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Power station ‘trips’ are normal, but blackouts are not

Understanding the difference between blackouts, generator trips and intermittent generation and how these events are managed.

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Grandfathers Axe or Low Hanging Fruit?

Upgrading our existing coal thermal fleet to increase efficiency and flexibility could provide a cost-effective opportunity to add dispatchable capacity and lower the overall carbon intensity of our electricity sector.

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Third peak Scheduled Demand in Queensland in 3 days - 9,924 MW at 16:50 Wednesday 14th February

A new peak Scheduled Demand and Operational Demand in Queensland today with Scheduled Demand still over 9,100 MW after 8 PM.

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Queensland region sees a new record peak Scheduled Demand – at 18:50 on Monday 12th February

Queensland experienced a new record for Scheduled Demand for electricity today – but what’s particular staggering is how late in the day it happened!

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Available Generation reduction across Loy yang A and Loy Yang B over Sunday evening was only 420MW

A brief look at the numbers with the temporary coal supply issue affecting Loy Yang A and Loy Yang B overnight

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High electricity demand forecast for Queensland – on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week

Looks like being an interesting day on Wednesday next week (14th February 2018) with high temperatures currently forecast for parts of both QLD and NSW

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Victorian demand rises above 9,000MW – which (in combination with other factors) leads to a volatile day in the southern regions

On a day when high temperatures drove demand in Victoria above 9,000MW (and NEM-wide demand above 30,000MW) we saw some price volatility – with prices in VIC and SA up around $14,000/MWh

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Queensland’s Scheduled Demand for electricity topped 9,000MW today (Wed 31st Jan) for the first time in summer 2017-18

Electricity demand in Queensland today reached 9072MW in the 16:40 dispatch interval, passing 9,000MW for the first time this summer.

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Sunday 28th January sees Victorian electricity demand (Scheduled, and Operational) above 9,000MW

Yesterday (Sunday 28th January) saw electricity demand (both Scheduled and Operational) above 9,000MW in the heat. Others have noted this was the highest-ever non-working day demand in Victoria, but I have not delved in detail.

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Villain #3 – those at either extreme of the Emotion-o-meter

It seems to us that the people at either extreme of the Emotion-o-meter are causing this energy transition to see-saw off the tracks. For this reason they are Villain #3.

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