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Making wind energy dispatchable energy

Our CEO, Andy Vesey announced a new product to give wind energy a way in which it can be contracted.

Richard Wrightson
Richard Wrightson
06 April 2018

Today our CEO, Andy Vesey announced a new product to give wind energy a way in which it can be contracted. That’s a big deal because the big problem for renewables is that energy generation is unpredictable, and that’s meant you can’t promise it will be available as a part of a forward contract.

The announcement of the National Energy Guarantee got us thinking though, how could we best provide dispatchable energy which also reduces emissions intensity, at least cost?

While the NEG has its detractors, we’ve been trying to think through how we can make it work, and with a little innovation we think it can.

We didn’t want to wait for the NEG to be finalised so on Wednesday we offered a new product in South Australia and Victoria. It’s called a Wind Product Firming Unit and is listed by High Voltage Brokers via Reuters.

It means a wind farm can contract with us so that when they produce less energy than their forecast capacity and prices are high, we will give them the energy at the spot price, so they can still honour their contract.

We think it’s innovative and we think innovation is the only way to make a successful transition to a carbon constrained future.