Meeting the Clean Energy Demand in Australia


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Meeting the Clean Energy Demand in Australia: Interview with: Andrew Krotewicz, Executive General Manager Asset Strategy, CS Energy, a speaker at the marcus evans Power Generation APAC Summit 2012, on meeting the demand for cleaner energy sources.

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Meeting the Clean Energy Demand in Australia

  1. 1. Meeting the Clean Energy Demand in Australia energy alternatives, such as domestic Program. The Kogan Creek Solar Boost and commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) Project is a large scale solar thermal generation and other government policy addition to our largest and newest coal- instruments. This is driving wholesale fired generating unit, the Kogan Creek market prices to below market entrant Power Station near Chinchilla in South prices and the full cost of recovery, while West Queensland. The coal-fired Kogan production and fuel costs continue to Creek Power Station is a 750 megawatt increase at or above inflation rates. supercritical unit that will be supplemented by up to 44 megawatts of In Australia, there is a strong demand solar generated steam in peak solar for generation from cleaner sources conditions. driven primarily by a national compulsory target to achieve 20 per cent The project will use AREVA Solar’sInterview with: Andrew Krotewicz, renewable generation by 2020 and by Australian-pioneered Compact LinearExecutive General Manager Asset the introduction of a price on carbon Fresnel Reflector (CLFR) technology toStrategy, CS Energy from 1 July 2012. The initial price of provide a direct supply of steam into the AUD 23 per tonne of carbon dioxide unit feed heating system. represents a cost for most coal-fired“In Australia there is a strong demand generators in Queensland that is How can the reliability of assets befor generation from cleaner sources,” comparable to or greater than the cost increased?says Andrew Krotewicz, Executive of fuel.General Manager Asset Strategy, CS It is a significant challenge to maintainEnergy. This demand is driven by a high levels of plant reliability in a costnational compulsory target to achieve 20 restrained environment that continues toper cent renewable generation by 2020 be driven by an unfavourable tradingand by the introduction of a price on outlook. We have introduced five majorcarbon, he adds. Opportunities for programmes which aim to address plant performance issues while also managingA speaker at the marcus evans Power operating and capital expenditure.Generation APAC Summit 2012,taking place in Macao, China, 3 - 5 improvement need One of these programmes is the AssetDecember, Krotewicz discusses powerasset management, employee safety to be constantly Management project which aims to restore the balance away from correctiveand meeting the demands of Australia’s maintenance to asset management byelectricity market. pursued through reviewing and improving preventative and proactive maintenance strategies.Is the power generation demand inAustralia growing? refreshed and Does plant safety need to beThe major challenge currently faced by reinvigorated improved?Queensland generators, as distinct from Many improvements have been made toother regions in Australia’s NationalElectricity Market, relates to significant approaches work practices, safety management systems and environmental workoversupply of generation, which is conditions, all of which have seen a vastcurrently more than 30 per cent. improvement in safety performance in Australian generators over the last twoOver the past five years, the average decades. However, opportunities forsystem demand has effectively remained CS Energy has invested in the Kogan improvement need to be constantlyflat with only small increases in peak Creek Solar Boost Project, which has pursued through refreshed anddemand. The slowing of demand growth also received funding support from the reinvigorated approaches to make safetyis being driven by both direct financial Commonwealth Government’s front of mind for all staff, supervisorsincentives for the rollout of renewable Renewable Energy Demonstration and managers alike.
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