Author Archives: Paul McArdle

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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If I were going to perform an objective review of what happened last Thursday 18th and Friday 19th, here’s a couple things I would look into…

A starting list of all the factors I would like to delve into, in order to perform an objective review of what happened last Thursday and Friday in Victoria and South Australia

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AEMO dispatches Reserve Trader into a boiling Victorian region on Friday 19th January 2018

Reserve Trader dispatched

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AEMO announces intention to (possibly) intervene in Victoria for Friday 19th January (by invoking Reserve Trader)

AEMO announces the possibility of dispatching “Reserve Trader” tomorrow to address a forecast tight supply/demand balance.

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