Author: Kate Turner

13 Nov Could Hydrogen be the next ‘Green’ initiative?

Much of the gas industry is looking towards hydrogen as the solution to de-carbonising heating demand in Australia and across the world. This was given further support at the end of September when the COAG panel shared their ambitions for hydrogen.  The hydrogen gas solution acts like traditional gas in many ways, however there are potential flaws to trying to introduce this into existing infrastructure at any high blend percentages. The leakage rate is higher, embrittlement is a big problem on traditional pipes and to replace pipelines to more suitable plastic pipelines would be a huge undertaking both logistically and financially.  So, are there any other alternatives which could be considered but...

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13 Nov Are the physics of MLF elementary ?

At the end of September AEMO announced that it was pushing back its draft Marginal Loss Factor (MLF) determination around rule changes put forward by Adani Renewables to November.  Now don’t turn off, Marginal Loss Factors are not the new Dan Brown or Stephen King novel, but they are a hot topic of the NEM at the moment and ultimately will affect the cost of the electricity we all buy.  So what are they and why are they important? What is an Marginal Loss Factor? Think of a block of flats and you need to fill a bath on the 1st and 10th floors. However, to do that you need to climb up...

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13 Nov STAFF PROFILE – Kate Turner

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? The best piece of advice I’ve ever received is to pull a pram on a beach and not try and push it. Less of an issue in England but it is coming into use now I live in Australia. Name a place you have never been to and would like to visit. Why? I would love to go to Alaska. I find it fascinating the juxtaposition between big industry and natural resources, versus the sheer rawness of the wilderness and landscape. Plus there are over 100 volcanos and its bear to people ratio is 1:21 – that’s pretty roarsome! Who or what inspires...

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13 Sep Can A Capacity Market Secure Supply

On the 12th September COAG Energy Council met and discussed the approach of the Energy Security Board is proposing to resolve the long-term solution to the NEMs security of supply assumed issues in an increasing variable renewable energy grid. One possible future scenario that has been considered and offered for market feedback was implementing a Capacity Market. Incentivising existing generation to not mothball early and give new assets return certainty encouraging investment. In a standard model it would provide payments to build new, extend the life of generation assets or possibly to those able to reduce their demand, providing they guarantee capacity to the system at periods of stress. The idea behind...

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