Author Archives: Paul McArdle

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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The solar component of the Gullen Range Power Station started operation on 14th September

Quick look at how Gullen Range solar has gone, since it started on 14th September.

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Here’s two odd examples being used in attempt to justify a claim of why privatisation will lead to higher spot prices

Reading an article in the Courier Mail on Saturday I was struck by the use of two particularly odd examples to support a case for retention of government ownership of electricity generation.

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A selected (and evolving) chronology of the QLD Government’s involvement in the QLD Generation sector

Here’s a chronological record of key aspects of government involvement in the generation sector within Queensland.

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Comparison between Liddell Power Station (in NSW) with Muja A&B Power Station (in WA)

Some quick thoughts about the comparison being made by others between two ageing coal-fired power stations (Liddell power station in NSW and the Muja A&B stations in the SWIS of WA)

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Initial questions about the LGC market

Our first look at trended LGC production (aggregated by state/territory) and LGC spot prices (monthly average), now possible in NEMreview v7, generates a number of questions…

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Why is wind production being curtailed (or “dispatched down”, more strictly speaking)?

It was inevitable that Semi-Scheduled plant would start to experience times when they are dispatched down. It’s a big prompt to take next steps up the learning curve.

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Analytical Challenge – determining “what might have otherwise been?”

One of the challenges in analysis is to even be conscious of the need to ascertain “what might have otherwise been”.

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