Spotlight on energy in Western Australia

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This week energy experts (including members of AEMO’s Executive Team) gathered on Australia’s west coast for the 19th annual Energy in Western Australia Conference to share industry knowledge and learn about 'Delivering in Uncertain Times'.

Hosted by the Australian Institute of Energy and Energy Policy WA (Government of Western Australia), the annual event held in Perth welcomed local, national, and international speakers to provide new insight on energy challenges and opportunities in the state.

On day one, AEMO’s Managing Director and CEO, Audrey Zibelman, gave a keynote address on the challenges facing the energy industry, areas of vulnerability and likely disruption, and also outlined AEMO’s 3-year approach that will emphasise proactive change to deliver benefits for consumers, system participants and stakeholders.

Ms Zibelman highlighted how the South West Interconnected System (SWIS), like the National Electricity Market (NEM), is seeing rapid growth in renewable resources, both on a utility and consumer scale. She emphasised how the growth of renewable generation in WA continues to drive a paradigm shift in the power system.

Closing out day two, Violette Mouchaileh, AEMO’s Executive General Manager of Energy Markets and Services, took part in an expert panel discussion about Distributed Energy Resources (DER). Ms Mouchaileh presented AEMO’s vision for DER in Australia: to integrate DER in the system and market to maximise customer value through price, greater choice, and the provision of a secure and reliable system. She stated this will be achieved by establishing a world-first two-way electricity system and trading marketplace for electricity and related energy services, along with enabling open access.

By many metrics, change is occurring faster in Australia than in almost all other developed economies, and in a physical and operating environment that poses greater technical and design challenges. Much of this change is led by Western Australia.

AEMO has a dedicated team in WA with national and international expertise, that are supported organisation-wide, to provide system and market operation services for the Wholesale Electricity Market (WEM) in the SWIS, and WA Gas Services Information

Some of the key WA priorities for AEMO include: 

  • Working on integrating utility scale renewables and Distributed Energy Resources (DER) into the SWIS and has published a report on this in March 2019
  • Investing in updated operational tools and implementation of rule changes to improve system and market operations, and ultimately consumer outcomes
  • Expanding our use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine-based learning to reduce costs and improve efficiency
  • Collaborating closely with the WA Government and industry to progress reforms to the WEM, ultimately delivering secure, affordable and lower carbon energy for West Australians


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