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UCL Australia creates a resources optimisation model for electricity system in South Australia

2 August 2013

Professor Anthony Owen, Emeritus Professor of Energy Economics at the International Energy Policy Institute, University College London, Australia, presented at the 32nd IAEE North American Conference in Anchorage, Alaska on:

‘An Optimal Portfolio of New Power Generation Technologies: An illustration for South Australia’.

Overview of the presentation

The levelised cost of generating electricity is the conventional methodology for comparing the individual MWh cost of a range of electricity generating technologies for new entrants. However, for practical purposes it is necessary to apply this methodology in the context of the existing technology portfolio in order to achieve least cost expansion planning. In addition, for intermittent technologies the value of the power plant will depend on the extent to which it can provide electricity during the high price “peak” periods. Further, the electricity system may value dispatchable power plants that can respond quickly to unpredictable changes in demand as well as maintaining the reliability of the system on a least-cost basis. 

This study develops a resources optimisation model for the electricity system in South Australia (SA), which is one of five interconnected regions that form Australia’s National Electricity Market (NEM), under a range of assumptions regarding fuel and carbon prices in the context of feasible power generation technologies over the next 20 years. 

View the An Optimal Portfolio of New Power Generation Technologies presentation

Read the full paper on An Optimal Portfolio of New Power Generation Technologies

About the speaker

Prof. Owen is Emeritus Professor of Energy Economics at UCL Australia’s International Energy Policy Institute. 

Ms Ntasha Berry graduated from University College London, Australia in 2012 (MSc in Energy and Resources: Management). She was awarded the Torrens Prize for academic achievement.