NT Solar Farms set to bear the cost of delayed electricity regulations

Renew Economy reported on the Final Decision of the Utilities Commission (UC) of the NT, which partially blamed the introduction of strict new regulations for new energy generators as the unwanted product of delayed decision-making by the NT Government.

The new Generator Performance Standards (GPS) requires new generator projects to achieve one of the hardest asks for variable renewable energy sphere:

  • demonstrate a high level of ability to predict future generator output in the future, or
  • demonstrate that they can alleviate supply shortfalls with the use of batteries.

Whilst the UC largely agreed with the measures outlined in the GPS by Power and Water Corporation, Renew Economy also reports industry qualms that the requirements unfairly disadvantages new solar production projects, requiring them to have battery supplies capable of supplying 80% of the generator’s maximum output for at least 30 mins.

Read the Renew Economy report here. The full Final Decision by the Utilities Commission of the NT can be found here.

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