspective, and the main outcome will be a comprehensive and practical report for network organizations to use in developing strategies, operational plans, and staff training material that will assist in the future development of the network.

‘This important joint project between ENA and CSIRO will provide valuable information for electricity network businesses to increase their understanding of the potential benefits and impacts of embedded generation, as well as preparing network businesses for higher penetration of renewable energy sources, such as photovoltaic cells,” said ENA Chief Executive, Andrew Blyth.

In addition to considering different scenarios and case studies, the project will look at the ability of renewable energy technologies to integrate effectively into a network. The study will also look at possible barriers that may impact on the benefits of utilizing the uptake of renewably energy.

ENA expects the report to be finalized and completed by November 2010.