The roles of energy networks in providing a sustainable delivery of the ACT Government's target for net zero emissions

Bellew, David (2021) The roles of energy networks in providing a sustainable delivery of the ACT Government's target for net zero emissions. [USQ Project]

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The ACT Government has a policy of net zero emissions from the ACT by 2045 (ACT Government 2019). This means the removal of emissions generated by consumption of natural gas is actively in focus with a preferred option being the elimination of gas from the city’s future.

The engineering studies to support the strategy are, predictably, focused on energy - the generation of which currently is a source of greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, the decarbonisation strategy is supported by conversion to heat pump technology and use of embedded generation to avoid impacts on the grid (Energetics and Cadence Economics 2018). Reinforcing this are Government subsidies to help migrate the community away from gas and into a combination of heat pumps, embedded renewables and battery storage.

An awareness of generating electrical energy from renewable resources permeates Australian society but information on the rate of consumption (known as demand) does not appear to be a topic in general literature. In particular, linkages to the role of the electricity network and it’s capability to manage potentially significant changes in demand is limited, hence forming the basis of this research project.

This dissertation analyses the ACT energy consumption and explores technology alternatives (heat pumps, induction cookers) to derive forecast consumption of and rate of delivery - demand - for an all-electric city. The ability of the grid to deliver this increased demand and the potential support from embedded renewables was then investigated.

In addition, green gas options have been explored to allow an understanding of the relative value of options that are not high profile or well understood within the community.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Helwig, Andreas
Qualification: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Electronic)
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2022 03:36
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2023 23:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australian Capital Territory, net zero, emissions, climate change, decarbonisation, mitigate

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