NT Energy System
There are three regulated electricity grid networks in the NT: Darwin – Katherine, Tennant Creek, and Alice Springs. They are primarily powered by gas-fired generators. Minor grid systems are in place at Yulara, Timber Creek, Borroloola, Nhulunbuy and Ti Tree — primarily powered by gas, diesel or a mixture of the two, with some solar energy.
Uptake of renewable energy has increased considerably within outstations and remote communities, thanks to projects like Bushlight and Solar SETuP. Such locations can benefit significantly from the decreased need for expensive diesel fuel.
Government Owned Corporations
Three Government Owned Corporations operate in the NT energy system: Power and Water Corporation (PWC), Territory Generation (TGen) and Jacana Energy. TGen owns gas powered generation assets that supply the NT with most of its electricity as well as providing the ancillary services that are necessary to maintain system reliability. PWC has an independent System Control unit which regulates the power systems. System Control manages the electricity system by instructing generators such as TGen to operate in certain ways in the system. The electricity networks in the NT are largely government owned, and operated by PWC. There are six licensed electricity retailers in the NT, including the government owned Jacana Energy and PWC.
The community appreciates the incredible solar resource available in the Territory, and wants government to lead the charge by adopting renewable energy and supporting households and businesses who want to invest in renewable technologies and storage systems.