Stakeholders engaged with Renewable Integration Study (RIS) consultation

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Following the launch of AEMO’s Renewable Integration Study (RIS) at the end of April, AEMO has been consulting with stakeholders on the report’s findings and actions to develop an integrated program of priority focus areas to support Australia’s energy transition.

Last week, the Energy Systems Integration Group (ESIG) hosted AEMO’s Managing Director and CEO Audrey Zibelman, along with Chris Davies and Barry O’Connell from AEMO’s Future Energy Systems to present key findings at a Renewable Integration Study webinar.

More than 430 people from 17 countries joined the webinar to participate in discussions on the study’s findings and recommendations to leverage Australia’s technical capability to operate a power system with 75 per cent of energy at times from wind and solar generation by 2025.

The presentation covered recommended actions to overcome the technical challenges with Australia’s power system transition from centralised, firm and synchronous generation, to a greater reliance on decentralised, variable and inverter-based generation.

The rapid rate of transition to high wind and solar penetration, as outlined in AEMO’s Draft 2020 Integrated System Plan, requires a quick response to manage these challenges. This includes the need for flexible market and regulatory frameworks that can adapt swiftly and effectively as the power system evolves.

In addition to this international event AEMO held two stakeholder events with 350 representatives from consumer advocates, policy makers and industry representatives and has held a series of one-on-one briefings with other stakeholder groups.

Chris Davies, AEMO Future Energy Systems Manager, said: “Overall, the consultation reflected a high level of interest and engagement from a range of stakeholders wanting to contribute and remain involved in future developments with the Renewable Integration Study.

“Of particular interest was how the study seeks to achieve the National Electricity Objectives and how the RIS aligns with AEMO’s Integrated System Plan and other publications or initiatives, including collaboration with the Australian Energy Market Commission and Energy Security Board.

“AEMO welcomes all feedback and looks forward to working with the other market bodies and ESB on the related regulatory and market actions,” he said.

Following these forums, AEMO will release a FAQ to answer the most commonly asked questions, including questions that were not answered during the engagement sessions.

To assist in sharing the RIS insights and recommendations, AEMO has developed an informative five-part webinar series on the RIS and each of the three appendices of the report: Distributed PV, Variability and Unpredictability, and Frequency. To watch the RIS webinar series, or to read the reports, visit the RIS webpage or AEMO’s YouTube page.

Written submissions, formal feedback or suggestions regarding the RIS Stage 1 report or priority focus areas for the future can be submitted to by Tuesday, 30 June 2020. AEMO will be taking all the feedback from submissions and stakeholder projects to help with scoping and developing Stage 2 of the project.

For more information, please contact the Future Energy Systems team.

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