An investigation of the impacts of increased power supply to the national grid by wind generators on the Australian electricity industry (2012–2015)
Significant increases in Australian power generation using wind are planned for the coming years. This project will answer urgent questions concerning the capability of the existing power grid to cope with a volatile source of supply, required grid modifications, impacts on the national electricity market (NEM), the
optimal placement of wind farms, impacts of carbon pricing and the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target
(LRET). This is, necessarily, an interdisciplinary project involving economists, electrical engineers and
climate scientists with very strong support from the wind generators. A coherent government policy to phase
in renewable energy in a cost effective manner will not be possible without high quality research of this kind.