AEMO held a webinar with more than 450 registered participants to present and answer questions on the 2020 Integrated System Plan (ISP), completing an extensive 18-month consultation program.
Participants were reminded of the extensive stakeholder contributions, webinars, workshops and submissions, and the breadth and depth of scenarios, inputs, assumptions and methodologies applied to the draft and final ISP reports.
This included general focus areas, such as forecast energy consumption, financial and policy settings, along with specific topics like renewable energy zones, network losses and interconnector augmentation options.
Following that, AEMO’s Andrew Turley (Manager, Integrated Energy Systems) and Eli Pack (Manager, Integrated System Planning) explained the highlights of the 2020 ISP.
These presentations showcased the forecast transition of the National Electricity Market and AEMO’s optimal development path to maximise consumer benefits and deliver $11 billion in net market benefits to 2040.
Attendees were then given the opportunity to ask AEMO’s expert ISP panel questions. Please note these questions and responses are now available on AEMO’s website.
Nicola Falcon, Group Manager – Forecasting at AEMO, said, “The large number of attendees and enthusiastic contribution to the webinar is a reflection on the considerable engagement throughout the ISP consultation process.
“AEMO thanks the hundreds of stakeholders that have contributed to this ISP and looks forward to working hand-in-hand with consumers, governments and the industry in helping ensure our energy system is affordable, secure, reliable and sustainable,” she said.
Moving forward, the presentation also outlined the draft consultation and publication timeline for the 2022 ISP.
AEMO is currently in the process of organising the first step in the 2022 ISP consultation process.
Those who have participated in the ISP process thus far have received invitations to register their interest for an upcoming virtual workshop to engage on the design of scenarios that will be used for upcoming forecasting and planning activities, including the 2022 ISP. The workshop will occur between 12-16 October, with the date to be confirmed shortly.
The deadline for the expressions of interest is Monday 28 September at 5PM (AEST). Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not received an invitation and are interested in attending.