Network Opportunity Maps, developed at the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures (UTS:ISF), illustrate areas in the grid where demand for power is forecast to exceed supply capacity. The interactive maps are hosted on CSIRO’s Data61 Australian Renewable Energy Mapping Infrastructure (AREMI) platform.

The new Network Opportunity Maps were launched at the Australian Clean Energy Summit in Sydney on 27 July.

The map data now includes geographic datasets for all network businesses in the Australian National Electricity Market (NEM) and indicates the most viable locations to invest in renewable energy, battery storage and demand management in the grid. The data will help reduce power bills by supporting the market for decentralised energy resources while optimising grid infrastructure investments.

ISF Research Director Chris Dunstan said, ‘Last year we released sample Network Opportunity Maps that presented some data from the electricity network businesses. The new comprehensive Network Opportunity Maps give a fuller and clearer picture of the opportunities for investment for the period to 2025.’

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) provided funding support for the project.

‘AREMI helps project developers and researchers find the best opportunities for renewable energy in Australia and is speeding up the transition to a low carbon energy system,’ ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said.

‘The maps also include ocean data from the ARENA-supported CSIRO wave atlas, which is a boon to our emerging wave power sector.’

See the Network Opportunity Maps at AREMI. For more background information, see the UTS:ISF website.

Sources – ARENA and UTS:ISF