Shell Energy to power NSW Government with battery project and electricity contract

We’re investing in new technologies and projects that will support our customers through the energy transition and create pathways to net-zero emissions. Providing products and services that help large energy users decarbonise is a key focus for us in assembling the building blocks of a lower-carbon energy system in Australia.

Contributing to a lower-carbon and more resilient power system in NSW

The partnership includes a 10-year 1.8TWh p.a. retail electricity contract covering large sites and 15,000 smaller NSW Government sites including schools, community and medical facilities. It also includes a 60MW/120MWh Battery Energy Storage System, developed by Australian-owned renewable energy and storage company, Edify Energy.

Battery Energy Storage System

In Australia’s journey to a lower carbon energy future, capacity building or firming assets such as batteries will be critical to ensuring grid stability.

The Riverina Energy Storage System 1 is a 60MW/120MWh battery, located in the Riverina region, near Darlington Point south-west of Griffith, NSW.

Shell Energy was pleased to select Edify as its battery energy storage partner in this collaborative approach and has entered into a long-term agreement with Edify to access operational rights to the 60MW battery. Edify designed and developed the project and will oversee construction of the battery.

The Riverina Energy Storage System 1 is one of three independent but co-located projects on the site. Further information can be found on Edify’s website.

Partnering with government and industry is key to solving complex problems in the energy transition.

"Shell Energy has always been committed to providing the NSW Government with the very best customer service in the industry and is even more pleased to be delivering innovative power solutions that bring investment and contribute to a cleaner and more resilient power system in NSW."

Discover more

  • Why battery energy storage?

    The Riverina Energy Storage System 1 is an example of how Shell Energy is helping large energy users access more and cleaner energy to reach their emissions goals. Batteries offer another source of dispatchable power generation that complements the intermittency of renewables and supports reliability and stability within the market.

  • Size and energy production

    Shell Energy has entered into a long-term service agreement with Edify to offtake 60MW of the battery and dispatch through our wholesale trading operations. The battery will provide 120MWh of storage capacity, providing grid stability services and supporting the dispatch of electricity during high demand periods and storing energy during periods of low demand or when solar and wind generation is high.

  • Location and timeline

    The battery will be located in the Riverina district in south-west NSW. Construction of the Riverina Energy Storage System 1 will commence in 2022 and is expected to be completed in 2023.

Glossary

      • Energy Storage System: Converts electricity from power systems and can be stored to convert back to electricity when needed.
      • Hectares: A metric unit of square measure, equal to 2.5 acres or 100 ares or 10,000 square metres.
      • Megawatts: A unit of power equal to 1 million watts.
      • Megawatt hours: A unit of power equal to 1 million watts of electricity being used for an hour.
      • Emissions: The production and discharge of natural gas or radiation.
      • Lower carbon energy system: An economy based on low carbon power sources that has a minimal output of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions into the biosphere.

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