Queensland state budget funds battery storage buildout 'blitz'.

Jun 27, 2022 01:20 PM ET
  • Queensland, Australia, needs energy storage and the state government has actually identified batteries as the fastest way to add it to the electricity network.
Queensland state budget funds battery storage buildout 'blitz'.
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The government stated on Friday that it is funding the rollout of 13 different large-scale battery storage projects. A state minister called a "battery blitz" which will certainly create up to 336 regional construction-related jobs.

Out of those, 12 will certainly be sized at approximately 8MWh capacity each, but state-owned companies will certainly also build a 400MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) that will be Queensland's biggest to date.

While Queensland's state budget, announced last week, consists of support for two large-scale pumped hydro plants, battery storage can be released far more rapidly, Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni said.

Greenbank, the 400MWh project, "will certainly be a game-changer in the way we run the grid and will certainly be critical for absorbing our sunshine and wind to feed right into the system when Queenslanders need it," according to deBrenni.

It will be constructed by transmission system operator Powerlink and utility CS Energy, both owned by the federal government. The project will be sited at the 275kV Greenbank transmission substation which opened in 2006 concerning 42km from Brisbane.

Powerlink stated the BESS will certainly be 200MW result alongside its 400MWh capacity, with building expected to begin following year and take around a year as well as a half to complete.

Earlier this year, CS Energy likewise committed to the deployment of a 100MW/200MWh BESS near Chinchilla, a town in Queensland's Western Downs region. That project will certainly be part of a green energy hub at the website of CS Energy's Kogan Creek coal mine as well as coal nuclear power plant alongside a green hydrogen demonstration facility.

" Including firm, fast-start generation assets to our portfolio will enable us to more effectively reply to transforming demand in the National Electricity Market," CS Energy chief executive officer Andrew Bills stated.

A feasibility research study is likewise being performed for the possibility of a 300MWh BESS project at CS Energy's Stanwell coal plant, Energy-Storage. news reported last June.

The 12 other projects discussed in a joint declaration from ministers will certainly be developed by an additional state-owned entity, Energy Queensland, which is involved in electricity circulation, retail and energy solutions. The group has already completed five various other battery storage projects.

At a current nationwide Energy Ministers Meeting, the consensus among the forum was that the distribution of even more renewables as well as storage will be the best way to minimize the impacts of worldwide energy market challenges on Australia's very own market, de Brenni claimed.

Queensland wants to increase use of renewable resource.

Queensland has historically been the highest possible emissions-producing Australian state as well as has lagged on climate policies however is targeting 50% renewable resource by 2030, paired with a 30% reduction in exhausts versus 2005 degrees already. It has already surpassed the 20% renewable resource mark.

The state has a few of the highest levels of roof solar uptake worldwide, Treasurer Cameron Dick said, and also large-scale battery projects like Greenbank "permit us to capture the energy created by Queenslanders, and also ideal use it for Queenslanders," Dick claimed.

In 2021 nevertheless, the state just accounted for simply 8% of Australia's complete battery storage market including all sectors from household to grid-scale, while it positioned 3rd for utility-scale battery storage set up capacity amongst states as of the end of last year, according to study from solar market consultancy SunWiz.

In various other advancements from Queensland, a proposal for a fossil fuel peaker plant submitted by Quinbrook Asset Management was drastically changed from a prepared 1,000 MW of gas generators to rather combine simply 150MW of wind turbines with battery storage. That modification gained the project the development authorization green light from Queensland's Planning and also Environment Court (P&E Court) in April.

The state government likewise stated earlier this month that it is placing A$ 48 million (US$ 33.2 million) into feasibility researches as well as various other growth support to proceed 2 possible new pumped hydro energy storage (PHES) plants, consisting of one at Borumba Dam tank, water treatment as well as watering facility.

This would remain in enhancement to Kidston Stage 2, a PHES plant currently under construction by programmer Genex Power-- which incidentally is additionally developing a 100MWh BESS facility along with large-scale solar as well as wind in the state-- Australia's first new PHES since the very early 1980s.

The last one developed before that, Wivenhoe pumped storage plant, is additionally in Queensland. A current report from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) located that due to severe electricity cost volatility, Wivenhoe's utilisation in Q1 2022 was 551% boosted from the very same duration last year, aiding drive record quarterly high spot market revenues for Australia's fleet of PHES plants.

" This week's budget backs nation-building, game-changing pumped hydro storage projects in Kidston as well as Borumba, but batteries are the form of storage we can enter into the network the fastest," Minister de Brenni said, highlighting that the 400MWh Greenbank BESS brings the government's commitment to buying batteries up to greater than 720MW of projects.

Queensland's federal government, led by premier Anastasia Palaszczuk as well as the Queensland Australian Labor Party, revealed its 2022-2023 state budget on 21 June, consisting of stipulations for progressive coal royalties, committing power plant operators to pay higher costs back to the state for periods of boosted revenues.

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