December 2017

21 Dec Snowy Hydro 2.0 found to be feasible despite costing twice as much

Today, Snowy Hydro released their feasibility study into the expansion of the pumped hydro-electric storage. The study outlined that the potential upgrade will increase capacity by up to 2,000 MW at full capacity and will provide approximately 350,000 MWh hours of energy storage. It has been agreed by Snowy’s board of directors to progress the project from feasibility stage towards final investment decision. According to Snowy Hydro, the project will be internally funded and meets financial hurdle rates under different scenario’s. The cost of the project is estimated to be $3.8-$4.8 billion.  This does not include the required transmission network upgrades  required to deliver the power from the upgraded facility. This...

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11 Dec AGL’s NSW Generation Plan

On Saturday AGL released their NSW Generation Plan. The Plan sets out AGL’s preferred option to extending the life of the Liddell Power Station. The Liddell replacement plan is a combination of new renewable energy resources, demand response technologies and an upgrade to the Bayswater power station. According to AGL the weighted levelised cost of energy (LCOE) of the replacement plan is $23/MWh cheaper than the cost of extending the ageing and increasingly unreliable Liddell power station. Within AGL’s Liddell replacement the following projects are categorised as approved: 453 MW Coopers Gap wind farm at $62/MWh LCOE 200 MW Silverton wind farm at $62.00/MWh 100 MW upgrade to Bayswater power station Purchase...

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08 Dec Planet Ark Power launches Llewellyn rooftop power station

Llewellyn Motors in Ipswich QLD have partnered up with Planet Ark Power to design and install Australia’s largest privately owned Solar and Smart Battery rooftop power station. Yesterday Edge Energy Services attended the opening of the rooftop power station at Llewelyn Motors. The power station is unique in using the new technology dSTATCOM developed by Planet Ark Power to heal and support the grid, which allows commercial solar sites to export to the grid intelligently and significantly increase return on investment. Consisting of 1,232 REC solar panels (332kW), it is expected to reduce the dealership’s carbon footprint by 8400 tonnes and save over $2 million on energy over the next twenty years. Edge...

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