Knowledge Bank

The pur­pose of this site is to offer a ded­i­cat­ed space to hold infor­ma­tion rel­e­vant to Cen­tral Aus­trali­a’s strong renew­able ener­gy his­to­ry, and its tran­si­tion towards a renew­able ener­gy future. The mate­ri­als are host­ed by the Intyal­heme Cen­tre for Future Ener­gy in the spir­it of knowl­edge shar­ing and transparency.

The Alice Springs Future Grid Knowl­edge Bank aims to pro­vide access to doc­u­ments and infor­ma­tion, both his­tor­i­cal and con­tem­po­rary. By build­ing on lessons from the past, we can work towards a renew­able ener­gy future for the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry. Pre­serv­ing knowl­edge can also help to mit­i­gate the effects of cor­po­rate mem­o­ry loss caused by pop­u­la­tion tran­sience — a wide­ly acknowl­edged chal­lenge for the NT

Project out­puts from Alice Springs Future Grid can be viewed by choos­ing Future Grid pub­li­ca­tion” in the doc­u­ment type drop­down menu. 

Intyal­heme wel­comes feed­back, but accepts no respon­si­bil­i­ty for the con­tent sup­port­ed by the Knowl­edge Bank. Intyal­heme is care­ful to work with­in copy­right laws. Please don’t hes­i­tate to bring to our atten­tion any unintentional/​possible breaches. 

Intyal­heme invites ideas for fur­ther doc­u­ments that are rel­e­vant to renew­able ener­gy in Cen­tral Aus­tralia. Please get in touch with your suggestions. 

NT Electrcity Outlook Report

Util­i­ties Com­mis­sion NT Elec­tric­i­ty Outlook

Utilities Commission

2021

The Utilities Commission's 2020 Northern Territory Electricity Outlook Report focuses on the system demand and supply reliability outlook for the Darwin-Katherine, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek power systems. This is relevant to the Alice Springs Future Grid project in a number of ways. Indeed, the report starts by stating the electricity industry is experiencing a rapid transformation, driven by strong uptake of rooftop solar PV. More information regarding the report can be found on the UC's Electricity Outlook Report page. Prior to 2017-18, this information was contained within the UC's Power System Review.

Type: Report   Format: URL

Lessons Learnt: Project Execution

Lessons Learnt #1: Project Execution

CSIRO, Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy, Alice Springs Future Grid

Jun 2021

This Lessons Learnt report provides an outline of the Alice Springs Future Grid project; with an emphasis on the early phase of project execution. With Partners from all over the Northern Territory and Australia, Future Grid relies on strong relationships and deep discussions that are typically best held in person. The COVID-19 pandemic brought entirely unforeseen challenges into the project, most notably that such face-to-face interactions would now be limited. This document seeks to share the experience of launching a project of this magnitude at such a time in history, in the hope that other similar projects will benefit from the path forged by the Future Grid team. Future Grid public documents are accessible both on this knowledge bank and via the dedicated Alice Springs Future Grid ARENA project page.

Type: Future Grid publication   Format: PDF URL

Future Grid overview

Alice Springs Future Grid — project overview pamphlet

CSIRO, Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy, Alice Springs Future Grid

Mar 2021

As part of its ARENA funding, the Alice Springs Future Grid project fulfils "knowledge sharing" obligations. This helps the project, and ARENA, to make sure knowledge is able to be used as widely as possible. This publication is a six-page pamphlet, designed to provide a high-level overview of the Future Grid project, for use by both the public and industry. It was produced by the Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy with support from CSIRO, the Knowledge Sharing Partner for Alice Springs Future Grid. Future Grid public documents are accessible both on this knowledge bank and via the dedicated Alice Springs Future Grid ARENA project page.

Type: Future Grid publication   Format: PDF URL

Future Grid community survey results

Alice Springs Future Grid com­mu­ni­ty sur­vey: McGre­gor Tan results report

McGregor Tan

Feb 2021

To inform the direction of some activities of the Alice Springs Future Grid project, a sam­ple of Alice Springs res­i­dents were sur­veyed to explore cur­rent lev­els of knowl­edge and aware­ness of renew­able ener­gy, as well as exist­ing lev­els of engage­ment with tech­nolo­gies such as solar pow­er and bat­tery stor­age sys­tems. The attached document, produced by McGregor Tan, covers some of the main findings of the survey. A sec­ond whole-of-com­mu­ni­ty sur­vey will be con­duct­ed towards the end of the project (mid-late 2022) to help iden­ti­fy areas where Future Grid has had an impact. The sur­vey was facil­i­tat­ed by mar­ket research agency McGre­gor Tan and designed in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Intyal­heme and CSIRO, with input from Project Part­ners the Arid Lands Envi­ron­ment Cen­tre (ALEC) and Jacana Energy. More details can be found on the dedicated survey page on the Future Grid website.

Type: Report   Format: PDF

Nation­al launch of Alice Springs Future Grid

Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy

Aug 2020

Alice Springs Future Grid was launched on Friday August 14, with press releases from Federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

Type: Media release   Format: URL

Solar Waste Study by CDU and partners

Charles Darwin University

Jul 2020

“End-of-Life Management of Solar PV Panels” project by Charles Darwin University Northern Institute Research Fellow Dr Deepika Mathur and project partners.

Type: Report   Format: PDF URL

NT Renew­able Hydro­gen Strategy

Northern Territory Government

Jul 2020

This is the Northern Territory's first ever Renewable Hydrogen Strategy. As the international community seeks innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, there is a growing demand for clean, reliable and flexible energy solutions like hydrogen. The Territory is well placed to position itself at the forefront of the developing renewable hydrogen industry with large areas of land with high solar irradiance, close proximity to export markets, an established world-scale energy production and export industry and a commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050.

Type: Report   Format: PDF URL

NTG Offsets Framework

NTG Off­sets Policy

Northern Territory Government

Jul 2020

The Northern Territory’s environmental regulatory framework is designed to promote the avoidance, mitigation and management of impacts on the environment associated with developments and other activities. The Offsets Framework contains a set of guiding principles supported by a biodiversity offset policy, a greenhouse gas emissions policy and technical guidelines for each policy.

Type: Report   Format: URL

NT Cli­mate Change Response

Northern Territory Government

Jul 2020

This is the Northern Territory Government's Climate Change Response: Towards 2050 and three-year action plan, delivering on a key election commitment and providing a comprehensive, evidence-based response that captures the opportunities for Territorians and provides practical ways to minimise climate-risk. This evidence-based Climate Change Response provides the long-term vision required to protect the Territory and capitalise on the economic opportunities created by climate-smart action.

Type: Report   Format: PDF URL

Ecogeneration article on Alice microgrid

Eco­gen­er­a­tion arti­cle on DKA micro­grid grant

Ecogeneration

Jun 2020

Ecogeneration takes a detailed look at the Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy will use its RRCRFT Microgrid grant to increase the amount of renewable energy in the Alice Springs power system. This grant forms part of the larger Alice Springs Future Grid project, which had not been publicly announced at the time.

Type: Energy media   Format: URL

Renew Economy on NT elec market reform

Renew Econ­o­my on NT elec­tric­i­ty mar­ket reform

Renew Economy

Jun 2020

Sophie Vorrath takes a look at reforms listed in consultation papers released by the NT Government, focused on grid stability, boosting private investment, and moving closer to the 50% by 2030 renewable energy target.

Type: Energy media   Format: URL

NT electricity market reforms

NT elec­tric­i­ty mar­ket reforms

Northern Territory Government

Jun 2020

Consultation papers released on the subject of electricty market reform in the NT, focused on improving coordination of solar and gas-fired generators (dispatch), ensuring there is sufficient generation capacity available to meet consumers’ needs (reliability), the facilitation of payments between retailers and generators (settlement) and improvements to the efficiency of the provision of essential power system security services (system services).

Type: Discussion paper   Format: URL

Microgrid grants announced

Micro­grid grants announced

Australian Government

Jun 2020

Desert Knowledge Australia was one of four Northern Territory recipients of grant funding from the Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund - Microgrids Program. The other recipients were Atyenhenge-Atherre Aboriginal Corporation for a microgrid in Santa Teresa, Impact Investment Partners for the Mutitjulu and Martu Community Microgrid Project, and the Power and Water Corporation to build on the lessons learnt during its NT SETuP program.

Type: Media release   Format: URL

Indigenous involvement in renewables

Renew: Pow­er­ing Indige­nous Com­mu­ni­ties with Renewables

Renew

2020

A piece by Jodie Lea Martire which explores the extent to which Indigenous Australians are getting a share of the renewables boom.

Type: Energy media  

Battery scheme, BESS for Darwin, new FiT

NTG announce­ment on new renew­ables measures

Northern Territory Government

Apr 2020

The Northern Territory Government has announced two significant steps in its plan for 50% renewables by 2030. The Government has approved the procurement of a large scale battery for the Darwin-Katherine grid, as well as announcing a Household and Business Battery Scheme (HBBS).

Type: Media release   Format: PDF URL

Renew Economy on new GPS

Solar farms to car­ry cost of Ter­ri­to­ry government’s glacial pace on grid reform

Renew Economy

2020

Article by Michael Mazengarb, published in Renew Economy on March 5, 2020. The article takes a detailed look at submissions and various arguments surrounding the development of new Generator Performance Standards.

Type: Energy media   Format: URL

Climate Solutions for NT Communities

Cli­mate Jus­tice work­shop program

Jesuit Social Services

Mar 2020

Following on from the inaugural NT Climate Justice Workshop held in Darwin in September 2019; Climate Solutions for Territory Communities provided a chance to build connections, share knowledge and skills and collaborate on solutions to the climate challenges facing Northern Territory communities. The event was held in Alice Springs on March 5 and 6, 2020. The attached program features details about the speakers and workshops that comprised the two-day event.

Type: Event details   Format: PDF

Generator Performance Standards

Util­i­ties Com­mis­sion — Gen­er­a­tor Per­for­mance Stan­dards 2020

Utilities Commission

2020

POWER AND WATER CORPORATION’S PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO CODES - GENERATOR PERFORMANCE STANDARDS, FINAL DECISION, 29 February 2020

Type: Regulations   Format: PDF URL

UC system black progress report

Sys­tem Black progress report

Utilities Commission

2020

PROGRESS REPORT – IMPLEMENTATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS FROM INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION OF ALICE SPRINGS SYSTEM BLACK INCIDENT ON 13 OCTOBER 2019. Published in accordance with section 6(1)(h) of the Utilities Commission Act 2000. 27 February 2020

Type: Report   Format: PDF URL

The Conversation highlights Sun Cable

Aus­tralia could soon export sun­shine to Asia

The Conversation

2020

An article by John Matthews, Elizabeth Thurbon, Hao Tan and Sung-Young Kim featured in The Conversation, on February 26, 2020. Published in partnership with Macquarie University, the University of Newcastle and UNSW. The article explores emerging renewable energy export opportunities, including the proposed Sun Cable project in the Barkly region.

Type: Energy media   Format: URL

SolarQuotes: Alice Springs VPP proposal

Solar Quotes — Alice Springs VPP

SolarQuotes Blog

2020

SolarQuotes shares detail on the latest developments around a proposed virtual power plant in Alice Springs.

Type: Website post   Format: URL

Rooftop Solar Program

Rooftop Solar in Schools

Northern Territory Government

2020

The Territory Labor Government is delivering on its election commitment to install solar panels in schools, facilitating significant energy savings that can be redirected into learning. The $5 million Rooftop Solar in Schools program, part of the Territory Labor Government’s Roadmap to Renewables Plan, will be delivered over three years to 25 schools. It is expected to save schools up to 40 per cent of their energy costs.

Type: Media release   Format: URL

Rimfire VPP licence application

Gen­er­a­tor licence appli­ca­tion for Alice Springs VPP

Utilities Commission

2020

Application for a generation licence to carry on operations in the Northern Territory Electricity Supply Industry made under section 15 of the Electricity Reform Act 2000.

Type: Regulations   Format: URL

Alice Springs Sys­tem Black — Entu­ra report

Entura

2019

On Sunday 13 October 2019, the Alice Springs power system went black at 2:18pm, with approximately 12,000 customers affected for periods varying from 30 minutes and up to 10 hours. On 14 October 2019, the Territory Government announced that it had ‘called an independent review into the incident to identify and investigate any system-wide issues that led to the problem occurring and the adequacy of responses, both short and long term’. This report provides the findings of that review.

Type: Report   Format: PDF

UC System Black investigation

Alice Springs Sys­tem Black — Util­i­ties Commission

Utilities Commission

2019

Independent investigation of Alice Springs System Black incident on 13 October 2019 - Utilities Commission

Type: Report   Format: PDF