Industry and Community Participation

The Industry and Community Participation work stream will identify appropriate mechanisms to achieve optimal installations of renewable energy by the community and industry, and support opportunities for renewable energy related industry to grow in the Northern Territory.

Key Initiatives:

  • Develop an Industry Development Strategy to grow local renewable energy capacity and encourage appropriate renewable energy investment in the NT
  • Implement a Community Renewable Energy Participation Program to encourage appropriate investment and support of the Government’s renewable energy goal.

Actions

Facilitate and support a renewable energy industry development working group, led by local business, to identify training needs, share knowledge, and identify business opportunities. Action identified by industry participants of the Economic Development Forum.

Assist in addressing the challenges and barriers experienced by local industry wishing to contribute to achievement of the target.


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. Related to the Roadmap to Renewables enabling action 6(b).

The costs to maintain a reliable and secure electricity supply with the injection of large renewable energy generation should be passed onto the generators to encourage optimum efficiency in the operation of their supplies. There may be opportunities to reduce these costs by optimising the total capacity of ancillary services required to support these generators.


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. Related to Roadmap to Renewables enabling actions 7(c), 11(a), and 11(d).

Use the learnings from other jurisdictions to determine the most cost-effective approach to support local residents contribute to achieving the target.


Complete a cost benefit review of installing renewable energy onto the various government assets versus the installation of centralised renewable energy supplies. Related to the Roadmap to Renewables enabling action 2(e).

Government occupied assets account for a significant proportion of the energy consumed on the electricity network. Facilitating the use of renewable energy to provide power for these facilities may contribute substantially to achieving the renewable energy target. Further analysis including a cost benefit review is required to determine the best mechanism for achieving this outcome.


Investigate the potential costs and benefits of alternative options for the supply and maintenance of remote power supplies. Related to Roadmap to Renewables enabling action 6(d).

Help to identify opportunities to reduce Community Service Obligation payments associated with the provision of remote power supply services.