Queensland demand tops 8,300MW – but NEM-wide it fizzles


With this post being made as a cooling thunderstorm rolls through “thunderstorm alley” (a.k.a. the Brisbane Valley) we review today and see that the demand in Queensland reached 8,371MW (at 14:50) and yet the NEM-wide demand did not break even the very modest 25,000MW level at any time during the day.

As shown in this snapshot from NEM-Watch from 15:05 (when the QLD demand was 8,348MW and the spot price above $1,500/MWh), lacklustre demand in the south kept the NEM-wide demand in check:

2014-01-06-at-15-05-NEM-Watch

No joy (yet?!) for the bulls in our “peak demand forecaster competition” who’re on the upper end of forecasts for what the peak demand will be this summer.


PS – In the 65 minutes since that snapshot was taken, the Queensland demand has dropped about 400MW – which, we presume, is mostly a result of the cooling temperatures, though storm-related loss of supply in the Energex and Ergon distribution areas will also have contributed.

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Paul McArdle
One of three founders of Global-Roam back in 2000, Paul has been CEO of the company since that time. As an author on WattClarity, Paul's focus has been to help make the electricity market more understandable.

1 Comment on "Queensland demand tops 8,300MW – but NEM-wide it fizzles"

  1. Seem like old times with the Qld Government owned generators gaming the market!

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