A new collaboration between the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has been announced by the Minister for Energy Angus Taylor.
The agreement between the government and two organisations is aimed at better operation of Australia’s energy system by managing the impact of weather and climate conditions on Australia’s energy demands.
The partnership will involve the sharing of weather and climate data to better inform both short and longer-term decisions about the efficient management of the domestic energy industry, on the premise that weather directly affects Australia’s energy demands.
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The new partnership builds on a program of work already underway that leverages the expertise of both agencies. Since March 2017, a senior bureau meteorologist has assisted AEMO’s control room to prepare for weather events such as extreme heat.
In addition, Bureau data is delivered to AEMO to support its operational decision-making. Bureau scientists regularly provide briefings about anticipated climate conditions across Australia that could have an impact on energy supply and demand.
The collaboration will explore the potential to help the energy sector take advantage of enhanced solar and wind information, as well as analyse past climate data to help the sector make decisions about how to further develop Australia’s energy infrastructure.
AEMO has already warned that it expects this summer to be a challenging one for energy supply in its 2018-2019 Summer Readiness Plan.