electricity distribution networks


25 Feb 2019


With up to $10 million of funding from ARENA, TasNetworks is investigating how further Bass Strait interconnection might form a key part of Australia’s future electricity and telecommunications grid.

Interconnection between Tasmania and the rest of Australia could unlock further dispatchable...


11 Feb 2019

Increasing renewable generation does create challenges for managing the power system. But energy market authorities have taken significant steps since the SA blackout to ready the grid ready for a future with much more wind and solar generation. This report identifies further necessary reforms.

Draft report

18 Dec 2018

This draft report sets out the Commission’s emerging thinking and draft recommendations to enable distribution businesses to provide stand-alone power systems to their existing customers where it is economically efficient (for example, in remote locations), while maintaining appropriate consumer protections and service standards.


11 Dec 2018

In October 2016, the NSW government accepted an unsolicited proposal from IFM Investors and AustralianSuper to lease 50.4 per cent of Ausgrid for 99 years. The deal followed the federal government’s rejection of two bids from foreign investors, for national security reasons. This performance audit...


A report for the National Electricity Market
16 Nov 2018

Annually, AEMO prepares a summer readiness plan, collaborating with generation and transmission network providers, federal and state governments, and key agencies to actively manage heightened risks to power system operations.

Other text

8 Nov 2018

The Australian Energy Market Commission has made a more preferable rule that will require large electricity generators to provide at least three years’ notice of their intention to close. The provision of this information to the market will help minimise the likelihood of any price...


6 Nov 2018

The Australia Institute apologises for the delay in publishing the October National Energy Emissions Audit, which was due to internal considerations. The November National Energy Emissions Audit is currently being prepared and will be released on time.

The Audit shows that Australia’s emissions...

Discussion paper

18 Oct 2018

This options paper sets out different ways for the Australian Energy Market Operator to procure ‘standby’ electricity reserves under the Reliability and Emergency Reserve Trader (RERT) when a supply shortfall is forecast.

Discussion paper

26 Sep 2018

The challenge for Australia’s electricity system is to meet demand during periods of extreme heat. On very hot days, electricity demand is driven to high levels that come close to exceeding the amount of power that the NEM can provide. Rooftop solar produces electricity most...


21 Sep 2018

The Energy Security Board (ESB) will report to ministers in December on implementing AEMO’s integrated system plan (ISP) on recommended transmission investments out to 2040.


17 Sep 2018

Welcome to the September 2018 issue of the NEEA Electricity Update, with data updated to the end of August 2018. Electricity Update is the companion publication to the quarterly National Energy Emissions Audit Report, the next issue which is being published alongside the Electricity Update....

Discussion paper

11 Sep 2018

This review, requested by the COAG Energy Council, will look at the law and rule changes required to allow stand-alone power systems (SAPS) to be used where it is economically efficient to do so, while maintaining appropriate consumer protections and service standards.


22 Aug 2018

This paper argues that evidence is growing that highly flexible electricity systems could deliver lower whole-system costs, especially given the dramatic projected falls in solar and wind power costs by 2030.


6 Aug 2018

This study assessed the potential savings for demand response for wholesale customers in Victoria over a 12-month period, and found energy cost savings from 2.3% to 33.3%.

Policy report

1 Aug 2018

The proposed final design of the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) will require retailers to contract for generation or demand response to meet a minimum level of dispatchable ‘on demand’ electricity where there is an identified gap. Retailers must also keep their emissions below an agreed...

Policy report

1 Aug 2018

This paper outlines the detailed design of the Commonwealth elements of the National Energy Guarantee (NEG), including feedback received from stakeholders during consultation on the draft design.


26 Jul 2018

This review examined ways to deliver a reliable power system – one that has enough electricity available when consumers need it, at the lowest cost. It included consideration of several recommendations from the Finkel Panel’s Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity...


26 Jul 2018

This report highlights several issues with the existing market and regulatory arrangements for frequency control, and makes recommendations on how they could be addressed.


Promoting efficient investment in the grid of the future
26 Jul 2018

The annual review of the economic regulatory framework for electricity networks is part of the AEMC’s work to support the continual evolution of the energy sector. In light of the significant growth in decentralised energy resources, the review examines whether the economic regulatory framework is...


17 Jul 2018

This document outlines a cost-based, engineering optimisation plan by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), that forecasts the overall transmission system requirements for the National Electricity Market (NEM) over the next twenty years.



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