The big news of the week was the official opening of the Tesla big battery, but it very nearly got overshadowed by the potential loss of supply in Victoria after the Longford gas plant raised supply issues.
Load shedding was averted when AEMO intervened with its emergency reserve capacity for the first time this summer (and it wasn’t actually summer yet) – calling on 100MW of demand response to ensure supply matched demand.
In this episode of Energy Insiders, Andrew Richards, the CEO of the Energy Users Association, which represents the country’s biggest energy consumers, gives his perspective on these new technologies – batteries and demand response – and his concern about the National Energy Guarantee (he mostly fears the concentration of power in the big utility incumbents).
Richards also give his perspective on the state of energy politics, the potential for corporate PPAs, and how the solar and wind industries can do better (he is a former lobbyist for the renewable energy industry in Canberra).
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