Tag Archives: energy transition

Article: Villain #4 – the yawning gap between our Sector-Wide Aggregate “Energy Literacy” and what we require

A year after I first spoke about “Villains” playing a role in the train wreck of our energy transition, I’ve finally found some time to post about Villain #4.

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Article: Reviewing the pattern of spot prices for Q2 2018 suggests that we’re far from out of the woods, yet

Returning to the theme of analysis of Q2 prices (completed in 2017 and 2016 due to Q2 historically being an uneventful period) we see that prices have backed off from the “off the charts” level of 2017, but are still much higher in all regions than most other regions. In some cases results are second worst in 20 years.

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Article: Just because a company wears a “green halo”, that does not mean it can disrespect its potential customers [UPDATED]

An advertisement seen on TV in recent days from a (relatively) new entrant in the energy sector reinforces, to me, the need for the energy sector more broadly to do a much better job of respecting its prospective customers.

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Article: 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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Article: 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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Article: Some simple calculations to help get my head around the scale of the numbers pertaining to Battery Storage

Some quick calculations performed today to help me try to understand what the future might hold, in terms of battery storage (given I’ve been asked to talk batteries today at the National Consumer Roundtable on Energy).

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Article: 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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Article: 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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Article: 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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Article: 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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