Timeline

Actions201820192020
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.             
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.             
Charles Darwin University to undertake research and identify opportunities for renewable energy opportunities suitable for the Territory.             
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.             
Establish a Reliability Manager with responsibility for determining the system-wide capacity requirement for renewable and non-renewable plant to meet the Reliability Standard.             
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.             
Complete the review of the proposed Frequency Control Ancillary Service (FCAS) and Inertia Ancillary Service (IAS) contained in the Secure System Guidelines to ensure they are appropriate for network stability and reliability targets.             
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             
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 (NER).             
Conduct ongoing reviews of regulatory frameworks related to electrical energy systems to ensure they can respond to technology change.             
Upgrade the Market Settlement System to accommodate increased activities associated with new market conditions.             
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 (FiT) 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.             
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.             
Identify appropriate mechanisms to deliver ancillary and other system security services including the likely costs of such services.             
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 $5M solar in schools project.             
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.             
Undertake a review of potential demand side management opportunities, including small-scale, not currently utilised and the potential costs associated with these.             
Investigate options for the replacement of accumulation meters, including the costs and benefits to the government and consumers.             
Environment Centre NT’s COOLmob program established to deliver home energy efficiency education.             
$4M 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.