The wind blows to Victoria for 75 wind power generators
As wind farms are being developed all over the globe, Australia makes the move toward growing its renewable energy sector. The state of Victoria in Australia has just granted approval on planning permits for a major wind farm project at Ararat, which will consist of 75 wind generators. The farm is expected to generate a total of 247.5 megawatts of electricity, which is enough to supply electricity to more than 135,000 homes. The announcement for the $326 million wind farm was made by Planning Minister, Justin Madden.
"An independent planning panel was appointed to review the permit applications relating to this project and public hearings were held in July 2010," Mr Madden said.
Renewable Energy Australia Pty will be responsible for developing the project, adhering to several stipulations made by the state, including visual impact, fauna and native vegetation.
"I have accepted the recommendations of an independent panel and approved two planning permits for the project with conditions."
"Community concerns about potential landscape and visual amenity and environmental impacts have been heard and appropriate conditions have been placed on the planning permits, including landscape, and flora and fauna issues," Mr Madden said.
"The proponents, Renewable Energy Australia Pty Ltd, will be required to prepare an off-site landscaping plan.
"They will also be required to conduct additional analysis and mitigation measures to ensure appropriate management of impacts on flora and fauna.
"We have worked closely with Ararat and Northern Grampians Shire councils and the developer as well as the local communities to ensure the best possible outcome."
Minister for Energy and Resources Peter Batchelor said the Ararat windfarm would contribute significantly to a more sustainable energy supply and secure regional jobs.
"The Ararat windfarm is expected to provide a $326 million boost to Victoria’s regional economy and create 180 jobs during construction as well as ongoing operation and maintenance jobs once the facility is completed," Mr Batchelor said.
"It will also help meet the challenges faced through climate change and contribute towards achieving our target of reducing greenhouse emissions by at least 20 per cent by 2020.
"This decision is about supporting regional development and renewable energy in the right location to achieve a more sustainable future for Victoria."
Member for Ripon Joe Helper said the Ararat Windfarm would make a significant contribution to the local economy.
"Landowners throughout the region will benefit from this project and its associated benefits," Mr Helper said.
Awesense launches digital clean energy marketplace
Awesense has launched what it claims is the only energy-focused repository of solutions built to drive the industry's decarbonization agenda.
The Awesense Marketplace aims to provide a common framework for companies to collaborate towards the future of clean energy and digital transformation, uniting applications, solutions and algorithms to solve energy and grid challenges.
Solutions listed on the marketplace cover a range of cases, and launch companies include Doosan GridTech, Kitu Systems, vadiMAP, LO3 Energy, ENGIN, Utilidata, Clir Renewables, ChargeLab, SensorLink, Exeri, Easy SmartGrid, and Athena Power.
“We are welcoming a new era in the decarbonization of energy systems,” said Mischa Steiner, CEO of Awesense. “The goal of achieving a clean energy future requires collaboration amongst key industry players in the utilities and energy sectors. Sharing resources through the Marketplace means that our customers and partners have a truly seamless approach as we work towards our common goal - ultimately, decarbonizing the world’s energy system.”
Utilities, consulting companies, and other organizations struggle to develop solutions that can be scaled across many jurisdictions due to complex data integration and the lack of a standard, open data model. Using the solutions offered throughout the Marketplace, organizations can rapidly accelerate their transition to a decentralized, decarbonized future and develop solutions that are scalable across industry. The platform will open up new revenue streams in areas such as:
Distributed energy resource integration and control
Electric vehicle charging
Demand response and smart-home management
Intelligent asset management
Advanced distribution system management
The new marketplace builds on Awesense's Digital Energy Platform, a digital twin based energy analytics platform that allows utilities to scale at the same pace as the rapidly changing technology landscape of the energy grid.
Together, the Open Energy Data Model and the Awesense Marketplace removes hurdles around data mapping and transformation, expedites data preparation and refining, and provides a common framework for companies to collaborate.
“The energy-specific data model allows utilities, technology companies, consulting firms, and other vendors to build solutions that can be easily integrated by other energy companies, to make a real impact on the industry as a whole, and develop new revenue streams for their organizations” said Steiner. “We’re looking forward to seeing the Awesense Marketplace grow as more partners committed to energy decarbonization join us.”
There are no simple solutions to putting the world on a sustainable path to net-zero emissions, according to the IEA. Reducing global CO2 emissions will require "a broad range of different technologies working across all sectors of the economy in various combinations and applications." it notes.
Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia formed
Amp Power Australia has established the Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia, a strategic portfolio of large scale integrated Solar PV, Wind and Battery Energy Storage assets located in South Australia. The hub also includes the siting of the Spencer Gulf Hydrogen Energy Ecoplex, forming part of the South Australian Government's Hydrogen Action Plan.
The portfolio, acquired from EPS, includes three large Solar PV projects totalling over 1.3 GW of generation, located at Robertstown (636 MW), Bungama (336MW) and Yoorndoo Ilga (388MW) with a total BESS capacity of up to 540MW across the portfolio.
Amp's expansion in Australia will include the implementation of Amp X, a proprietary digital energy platform 100% owned by Amp, which provides a diverse portfolio of disruptive and interoperable grid edge solutions, and includes a smart transformer, which enables real-time autonomous management and optimised dispatch of all forms of distributed generation and loads across the grid.
Palmetto recently opened its marketplace in Arizona, and is now serving 20 states across the country, claiming its proprietary technology, marketplace business model, and consumer mobile application "are all designed to democratize access to clean energy".