In today’s energy sector, it is rare to get electricity networks, retailers, generators and system controllers in the same room at the same time. In a deconstructed market about to be transformed by distributed energy, how will decisions be made around how it is dispatched?
A starting list of factors that I’d look further into, if I was sucked into the “rabbit hole” of assessing all of the contributing factors leading to the Remarkable Prices seen in Q2 2016 – and which could continue into the future.
Cast your mind back 15 years to 2016. You probably don’t remember this, but 15 years ago people still debated whether the growth of distributed energy would fundamentally transform the Australian electricity system.
A comparison of the output of the two different estimates now available for aggregate state-wide output from small-scale solar PV systems – the ARENA-funded APVI method, and a new method from AEMO
One scenario holds that the price of energy supply might drop to the point where it is effectively free. Here’s some of what we’re thinking about…
Quick notes about how solar PV is helping to moderate peak demand (but some considerations relating to using rules of thumb about its effect).
A quick look at large-scale solar data for the NSW region, with the recent addition of Moree Solar
Back on 8th October, I spoke at All Energy in Melbourne on this topic. Given the questions posed after the session, it seemed that it might be of value to some WattClarity readers if I narrated over the top of the presentation and included it here, for future reference.
A quick look at how ramp rates would vary (for “Unserved Consumption”) in the hypothetical “10x” high intermittency grid.
Continuing our analysis of these hypothetical future scenarios to understand the shape of “unserved energy” and hence the potential contribution of Demand Response – today I post about energy spilled in a future with high intermittent generation supply.
A quick look at how the Nyngan solar plant stepped up its output over the weekend, reaching full load.
Nigel Morris talks through his recent presentation at the EUAA forum in Brisbane about the ups and downs of Australia’s “solarcoaster” ride
Royalla solar farm (opened 6 months ago) now has metered generation data published by AEMO – here’s the first view.
Completing our walk-around-the-NEM, today we look at peak demand in Queensland over summer 2014-15
Quick notes about three types of solar PV systems, at University of Queensland’s Gatton Solar Research Facility.
The Nyngan large-scale solar PV plant started production in March – but, as shown here, large-scale solar has a lot of catching up to do to match current levels of small-scale solar PV production.
Some initial analysis of the interplay between wind and solar in Australia’s National Electricity Market
Being first-of-a-kind (at least for which AEMO publish data) it’s worth noting that Nyngan solar farm has commenced operations.
Another high demand day yesterday (Thu 19th March) in Queensland – here’s a record
A synopsis of one of the challenges facing the electricity sector – and a suggested solution