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Electricity Sector Climate Information (ESCI) project

The impacts of weather on energy systems in a future climate will become increasingly significant. The 2017 Finkel review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market identified a need for improved climate data for the sector.

The Electricity Sector Climate Information (ESCI) project aims to improve climate and extreme weather information for the electricity sector.

The ESCI project provides information for the electricity sector on likely future climate change scenarios. This will assist the National Electricity Market (NEM) in being more resilient to climate change and extreme weather events. In turn this will help make the national grid more reliable.

The project was a collaboration between the CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). The Australian Government provided $6.1 million over 3 years to 2020-21 for the project, through the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.

Benefits of the project

The project will help the electricity sector build its capability to assess climate risks.

The ESCI project has delivered a cutting edge package of new national climate datasets which are of particular interest to the electricity sector, including:

  • maximum and minimum temperatures, wind speeds, bushfire conditions, solar radiation, rainfall and dam inflows
  • data produced at a scale of 1.5–12 km across the NEM, at sub-daily intervals, to the year 2100.

The climate information is accessible in a variety of formats including maps, summary tables and time series plots, supported by guidance material.

The project has also developed a climate risk assessment method to help the sector consider climate risk alongside other business risks, and case studies showing how sector users can apply the risk assessment method and ESCI data in their risk assessments.

Read more

Visit the ESCI Portal on the Climate Change in Australia website.