An Investigation of the Impacts of Increased Power Supply to the National Grid by Wind Generators on the Australian Electricity Industry (2012-2015)

Significant increases in Australian power generation using wind are planned for the coming years. This project will answer urgent questions concerning the capability of the existing power grid to cope with a volatile source of supply, required grid modifications, impacts on the national electricity market (NEM), the optimal placement of wind farms, impacts of carbon pricing and the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET). This is, necessarily, an interdisciplinary project involving economists, electrical engineers and climate scientists with very strong support from the wind generators. A coherent government policy to phase in renewable energy in a cost effective manner will not be possible without high quality research of this kind.

About

Funding: Australian Research Council Linkage Projects
Project Partners: 
  • AGL Energy Ltd
  • Clean Energy Council Limited
  • Suzion Energy Australia Pty Ltd
  • TRUenergy Pty Ltd
  • Vestas International Wind Technology A/S
Status: Current

People

Chief Investigator/s: 
  • Professor John Foster
  • Associate Professor Hamish A McGowan
  • Professor Zhao Y Dong
  • Professor Tapan Saha
Research Staff: 
  • Dr Ruifeng Yan
RHD Student: 
  • Mehdi Mosadeghy
  • Nahid-Al Masood