Australia’s energy systems need to be decarbonised as a matter of urgency. This transition will require nationally coordinated action to modernise Australia’s electricity grid.
Ensuring the security and reliability of Australia’s electricity sector while addressing Australia’s
emissions reductions goals will not be without cost. However, when considering the risks and
externalised costs posed by network failures and the threats of climate change, ATSE believes that
the cost of not transitioning will be higher in the long run.
The existing grid is not sufficient to support this transition. Modern technology and innovative
engineering solutions will help to optimise the operation of Australia’s future grid. ATSE believes that
the following technologies will play important roles in maintaining the security and reliability of the
modern grid as it achieves higher penetrations of variable renewable energy:
To accommodate the rapid pace of technological change, governments should apply principles of
technology neutrality and let different technologies and solutions compete based on their technical and
ATSE supports the work being undertaken by the Independent Review into the Future Security of the
NEM and recommend governments commit to its recommendations. Australia will need ongoing
independent expert guidance and leadership to support the energy sector’s transition in the years
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