In the 21st century, renewable energy is poised to deliver an important new tool to support economic growth, help to create jobs and build a stronger economy.
The National Energy and Climate Change Authority (NECCA) is now seeking to provide an energy definition for the future.
The agency is working on a blueprint that will provide an overarching framework for the energy landscape.
The proposed framework would provide a framework for identifying what energy technologies will provide value for the nation and how the national energy system will adapt to future developments.
The draft framework would be an ‘energy landscape’, or a framework to help governments, business and industry take an informed decision about how to implement the latest energy technologies.
The blueprint will outline how the current energy mix will change, and how future technologies will impact the energy supply and demand system.
This will include a view of the transition to a more sustainable energy system and how energy systems can adapt to changing energy markets and climate change.
The NECCA will conduct a range of stakeholder consultations with energy experts, businesses and communities, including the National Energy Council (NECA) and the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).
The draft blueprint is due to be published in the Federal Register on October 3, 2020.
Key elements of the blueprint include: The National Infrastructure Strategy will be the blueprint’s title.
It will lay out a strategy for managing the nation’s infrastructure in the 2130s and 2030s, and will provide a baseline for energy policy decisions, as well as identifying priorities for infrastructure investments and improvements in the future, and creating policies to help meet these needs.
It is expected to outline how national energy infrastructure can be made more resilient to climate change, increase productivity and drive economic growth.
It also will provide detailed descriptions of the roles and responsibilities of state and territory governments, the federal government, and the Commonwealth to ensure energy security and energy security for all Australians.
The framework will also identify the role of the Federal Government, which will be tasked with developing and implementing a National Infrastructure Plan, an overarching national energy strategy, for the 2150s.
The plan will identify what energy systems will provide more value for consumers and the economy, and identify priorities for investment in the national electricity network and transmission network.
The proposal will also provide a roadmap for the transition from coal-fired power stations to cleaner energy and energy efficiency, and for transitioning to renewables.
A review of the energy mix The NECA has already commissioned a report on the National Infrastructure and Infrastructure Security Review, which looks at the current state of Australia’s electricity infrastructure and the transition, from coal to renewables, to energy efficiency.
The report will be released in March 2021.
It identifies how the National Electricity Market (NEM) will respond to changes in electricity prices and how electricity generation and distribution systems will adapt, including through the use of technology such as distributed generation, and by integrating renewables into the grid.
The review is being conducted by an independent consulting company, NECA.
The findings of the NECCA review will be used to inform future national energy policy, which is expected in 2020.
The energy mix blueprint will also consider how the government will meet its renewable energy targets in the coming years.
A new framework for planning and developing national energy The NECCA will conduct further stakeholder consultation on the draft energy landscape, and this will take place during the coming months.
The process will involve a range the public and stakeholders.
The public will have the opportunity to provide input through the NECCAs website and a stakeholder briefing to be held at the NEC Canberra office in March 2020.
More information will be available at the site, www.nationalenergy.gov.au/national-energy-consulting-conference.
It has also established a ‘National Energy Council’ that will review the draft framework and provide recommendations to the NEC in the near future.
It aims to produce a final blueprint for national energy by the end of 2021.
Key recommendations for national policy A new national energy framework will be developed to provide a basis for future national policy, and it will provide guidance on the development of national energy policies for the foreseeable future.
National energy policies must reflect a range and complexity of considerations that include: the importance of protecting and supporting the national and state electricity systems, and ensuring that the supply of energy is maximised and that there is a safe and stable energy system for the Nation; the importance and value of the use and storage of renewable energy; the ability of the Government to develop and implement a national energy plan that meets the needs of the Nation and the States and Territories, including managing the transition between coal and renewables; the need to minimise the impact of climate change on the energy system; and the need for a secure and resilient energy supply system that supports economic growth and development.
The new framework will include an ‘intergenerational view’, which will seek to identify the needs and priorities of the community for energy generation and supply, as part of