To help shape the future direction of Australia’s transforming energy landscape, AEMO maintains partnerships across Australia and globally, gaining access to new insights and providing leading perspectives on energy transformation. We seek complementary skills, expertise and systems in order to support our operation today and to help manage the future we are anticipating.
As a result, we have a collaborative relationship with a range of organisations and agencies that contribute to the robust delivery of electricity and gas to Australian homes and businesses. Some relationships have become integral to the operation of the National Electricity Market (NEM) and Wholesale Electricity Market (WEM), and our formal partnership agreements capture these working relationships.
We’re proud to partner with some of Australia’s most highly regarded institutions, as well as some of the most innovative and nimble energy brands from around the world.
These include the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), the Clean Energy Regulator (CER), the CSIRO and National Grid.
We work with our partners on a wide range of initiatives, with the following activities and projects just a few of those in progress.
Bureau of Meteorology (BoM)
The partnership with the BoM leverages the expertise of our organisations to manage the impact of weather and extreme climate events on Australia’s energy system.
In this partnership, AEMO is able access BoM data to support its operational decision-making, while a senior Bureau meteorologist is embedded in AEMO’s control room. Through this partnership, AEMO can more effectively respond to extreme events, such as heat or wind, that affect electricity supply.
Among other activities, AEMO and the BoM are also working closely on a number of forecasting and data projects, including a joint three-year project with CSIRO to improve long-term climate risk planning.
AEMO and the CSIRO’s partnership draws on the organisations’ expertise and knowledge to drive research and planning for Australia’s current and future energy systems.
We are collaborating across a wide range of projects, often in conjunction with other organisations such as ARENA and the BoM. These include the GenCost report, which investigates the cost of electricity generation, and the National Energy Analytics Research (NEAR) program, which pioneers the collection, integration and enhancement of energy sector information for use by researchers, the public and industry participants.
A key project is the development of a simulator that provides a ‘digital twin’ of Australia’s energy systems. The first of its kind in Australia, this digital twin will be a powerful tool to inform complex future planning, system design and policy scenarios.