Today, AEMO published the Engineering Roadmap FY2024 Priority Actions Report, outlining the activities AEMO plans to undertake in the 2023–24 financial year (FY2024) to help prepare the National Electricity Market (NEM) for operation at times of 100 percent instantaneous renewables.
This report seeks to continue the work from the Engineering Roadmap to 100% Renewables, by providing transparency on the specific activities AEMO is progressing in FY2024, while also providing an update on the extensive progress made in FY2023 by AEMO and industry to increase preparedness.
As we increasingly observe new renewable energy milestones, completing the necessary engineering work will be paramount to enable secure and reliable electricity supplies during periods when there are no fossil fuelled generators online.
AEMO Manager of Future Energy Systems, Chris Davies, notes that “Readiness for 100% instantaneous renewables is a critical enabler for being able to operate the power system regularly with high penetrations of renewables, in turn supporting the transition to a net zero energy system.”
“The transition requires a concerted effort across industry, and this report summarises the major engineering and operational readiness activities that AEMO intends to progress in this next financial year” Chris said.
AEMO intends to make progress towards over 80 different actions throughout FY2024, with this report spotlighting a subset of activities where AEMO is seeking to drive significant progress in the year ahead. This includes activities where:
AEMO believes significant uplift in effort is required to prepare for associated Roadmap preconditions
Engagement with external stakeholders is crucial and not fully captured through other work programs
Delayed progression may pose a risk a risk to power system security in future.
Based on these principles, the priority actions identified for FY2024, cover four objectives:
Enabling high penetrations of distributed energy resources (DER)
Enabling new technologies to address system needs
Conducting future power system studies
Building operational readiness
AEMO is also seeking feedback on the Engineering Roadmap to 100% Renewables program of work, and encourages stakeholders to provide input on the content included in the report, and how they would like to be engaged in the future. To provide feedback, this survey will be open to stakeholder feedback until 31 July 2023 and takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.
If you would like to engage with AEMO on the Engineering Roadmap to 100% Renewables and provide input in the prioritisation of activities, please contact FutureEnergy@aemo.com.au.
Click here to enlarge the FY2024 Priority Actions Report summary.