Webinar: Australia’s Landmark Renewable Integration Study

Sponsored by EPRI/ESIG/AEMO/NREL, this webinar will discuss the Renewable Integrated Study (RIS) as it evaluates challenges with renewable energy resources. This webinar was held on June 1, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

Power systems all over the world are changing, presenting new engineering challenges that must be addressed. Parts of Australia are already experiencing some of the highest levels of wind and solar in the world, in a network that stretches over 40,000km of transmission lines. The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), is taking steps to maintain system security in a power system with a high share of renewable resources.

AEMO recently released the Renewable Integration Study (RIS), which evaluates the technical challenges associated with reliance on high levels of renewable energy resources and the actions that must be taken. The study focuses on the time period up to 2025 when AEMO forecasts that at times, as much as 75 percent of the energy could be provided by wind and solar resources.

In total, Australia’s National Electricity Market has 17 gigawatts (GW) of wind and solar generation capacity, including one of the highest levels of residential solar photovoltaics (PV). By 2025, AEMO’s Draft 2020 ISP forecasts in its ‘central’ scenario that this can increase to 27 GW of wind and solar, including both utility and distributed solar PV. Planned topics for discussion during the webinar include:

  • What the RIS is and how it originated.
  • The areas of study in the report, including managing distributed PV, variability and frequency.
  • Key findings and actions.
  • What the findings mean for managing the transition of the power system.

Also, there will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the event using the Slido platform. Go to slido.com on your device and enter #RISESIG to ask questions to the panelists.

Featured Speakers:

  • Audrey Zibelman, AEMO, Managing Director and CEO

  • Chris Davies, AEMO, Manager, Future Energy Systems

  • Barry O’Connell, AEMO, Principal Engineer, Future Energy Systems

Moderator: Charlie Smith, Executive Director, ESIG

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