Public Lecture: Keeping the green lights on – Professor Pierluigi Mancarella

Keeping the green lights on: Power systems flexibility and security in a low- carbon National Electricity Market
When: Tuesday 10 October 2017, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: Theatre 1, 207 Bouverie Street, Parkville, VIC 3052
Registrations for this event are now closed.

The need to fight climate change is leading to the development of low-carbon power sources such as wind and solar. However these sources are more variable and unpredictable, requiring greater flexibility in the overall system. At the same time, these new sources are economically displacing conventional generators powered by fossil fuels which are the traditional providers of system flexibility.

The key question therefore arises as to whether and how, in a low-carbon power system, we will be able to provide system security and flexibility. The National Electricity Market (NEM) is already undergoing significant challenges, with the September 2016 South Australia state-wide power outage (“Black System event”) being a textbook example. In this respect, the Finkel Review has looked into strategic solutions to system security issues.

Join Professor Pierluigi Mancarella in this Dean’s Lecture to explore these issues. Drawing from the Melbourne Energy Institute’s security assessment studies that he led for the Finkel Review, Professor Mancarella will present the key techno-economic features to deal with low-carbon power system operation. He will also discuss the role of smart grid technologies and outline how changes in system architecture and integration of multiple energy sectors could “keep the green lights on” and contribute to solving the “energy trilemma”: ensuring our energy supply is affordable, secure and meets our environmental responsibilities.