Alice Springs: A holistic blueprint for the future grid

*Webinar Available* As a microcosm of larger power systems, Alice Springs is positioned well to demonstrate what the future grid could look like.This talk will illustrate the current state and characteristics of the NT power system before examining a number of projects that demonstrate how large-scale uptake of renewable energy sources may be integrated into the system.
Alice Springs: A holistic blueprint for the future grid

As a microcosm of larger power systems, Alice Springs is positioned well to demonstrate what the future grid could look like. With renewables currently providing 8% of annual energy in Alice Springs, there is some way to go before the 50% by 2030 target is reached. Despite this low energy penetration, there are a number of issues such as system strength, voltage control and minimum demand already affecting the Alice Springs power system- providing valuable insights into the future of the NEM. Alice Springs is not your standard off-grid system: it has a range of stakeholders, market participants, a relatively "long and stringy" network and follows the NER rules. However, due to its small size, implementing solutions into Alice Springs can be done at a fraction of the cost, allowing for rapid prototyping.

This talk will illustrate the current state and characteristics of the NT power system before examining a number of projects that demonstrate how large-scale uptake of renewable energy sources may be integrated into the system. The learnings gained from the Alice Springs power system will be applicable to the National Electricity Market, which will face similar constraints in the coming years. With a strong solar history, Alice Springs provides the ideal collaborative platform to demonstrate what the ideal power system looks like, producing a holistic future grid blueprint that includes customer, power system, industrial and regulatory components.

Sara Johnston, General Manager of the Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy.
Intyalheme was established in 2017 to foster partnerships and collaboration, building on the strength of the existing renewable energy technology and knowledge in Alice Springs to test new ideas that facilitate greater renewable energy uptake. Sara has almost 10 years’ experience in the renewable energy industry in the Northern Territory including project management, stakeholder engagement, strategic planning and policy.

Clare Paynter, Electrical Engineer Ekistica
Clare is an experienced engineer and AEMO graduate programme alumni with extensive power system modelling capabilities  and  experience,  and well-developed  communication  and  leadership  skills underpinned by a broad knowledge base covering connection studies, electricity metering, congestion modelling, SCADA, remote power systems and  project management. Clare has also worked in engineering roles for Power and Water Corporation and ABB. With Ekistica, Clare provides design engineering, data analysis and project delivery services to a variety of clients  and projects. Committed  to  the  importance  of  high  quality technical  communication,  Clare strongly  believes  that communication and empathy need to sit alongside technical prowess in order to translate the often complex  challenges  of  remote  area  infrastructure  development into  meaningful and  innovative engineering solutions.

*Webinar available along with the usual option to attend the event in person at the EA Auditorium. Please choose from the available options when registering online. Webinar commences 6pm AEDT. 

Light refreshments will be provided by an affiliate company.

 

Date
13 / 02 / 2019 - 05:30 pm to 07:30 pm
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AEST
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Registration Closes
13 / 02 / 2019 04:00 pm
Venue
Engineers Australia Newcastle
Suite 3 Tonella Commercial Centre
125 Bull Street (entry via Dick St)
Newcastle West - Webinar Available
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Cost
Webinar
  • Complimentary: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
  • EA/EESA Member Rate: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
  • Society Member Rate: $30.00 ($27.27 excl. GST)
  • Student Member Rate: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
  • Non-Member Rate: $30.00 ($27.27 excl. GST)
Live Streamed Webinar to CQ University Gladstone
  • Complimentary: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
  • EA/EESA Member Rate: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
  • Society Member Rate: $30.00 ($27.27 excl. GST)
  • Student Member Rate: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
  • Non-Member Rate: $30.00 ($27.27 excl. GST)
Key Speaker(s)
Sara Johnston and Clare Paynter
Host(s)
Electrical Branch and EESA
Event Contact
Maximum CPD Hours
1