The Australian Government will support a study that focuses on overcoming challenges to grid security caused by record levels of renewable generation. The government will work with Queensland transmission network operator Powerlink to help ensure Australia’s energy systems remain reliable and affordable as more renewables are brought into the mix.
The government, through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), will provide more than $490,000 in funding to support Powerlink Queensland in exploring technical, commercial and regulatory solutions to address the challenges.
The Honourable Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor, said the study will provide a chance for Powerlink Queensland to review both the opportunities and challenges presented by connecting large-scale renewable generators to the National Electricity Market (NEM).
‘The study will also support renewable energy proponents who are trying to connect to the network, not only in the north Queensland region, but right across the country. This will ensure Australia can continue to be a world leader in renewable energy,’ said the Minister.