Implementation

The Northern Territory Government recognises the role energy, including renewable energy, plays as a driver of economic development. The government has a target of 50% renewable energy by 2030 for electricity consumption, while maintaining secure, reliable and least-cost electricity for consumers and taxpayers.

To help the government determine how best to achieve the target, advice was sought from an independent panel of experts. The Renewable Energy Expert Panel formally delivered its report ‘Northern Territory Roadmap to Renewables, 50% by 2030’, which was publicly released on 27 November 2017, together with government’s response. The report includes 11 high level recommendations which the government has supported or supported in principle.

In October 2018, the government released the Renewable Energy and Electricity Market Reform implementation plan 2018-20 PDF (4.3 MB) (REEMR plan) to deliver on recommendations of the roadmap report.

The government has completed 20 of the actions under this plan with the remaining 17 in progress.

Below is a summary on progress against each of the actions identified in the REEMR plan.

ActionsComplete In progress Status comment
Develop validated dynamic network models for the Darwin-Katherine, Alice Springs, and Tenant Creek electricity networks.   
Complete detailed investigations, including technical and market modelling, to provide advice on the optimum pathway, asset mix and system upgrades required for the integration of renewable energy to achieve the target   High level market and technical scenario modelling on the least cost pathway for achieving the target has been completed. This action is ongoing and will continue to be advanced through the next implementation phase
Investigate potential opportunities to access ARENA funding for the installation of energy storage solutions that support renewable energy integration in remote systems   
Investigate cooling systems as an alternative energy storage technology   This action is ongoing and will continue to be advanced through the next implementation phase
Charles Darwin University to undertake research and identify opportunities for renewable energy opportunities suitable for the Territory   Contracts with the Charles Darwin University through the Renewable Energy Research and Development Fund are in place and the three-year research projects currently underway
Centre for Appropriate Technology to develop a publicly available, interactive web-based renewable energy resource database   
Desert Knowledge Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Renewable Energy - the ‘Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy’ established   
Recognise the role of energy as a key driver of economic development, founded on competitively priced and environmentally responsible electricity generation   
Ensure the energy policy aligns with the renewable energy target   
Ensure the climate change framework aligns with the renewable energy target   
Establish and maintain a government working group to ensure the electricity reform process aligns with the renewable energy target   
Establish a reliability standard which balances the benefit of higher reliability for customers with the costs   This action will continue to advance through the next phase of implementation
Establish a reliability manager with responsibility for determining the system-wide capacity requirement for renewable and non-renewable plant to meet the reliability standard   This action will continue to advance through the next phase of implementation
Establish generator performance standards to accommodate increased levels of renewable energy generation on the network   
Define in detail, the requirements for ancillary services in a way that allows renewable energy generators to purchase long-term contracts for these services   This action will continue to advance through the next phase of implementation
Complete the review of the proposed Frequency Control Ancillary Service and Inertia Ancillary Service contained in the secure system guidelines to ensure they are appropriate for network stability and reliability targets   This action will continue to advance through the next phase of implementation
Amend the secure system guidelines and system control technical code or other instruments to identify and facilitate the regulatory and commercial arrangements to enable procurement of appropriate ancillary services   This action will continue to advance through the next phase of implementation
Remove duplication and overlaps that currently exist in the technical and electricity networks (third party access) codes and complete the review of the national electricity rules.   This action is ongoing and continues to evolve as amendments are made to the national electricity rules
Conduct ongoing reviews of regulatory frameworks related to electrical energy systems to ensure they can respond to technology change   This action will continue to advance through the next phase of implementation
Upgrade the market settlement system to accommodate increased activities associated with new market conditions   This action will continue to advance through the next phase of implementation
Review of the ring-fencing guidelines to ensure greater separation between system control and PWC’s other business units   
Review the small-scale solar feed in tariff to identify a long term transitional pathway to facilitate least cost to government, improve system security and reliability during peak periods, and provide certainty for consumers   
Review regulated tariffs to identify a long term transitional pathway to better reflect the cost of generation and to align with the demand profile for the Northern Territory   This action will continue to advance through the next phase of implementation
Complete the unbundling of the costs of ancillary services so that these are adequately compensated for and can inform decisions of proponents considering investment in large-scale renewable energy projects   This action will continue to advance through the next phase of implementation
Identify appropriate mechanisms to deliver ancillary and other system security services including the likely costs of such services   This action will continue to advance through the next phase of implementation
Facilitate and support a renewable energy industry development working group, led by local business, to identify training needs, share knowledge, and identify long term industry development opportunities   
Work with industry to identify the most cost-effective way for developers of large scale renewable energy projects to be responsible for assuring the supply of electricity as well as for the provision of ancillary services and system support to facilitate security and reliability of the system   
Undertake a review of national and international programs which support renewable energy investment for rental and public housing such as peer-to-peer trading to inform on possible program options which may be suitable in the Territory context   
Implementation of the Department of Education’s three year $5 million solar in schools program   
Complete a cost benefit review of installing renewable energy onto other government assets versus the installation of centralised renewable energy supplies   
Investigate the potential costs and benefits of alternative options for the supply and maintenance of remote power supplies   This action will continue to advance through the next phase of implementation
Undertake a review of potential demand side management opportunities, including small-scale, not currently utilised and the potential costs associated with these   This action will continue to advance through the next phase of implementation
Investigate options for the replacement of accumulation meters, including the costs and benefits to the government and consumers   This action will continue to advance through the next phase of implementation
Environment Centre NT’s COOLmob program established to deliver home energy efficiency education   
$4 million Smart Energy Grants program which provides grants to householders for energy efficiency measures and solar installations   
Smarter Business Solutions Program which provides grants for business to install energy efficiency measures and behind the meter solar and storage technologies   
Program of cost-effective energy efficiency improvements in government owned buildings identified