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30 September 2021

A new generation of generation

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GenOps Report 1: Large-Scale Solar Operations

This report provides valuable perspective on how actual project performance has differed from the forecasts used for investment decisions. It focuses on insights relating to project performance, operational expenditure and project revenues.

Image: Longreach Solar Farm

Read the Large-Scale Solar Operations report 


GenOps Report 2: Ramp Rates for Solar and Wind Generators on the NEM

This report analyses the impact of generator size (geographic footprint and installed capacity) on ramp rates for solar and wind farms. How quickly solar and wind farms can “ramp” their generation up or down in response to weather conditions is relevant to how a grid with a high share of renewable generators can best operate.


Image: Moree Solar Farm

Read the Ramp Rates report

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GenOps Report 3: Negative pricing and bidding behaviour on the NEM

This report focuses on one of the most significant unanticipated changes in the NEM since ARENA first invested in the LSS portfolio: the increasing prevalence of negative pricing events in the spot market.

This report provides analysis to help understand some of the impacts an increasing renewable share has had on energy markets and the behaviour of market participants.


Image: Lake Bonney Wind Farm


Read the Negative Pricing and Bidding Behaviour report 


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Join us at the DEIP Public Forum 

The Distributed Energy Integration Program (DEIP) forum is on next Tuesday, 5 October 2021 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (AEDT). You can still register for the forum using the link below.



New to the Knowledge Bank this month

Battery storage

This summary highlights the early lessons learnt for the Low-Voltage Grid Battery Energy Storage Systems Trial project being undertaken by United Energy.

Bioenergy / Energy-from-waste

This final report on the Australian Biomass for Bioenergy Assessment Project discusses project outcomes, data continuity, challenges and lessons, and recommendations.

Concentrated Solar Thermal

This report provides a case study on the integration of rooftop solar thermal technology into Echuca Regional Health’s Hospital.

Distributed Energy Resources

This is the final Knowledge Sharing Report for Evoenergy’s DER Integration and Automation Project.

This guide, developed by the DER Integration API Technical Working Group, aims to assist organisations involved in the Australian electricity network with the deployment, monitoring and orchestration/active management of DER.

This document provides a summary of discussions held on 12 July 2021 at a workshop focused on national regulatory and policy design issues relating to Dynamic Operating Envelopes.

These reports outline key insights from AEMO’s Virtual Power Plant Demonstrations, recommendations for next steps, and the experience of consumers.

Electric Vehicles

This report discusses lessons learnt from the first few months of ActewAGL’s realising Electric Vehicle-to-grid Services trial.


This final report for CSIRO’s Methane Fuel Carrier Project describes the project, the activities undertaken, outcomes achieved and key lessons.

Pumped Hydro Energy Storage

This report outlines lessons learnt during the financial close process on Genex’s Kidston Pumped Hydro project.

Renewables for Industry

This presentation summarises the work undertaken by the Australian Industry Energy Transitions Initiative (ETI) as at June 2021.

Solar PV R&D

These reports from Intelligent Energy Systems focus on the theoretical and practical bases for a specific implementation of Frequency Deviation Pricing, known as Double-Side Causer Pays.

This report shares information on UNSW’s project targeting reduced solar cell cost, achieved by improving the efficiency with which they convert sunlight into electricity.

This final report provides updates on the VPPx market rollout, technical learnings and customer insights.

This report is the first knowledge sharing report for Mirvac’s Net Zero Energy Homes project.

Two Knowledge Sharing reports for UNSW’s Development of Beyond 20% Efficiency Kesterite Solar Cells project.

These reports outline the challenges and the lessons learnt from the design and construction of the Lord Howe Island solar PV/battery microgrid system.

This report is the second Lumea (Transgrid) Knowledge Sharing report for the TransGrid; New England Renewable Energy Zone – Pilot for commercial development of transmission structure project.

Wind energy


This report discusses the ability of an existing wind farm to deliver FCAS into the market, and will support the business case for current and future participants seeking to participate in this market.

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