On 10 July 2011, the Australian Government announced its plan for a Clean Energy Future.
As part of this plan, the government asked the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) to expand its planning scenarios to prepare for greater use of renewable energy. This included further consideration of energy market and transmission planning implications of moving towards 100 per cent renewable energy.
The former Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency commissioned AEMO to undertake a study and report on potential 100 per cent renewable electricity generation scenarios in the National Electricity Market (NEM) for 2030 and 2050. The final report contains:
- scenarios for a 100 per cent renewable electricity supply at 2030 and 2050
- the generation plant and the major transmission networks required to support each scenario
- the estimated capital cost requirements for each scenario based on today’s dollars, and
- an indicative estimate of the impact on customer energy prices.
In undertaking this study, industry, academia and other stakeholders were engaged.
- The scope of the study is available in the scoping document.
- A forum on the input assumptions for the modelling was held on 28 September 2012 following the publication of a paper outlining the inputs.
- The input assumptions paper was finalised in late September 2012.
- The draft executive summary and draft final report were finalised in late April 2013.
- A forum was held on 2 May 2013 following the release of the draft report to test the draft findings.
In order to improve the access to a wider range of audiences, the Department has prepared a non-technical Community Summary of the report.
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