SA energy plan: Australia’s largest battery, return of the state-owned power plant

BREAKING: The South Australian government has announced a new energy plan to stabilise supply — by building a battery, going it alone, ditching reliance on the national energy market operator, and the return of state-owned power plants.

Aiming to give the state greater local control of its energy security, the government will incentivising local exploration for more gas supplies to feed new generation, and funding projects to make renewable energy available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to power the state when it is needed.

The state will explore next-generation renewable storage technology. $150 million will go towards the project, initially with a grid-connected battery with a capacity of 100 megawatts — the largest in Australia. Elon Musk put up his hand, via Twitter, but the government hasn’t ruled anyone in or out.

Other large-scale projects under consideration in South Australia include solar thermal, biomass, hydrogen energy and pumped hydro.

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