Roadmap to Renewables
The Roadmap to Renewables report by the Renewable Energy Expert Panel to the Northern Territory Government (NTG) was released in November 2017. The report contains eleven measures the government should take in order to power the Territory with 50% renewables by 2030 while maintaining affordability, reliability and security. The government has since supported or supported-in-principle all eleven recommendations.
By adopting the Expert Panel’s recommendations, the Territory can anticipate
- renewable energy as an agent for economic development
- assurance of electricity system security and reliability
- downward pressure on wholesale electricity prices
- ongoing future affordability and sustainability of electricity supply
- effective governance of disruptive changes in the system
- greater use of renewable energy generation sources
- lowered emissions
- improved planning of the Northern Territory energy system
- greater investor certainty
The report outlines the Government’s commitment to an “Alice Springs Centre of Excellence” in solar energy to act as a research hub, concentrating resources and capability, and sharing knowledge. The Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy is the manifestation of that commitment.
The Renewable Energy and Electricity Market Reform Implementation Plan 2018 – 2020 details how the vision to achieve 50% renewables by 2030 will be implemented. The second initiative of the plan is to “support the research development of technologies and systems, suitable for the Northern Territory, that facilitate optimal integration of renewable energy into the networks.” One of the actions taken to implement this initiative is to establish Desert Knowledge Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Renewable Energy — the Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy.