In a bilateral agreement, the federal and Victorian governments will provide up to $200m in underwriting support for the Victoria to NSW Interconnector (VNI) West project.
World’s first hybrid subsea interconnector inaugurated, joining two German and Danish offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea and allowing cross-border energy trading.
Study finds new interconnector linking Tasmania and Victoria would provide greater benefits than costs under all modelled scenarios, but especially a fast transition to renewables.
In strong sign that the country’s energy market rule-makers and regulators are finally trying to keep pace with technology, AEMC flags a rule change in virtual light-speed.
ElectraNet proposes new link from S.A. that it says will unlock more low-cost renewable energy sources, reduce reliance on expensive gas, and help fill the gap caused by the retirement of more coal generators in NSW.
Tasmania’s bid to become battery of nation could require as many as four new interconnectors to be installed between the island state and mainland Australia.
South Australia’s renewables grid is often criticised for relying on “imports” from other states. But no grid relies more on imports than NSW, the grid with the highest percentage of coal generation.
ANU’s Andrew Blakers says the distribution of solar and wind energy from one side of a continent to the other, and even between continents, is now “eminently feasible”.
Australian Renewable Energy Agency tips another $20m into feasibility and business case for second interconnector across Bass Strait.
Pitching Tasmania as a ‘renewable energy engine’ for the nation is probably clever politics , but the main problem is that it’s simply fanciful.