Greg Thorpe at Power Week Asia 2017 urges Asia to be "a little bit brave" embacing new technology

Posted by Jim Snow on 26 September 2017
Last week saw Executive Director Greg Thorpe at Power Week Asia 2017 Conference in Bangkok. Greg contributed to a session on impact of renewable technology on electricity market design. Contributors were asked to focus on one theme. Greg talked about the importance of market design facilitating innovation, not stifling it with prescriptive rules. He suggested draft rules should be stress tested to identify how far external conditions could change before they fail and then monitored. He noted how these principles were important for some of the changes being seen in the Australian market and power systems. He noted examples such as: where once applicants for connection to networks were under pressure for how they increased fault levels but recent changes in technology has meant low fault levels are now a problem; and the now common concern about low inertia in big systems was once a problem confined to very small systems. In the Q&A session there was discussion about whether local Asian systems should sit out the transition or, as Greg suggested, be 'a little bit brave' and embrace new technology with eyes wide open.
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OGW "Independent report casts doubt over Thwaites"

Posted by Jim Snow on 26 September 2017
OGW Report "Review of the Thwaites report and associated research" (Hoch and Harris) was prepared for the Australian Energy Council who claim that it "casts doubt over the analysis attached to the Thwaites Review of Retail Markets in Victoria" as the retail gross margins caculated for that review are acording to the OGW Report "likley to be out by a factor of at least 30%". The report can be found here.
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Tasmanian Energy Security Task Force Final Report

Posted by Rod Johannessen on 21 August 2017
The Taskforce reaffirms in its Final Report that Tasmanian's energy security is the responsibility of the Tasmanian Government, and it sets out its final recommendations to strengthen the frameworks that support the Government in achieving this responsibility. It is pleasing to have been able to assist the Taskforce in its work.  Oakley Greenwood, was engaged to assist the Taskforce work through the challenges facing the Tasmanian gas market in the context of overall energy security. The report can be found here http://www.stategrowth.tas.gov.au/tasmanian_energy_security_taskforce/final_report
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Oakley Greenwood at CIGRE Symposium Dublin

Posted by Jim Snow on 6 June 2017
This week Executive Director Greg Thorpe and Principal Consultant Alex Cruickshank are attending a CIGRE symposium in Dublin, Ireland attended by electricity experts from all continents.  Alex and Greg are members of CIGRE's Australian Panel on Markets and Regulation.  They are meeting with CIGRE colleagues examining international practices in tariff design, reasons for major change to markets, the impact of environmental policies on markets, capacity markets, technical issues with adding new technologies to power systems and price caps. 
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Understanding the Customer Drivers

Posted by Jim Snow on 4 June 2017
Jim Snow, Executive DIrector and Adjunct Professor UQ was invited as a Guest Author on the WattClarity blog on areas of deeper analysis - his paper is based on a presentation at the UQ Energy Initiative, Energy Express Series - it covers off disruption and the impact of state policies in an ideological battle for sustainability, the need to understand how and why customers are driving disruption and the need for industry stalwarts to refocus the business mdoels.  Can be found here: http://www.wattclarity.com.au/2017/06/energy-supply-disruption-understand-the-customer-drivers/#comments and attached.
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Greg Thorpe at Power Week Asia 2017 urges Asia to be "a little bit brave" embacing new technology

Sep 26 2017
Last week saw Executive Director Greg Thorpe at Power Week Asia 2017 Conference in Bangkok. Greg contributed to a session on impact of renewable te...

OGW "Independent report casts doubt over Thwaites"

Sep 26 2017
OGW Report "Review of the Thwaites report and associated research" (Hoch and Harris) was prepared for the Australian Energy Council who c...

Tasmanian Energy Security Task Force Final Report

Aug 21 2017
The Taskforce reaffirms in its Final Report that Tasmanian's energy security is the responsibility of the Tasmanian Government, and it sets out...
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