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Releases at Hume Dam tweaked to stabilise grid

Nov 07, 2018 - Australian Financial Review

The Murray Darling Basin Authority and Meridian Energy Australia have started a new trial aimed at avoiding summer price spikes and blackouts by targeting water releases from Hume Dam at times when solar power is waning and grid demand surging.

If the trial succeeds, the practice of managing water releases to better stabilise the grid could be applied to other dams and become a more powerful tool for integrating wind and solar energy into the grid, Meridian chief executive Ed McManus said.

"By releasing more water at times of the day with peak electricity demand we will make better use of the Hume Dam to generate electricity when it is most needed, with no impact to downstream water users," Mr McManus said. "More electricity supply at peak times has the potential to lower wholesale p...