AEMO holds 2023-24 Summer Readiness Briefing on November 13th 2023

On Monday the 13th of November 2023, the AEMO held its annual Summer Readiness industry briefing.

The session included presentations from Weatherzone, the AEMO, Transgrid, and Fire Rescue Victoria, covering the following topics:

  • Weather and climate outlook
  • Electricity & Gas System Readiness
  • Network Readiness
  • Victorian Bushfire Readiness

The image below shows one of the opening slides from the AEMO’s presentation, which provides a brief summary outline of the Summer 2023/24 outlook compared to Summer 2022/23.

The presentations from the session can be found on the AEMO website here.


Media commentary about the briefing

Below are news articles reporting on insights from the briefing session, that I came across from a brief scan:

The Guardian

Peter Hannam wrote “Renewables predicted to avert risk of blackouts as scorching summer looms for Australia


Jane Norman wrote “Australia at heightened risk of blackouts this summer with ‘extreme’ demand for power pushing grid to the brink

Sydney Morning Herald

Mike Foley wrote “How electricity officials plan to minimise blackouts this summer

PV Magazine

David Carroll wrote “AEMO confident renewables can counter extreme demand


Giles Parkinson wrote “AEMO prepares for extreme El Nino summer, but at least it has more battery storage

The Australian

Colin Packham wrote “Australia’s energy system can handle extreme summer if system holds up, market operator concludes”


El Nino reaches strong intensity

In related news, the ABC are reporting this morning that the current El Nino has reached ‘strong intensity’, with forecasts pointing to continued warming to peak through December and January. Tom Saunders, ABC Meteorologist, stated:

“According to the latest NOAA monthly diagnostic report there is even a possibility this El Niño could rival previous super events, including the record strong El Niños of 1997/98 and 2015/16.”

About the Author

Dan Lee
Dan Lee first started at Global-Roam in June 2013. He has departed (and returned) for a couple of stints overseas in that time, but rejoined our team permanently in late 2019. More recently, Dan's focus has been on growing his understanding of the market and developing his analytical capabilities. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Sustainable Energy program at the University of Queensland.

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