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As of 2011, electricity producers in Australia were not building gas-fired power stations, [3] while the four major banks were unwilling to make loans for coal-fired power stations, according to EnergyAustralia (formerly TRUenergy). [4] In 2014, an oversupply of generation was expected to persist until 2024. [5] However, a report published in 2017 by the Australian Energy Market Operator projected that energy supply in 2018 and 2019 is expected to meet demands, with a risk of supply falling short at peak demand times. [6]

From 2003 to 2013 real electric prices for households increased by an average of 72%. Much of this increase in price has been attributed to over-investment in increasing distribution networks and capacity, and environmental policy impacts. Further price increases are predicted to be moderate over the next few years (2017 on) due to changes in the regulation of transmission and distribution networks as well as increased competition in electricity wholesale markets as supply and demand merge. [7] Renewable [ edit ]

Wind power is a mode of production of renewable energy in Australia. Wind power is a rapidly expanding mode of renewable energy production in Australia with an average annual rate of growth in installed capacity of 35% over the five years up to 2011. As of December 2017, there were 4,455 megawatts (MW) of installed capacity and a further 18,823 MW of capacity was proposed or committed. [10] In 2016, wind power accounted for 5.3% of Australia’s total electricity demand and 30.8% of total renewable energy supply. [11] At the end of 2016 there were 79 wind farms in Australia, most of which had turbines from 1.5 to 3 MW. [11] [12] In addition, 16 projects with a combined installed capacity of 1,861 MW are either under construction, constructed or will start construction in 2017 having reached financial closure. [13] [ better source needed]

Wind power in South Australia has 36.9% of Australia’s wind power capacity, accounting for 40% of the state’s electricity needs as of 2016 and the first year in which wind power was the leading source of electricity in the state. [14] By the end of 2011 wind power in South Australia reached 26% of the State’s electricity generation, edging out coal-fired power for the first time. At that stage South Australia, with only 7.2% of Australia’s population, had 54% of Australia’s installed wind capacity.

Victoria also has a substantial system, with just under 30% of the Australia’s capacity as of 2016. [11] In August 2015, the Victorian government announced financial backing for new wind farms as part of a push to encourage renewable energy in the state, which was expected to bring forward the building of a modest 100 MW of new wind energy in the state, worth $200 million in investment. The government expected that there were about 2400 MW worth of Victorian projects that had been approved but were yet to be built. [15] Solar power in Australia [ edit ]

Solar power in Australia is a growing industry. As of December 2017, Australia had over 7,024 MW of installed photovoltaic (PV) solar power, [16] of which 1,190 MW were installed in the preceding 12 months. In 2017, 23 solar PV projects with a combined installed capacity of 2,034 MW were either under construction, constructed or due to start construction having reached financial closure. [13] PV accounted for 2.4% of Australia’s electrical energy production in 2014/15. [17]

Feed-in tariffs and renewable energy targets designed to assist renewable energy commercialisation in Australia have largely been responsible for the rapid increase. In South Australia, a solar feed-in tariff was introduced for households and an educational program that involved installing PVs on the roofs of major public buildings such as the Adelaide Airport, State Parliament, Museum, Art Gallery and several hundred public schools. [18] In 2008 Premier Mike Rann announced funding for $8 million worth of solar panels on the roof of the new Goyder Pavilion at the Royal Adelaide Showgrounds, the largest rooftop solar installation in Australia, qualifying it for official "power station" status. [19] South Australia has the highest per capita take up of household solar power in Australia.

The installed PV capacity in Australia has increased 10-fold between 2009 and 2011, and quadrupled between 2011 and 2016. The first commercial-scale PV power plant, the 1 MW Uterne Solar Power Station, was opened in 2011. [20] Greenough River Solar Farm opened in 2012 with a capacity of 10 MW. [21] The price of photovoltaics has been decreasing, and in January 2013, was less than half the cost of using grid electricity in Australia. [22]

The National Electricity Market (NEM) is an arrangement in Australia for the connection of the synchronous electricity transmission grids of the eastern and southern Australia states and territories to create a cross-state wholesale electricity market. [28] The Australian Energy Market Commission develops and maintains the Australian National Electricity Rules (NER), which have the force of law in the states and territories participating in NEM. The Rules are enforced by the Australian Energy Regulator. The day-to-day management of NEM is performed by the Australian Energy Market Operator.

The NEM began operation on 13 December 1998 and operations currently includes Queensland, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. [28] Western Australia and the Northern Territory are not connected to the NEM. [28] The NEM comprises five regions, with the ACT being in the NSW region. Tasmania joined the NEM in May 2005 and became fully operational on 29 April 2006 when the Basslink interconnector was fully activated. [29] The Snowy region was abolished as a region on 1 July 2008 and the components split between New South Wales and Victoria [ citation needed]. The Northern Territory has adopted parts of the National Electricity Law, with the Australian Energy Market Commission becoming the rule maker for the Territory for parts of the National Electricity Rules from 1 July 2016. [30] Western Australia is also considering adopting parts of the NER. [30]

The NEM operates the world’s longest interconnected power systems between Port Douglas, Queensland and Port Lincoln, South Australia with an end-to-end distance of more than 5000 kilometres, and 40,000 circuit kilometres [ citation needed]. Over A$11 billion of electricity is traded annually in the NEM to meet the demand of almost 19 million end-use consumers. [31] [32] New South Wales accounts for about 25% of NEM.