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Electricity Sector Climate Information (ESCI) project

Overview

In response to the Finkel review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market, the Australian Government is providing $6.1 million over 3 years from 2018-19, to improve climate and extreme weather information for the electricity sector.

The Electricity Sector Climate Information (ESCI) project is designed to improve the reliability and resilience of the National Electricity Market (NEM) to the risks from climate change and extreme weather events by providing information on likely future climate change scenarios.

The project is being undertaken by CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology in collaboration with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and is funded through the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.

Project benefit

Changes in the future climate, including an increasing number of extreme weather events, can increase stress on the power system, so it’s important that the system is resilient to these risks.

The project will tailor climate change data and information to ensure it’s usable by the people who need it, to support improved long-term climate risk planning for electricity infrastructure.

Outputs

ESCI will provide downscaled climate data such as temperature, wind, rainfall, stream flows, solar radiation and fire weather.

ESCI is building electricity sector capability to assess climate risk through workshops, webinars, factsheets, case studies, guidance material and a climate risk assessment method.

For further information on the ESCI project you can visit the Climate Change in Australia website.