Media Statement - Unified approach to power system security required
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February 15, 2017 - 4:30 PM
The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has today released a report on its ongoing investigation of the sequence of events that led to load shedding in South Australia on Wednesday 8 February, and is calling for a united approach to managing the energy transition in Australia.
“The complexities and challenges of managing short-notice generation capacity reductions amid high temperatures and increasing electricity consumption are real. And they’re here,” AEMO Executive General Manager Stakeholders and Information, Mr Joe Adamo said.
“Energy transition needs co-ordinated planning and this is best achieved when we are all dealing with facts.
“The facts in this report outline that load shedding became the only remaining available option for AEMO to restore power system security. This action prevented the risk of damage to crucial infrastructure, which if impacted, could have had a prolonged, and potentially disastrous impact to energy consumers,” said Mr Adamo.
AEMO supports the need to evolve the National Electricity Market (NEM) design to meet current and future requirements, and calls for greater unity to address the growing challenges of today’s power system. Our stakeholders are fundamentally critical to this evolution.
“This transition to a reliable, affordable and sustainable framework is everyone’s responsibility. The challenges faced last Wednesday showed that we all need to adapt and evolve to manage the complexities of today’s market,” Mr Adamo said.
AEMO encourages the development of new technology and the evolution of business models across the supply chain to provide a secure, low emission power system, while at the same time managing the costs to the Australian community.
In its planning documents in recent years, AEMO has consistently stated that the National Electricity Market (NEM) is in transition. In 2015, AEMO began a collaborative work program with the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) to work together to identify appropriate solutions for Australians. AEMO cannot do this alone, and broad engagement is needed for future success.
In the short term, AEMO is committed to working closely with the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), the South Australian government, and South Australian network businesses to progress a range of urgent initiatives already underway to improve the stability of the South Australian power system.
AEMO will continue to work with governments, both Federal and State, industry institutions and the community to positively progress key energy trends. AEMO will continue to objectively and independently provide information via its suite of energy planning and forecasting publications.
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