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for Queensland Communities

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Queensland has an abundance of renewable resources including solar, wind, biomass, hydro-electric and geothermal sources. For information on Queensland's renewable energy resources, including maps - click here.
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Planning and strategy
Energy and power security resources
Large Scale Renewable Energy
Community Energy Resources
Australian Community Energy Projects
Microgrids
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Planning and strategy

The Powering Queensland Plan is Queensland's strategy to guide the state through the short-term and long-term challenges facing Australia's energy markets. As part of the Powering Queensland Plan, Queensland has confirmed it's commitment to a 50% renewable energy target by 2030.

Local Area Energy Planning: Supporting clean growth and low carbon transition, 2018, Energy Systems Catapult, UK

This report provides an overview of Local Area Energy Planning (section 1); an account of the key environmental, social and economic drivers underpinning the Clean Growth Strategy (section 2); a summary of the provisions of the Clean Growth Strategy that address heat, energy networks and energy performance of buildings (section 3); ten ways in which Local Area Energy Planning can address the delivery challenges of the Clean Growth Strategy (section 4); an observation on the planning policy framework for Local Area Energy Planning (section 5); and decisions for government and recommendations (section 6).

Urban Energy Systems for Low Carbon Cities, 2019, Ursula Eicker, Academic Press, London (Book)

​The book discusses advances on the state-of-the-art of research in a number of key areas:

  • Energy demand and consumption mapping and monitoring

  • Optimization of design and operation of urban supply and distribution systems

  • Integration of renewable energy and urban energy network models

  • Demand side management strategies to better match renewable supply and demand and increase flexibilities

 

Planning and strategy

The Powering Queensland Plan is Queensland's strategy to guide the state through the short-term and long-term challenges facing Australia's energy markets. As part of the Powering Queensland Plan, Queensland has confirmed it's commitment to a 50% renewable energy target by 2030.

Local Area Energy Planning: Supporting clean growth and low carbon transition, 2018, Energy Systems Catapult, UK

This report provides an overview of Local Area Energy Planning (section 1); an account of the key environmental, social and economic drivers underpinning the Clean Growth Strategy (section 2); a summary of the provisions of the Clean Growth Strategy that address heat, energy networks and energy performance of buildings (section 3); ten ways in which Local Area Energy Planning can address the delivery challenges of the Clean Growth Strategy (section 4); an observation on the planning policy framework for Local Area Energy Planning (section 5); and decisions for government and recommendations (section 6).

Urban Energy Systems for Low Carbon Cities, 2019, Ursula Eicker, Academic Press, London (Book)

​The book discusses advances on the state-of-the-art of research in a number of key areas:

  • Energy demand and consumption mapping and monitoring

  • Optimization of design and operation of urban supply and distribution systems

  • Integration of renewable energy and urban energy network models

  • Demand side management strategies to better match renewable supply and demand and increase flexibilities

 

Energy and Power Security Resources

These resources were used in the CiT webinar on Energy Security.

Fact Check – Malcolm Turnbull says renewables plus storage are cheaper than coal and nuclear for new power generation. Is he correct?, 2019, RMIT / ABC 

Mr Turnbull's claim is a fair call.  There is some uncertainty around cost estimates for different power generation technologies. Under current policy settings and economic conditions, it is generally cheaper to produce electricity from wind or solar sources than it would be using a new coal or nuclear plant, with or without "storage".

Solar Choice Residential Solar PV Price Index – July 2019.

Average residential solar system prices

Projections for small-scale embedded technologies, CSIRO Report for AEMO, June 2018  Paul Graham, Dongxiao Wang, Julio Braslavsky and Luke Reedman

This report provides projections of the number and capacity of small-scale embedded technologies in Australia which include solar photovoltaic systems (solar PV), battery storage and electric vehicles. The projections are for the purpose of assisting AEMO in producing electricity consumption and maximum/minimum demand forecasts for AEMOs 2018 electricity forecasting insights and related documents.

GenCost 2018: Updated projections of electricity generation technology costs, 2018,  Graham, P.W., Hayward, J, Foster, J., Story, O. and Havas, L

This GenCost project is the result of a collaboration between CSIRO and AEMO, together with stakeholder input, to deliver an annual process of updating electricity generation costs.

Delivering Power for remote customers at the lowest cost Stand-alone power systems review: FINAL REPORT (PRIORITY ONE), 2019,  Australian Energy Market Commission

Daintree Electricity Supply Feasibility Study, 2019,  Qld Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

To help deliver a reliable and sustainable electricity supply for the Daintree region, the Queensland Government has committed funding under the Jobs and Regional Growth Fund to undertake the Daintree Electricity Supply Feasibility Study, which will assess and compare possible fit-for-purpose options.

Final Rule Determination: National Electricity Amendment (Alternatives to grid-supplied network services) Rule 2017, 2017,  Australian Energy Market Commission

Evolving economics of grids and off-grids – the incentive issue.

Electricity network transformation roadmap, 2017,  Energy Networks Australia and CSIRO

The Electricity Network Transformation Roadmap (the Roadmap) has been developed to provide detailed milestones and actions to guide an efficient and timely transformation over the 2017-27 decade. Developed by Australia’s national science agency CSIRO and Energy Networks Australia, the Roadmap is informed by an evidence based approach, referencing over nineteen reports that summarise expert analyses, scenario analyses and quantitative modelling to 2050. An integrated set of ‘no regrets’ actions are identified to enable balanced, long term outcomes for customers, enable the maximum value of customer distributed energy resources and position Australia’s networks for resilience in uncertain and divergent futures.

 

Large Scale Renewable Energy

 

Queensland Solar Farm Guidelines - Practical guidance for communities, landowners and project proponents

The Guidelines aim to assist communities, landowners and project proponents by providing information about the legislative framework which governs solar farm developments in Queensland, the planning and development process, and practical guidance for effective community engagement practices.

Queensland Wind farm state code – guidelines for a new or expanding wind farm. It is intended to protect individuals, communities and the environment from adverse impacts as a result of the construction, operation and decommissioning of wind farm development.

 

The NSW Wind Energy Guideline provides the community, industry and regulators with guidance on the planning framework for the assessment of large-scale wind energy development proposals that are State significant development (SSD) in NSW.

Community Energy Resources

Community-owned renewable energy – a how to guide

Communities across Australia are coming together to make the most of their clean energy potential by establishing solar, wind, bioenergy and hydro-power projects that involve and benefit local people. This is a short guide to starting such a project in your own community. This guide has been prepared with the financial support of the NSW Government, through the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage’s Regional Clean Energy Program.

Coalition for Community Energy , Small Scale Community Solar Guide and Webinars, 2017

This Guide is perhaps one of the most useful resources available to community energy groups looking to develop their first project.  The guide is filled with practical tips, case-studies and the key information you need to know to get started talking to potential host-sites

CORENA Fund

Community Power Agency

The Community Power Agency is a not-for-profit organisation with expertise that enables and advocates for community energy. We support communities across Australia to engage in and benefit from the transition to renewable energy.

 Tvind Kraft- Denmark 

Community wind power installed 40 years ago.

Australian Community Energy Projects

Microgrids

A microgrid is a localized group of electricity sources and loads that normally operates connected to and synchronous with the traditional wide area synchronous grid (macrogrid), but can also disconnect to "island mode" — and function autonomously as physical or economic conditions dictate.[1]

Monash University Microgrid 

As part of an ambitious goal to be emissions free by 2030, Monash University is partnering with ARENA and Indra Australia on the Smart Energy City project. Harnessing the collective power of a 1 MW array of solar panels, 20 buildings with automated energy management systems, electric vehicle chargers and a 1 MW battery, the project will create a new microgrid at the university’s 57 year old Clayton campus. Connected to the main electricity grid and controlled by software from Indra Australia, the smart network aims to demonstrate that a 100 per cent renewable electricity system can operate reliably and affordably, while reducing strain on the broader energy system. ARENA is providing $2.97 million towards the $7.1 million trial, which will back up the university’s behind the meter assets with energy from a power purchase agreement with a renewable generator.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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