AEMO’s use of private weather forecasters, and not Bureau of Meteorology, likely contributed to SA’s recent weather-related blackouts.
AEMO appoints the head of New York’s reforming the Energy Vision – one of the world’s most progressive energy reform plans – as CEO of the body that runs Australia’s grids. That could help change the conversation about Australia’s energy future.
The AEMO is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Audrey Zibelman to the role of AEMO CEO, effective Monday, 20 March 2017.
Spot electricity prices have gone through the stratosphere this summer, particularly in Queensland where average prices have been more than double of renewable energy leader South Australia.
Despite predictions that consumers – households and businesses – will be supplying half of all electricity needs within a few decades, the automatic reflex of the institutions that govern our electricity market remains to protect the incumbents. This needs to change.
AEMO’s latest report reinforces Alan Finkel’s assessment that Australia’s grid is not fit for 21st century, and needs rapid change. Its chairman compares fossil fuel plants to petrol cars, and struggles to accept the pace of technology change. You won’t find a fuel cap on an electric car.
AEMO report cites future of gas-powered electricity generation as “greatest variable” in fortunes of Australian gas industry.
AEMO report into blackout suggests fall in wind output, caused by an easily fixed “self protect” mechanism, was main cause of blackout. But wind industry says catastrophic fall in voltage as transmission lines fell was biggest culprit. And everyone wonders why AEMO had no plan B.
Preliminary report into SA blackout appears designed to help the Coalition to beat state ministers around the head about renewables. But the AEMO report fails to answer key question, including how it handled events in the lead up to the storms.