Electricity mapping tool to boost renewables, stop gold-plating
The development of an online electricity network mapping tool aims to help boost renewables deployment in Australia, and to avoid further network “gold plating”, by helping service providers and other stakeholders to navigate the changing landscape of the national electricity market. The series of detailed online ‘network opportunity maps’ are being developed through a partnership between the UTS’s Institute for Sustainable Futures, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, Ergon Energy, TransGrid, the NSW Department of Trade and Investment and ElectraNet. The maps, which will be publicly available and updated on an annual basis, will highlight opportunities for demand management and renewable energy projects to address areas of network capacity constraint – a function that developers hope will help circumvent potentially unnecessary investment in electricity transmission and distribution networks. As well as network constraints, the maps will show planned investment and the potential value of decentralised energy resources in networks across the NEM.
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