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Following up, with a top-down (NEM-wide) look at daily solar production (small and large) through 2017

Following on from my earlier post about my own experiences as a small power generator (with solar PV at home), I’ve taken a broader look at solar PV production NEM-wide, including over the corresponding “stormy weather” period of October highlighted in the prior article.

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What's the market data saying about this Summer?

Guest author, Allan O’Neil, follows up a post in September (reviewing what the AEMO’s ESOO was saying about summer 2017-18) with this review of updated data

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Some initial musings about my own Rooftop Solar Learning Exercise

There’s already been a large uptake of distributed energy generation data, and there promises to be much more to come in this energy transition. With this comes some significant challenges – along with opportunities (with respect to the electricity production itself, and also in terms of the data that’s produced). So in the interest of doing things better, here’s a detailed look at our own rooftop solar experiences at home.

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Analytical Challenge – avoiding Recency Bias

Flagging the ongoing challenge of not extrapolating from recent performance to infer that “things” will always be that way.

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The two, SA Government-owned, “Emergency Generators” produce first power whilst commissioning

The two emergency generators provide first power to the South Australian grid.

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No Guarantee of Success

Our guest author, Allan O’Neil, poses a number of questions about the recently proposed “National Energy Guarantee” (NEG)

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Possibilities of Peak Demand (VIC and SA) during summer 2017-18

Our guest author, Rob Davis, looks at what might emerge for summer 2017-18 given the La Nina outlook, and prior distributions of Cooling Degree Days for Victoria and South Australia

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Villain #2 – we, the voting public

My sense is that we, the voting public, are Villains #2 in running the energy transition train off the tracks.

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Villain #1 – our Emperors (present, past and would-be) have no clothes

First up in our listing of Villains in relation to the unfolding energy crisis are, of course, our political leaders – State and Federal, past, present and prospective.

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A long list of Villains – that have each contributed to our “energy crisis”

A multi-layered energy crisis is upon us. I’ve identified 10 “root causes” (or “villains”) that have each played key roles in the way in which our energy transition has run off the rails.

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