Author Archives: Paul McArdle

“Scheduled Demand” in Victoria stopped short of 8,500MW today (lower than forecast) but the demand peak forecast for NSW tomorrow has grown to almost 13,000MW

Demand in Victoria peaked lower than forecast today, but demand forecasts for NSW tomorrow are continuing to climb.

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High temperatures to give demand a kick in Victoria tomorrow (Wednesday 13th December)

AEMO forecasts higher demand in Victoria (and South Australia) tomorrow with the hot weather – and a slight LOR1 warning.

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Electricity demand set to climb in NSW on Thursday with the hot weather forecast

With hot weather forecast for NSW this Thursday (especially in inland areas) it’s no surprise to see that the AEMO is forecasting higher demand on the day. Linked to this there is also a slight negative (local) surplus generation forecast.

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AEMO updates generator combinations for SA system strength

AEMO has adjusted the formula (i.e. constraint equations) used to manage system strength in South Australia, which has been (since mid-2017) by constraining down the output of wind farms under certain conditions.

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Big ramp in QLD demand Thursday evening to be first time above 8000MW this summer

Queensland demand ramped up, after the sun had gone down Thursday evening, to pass 8000MW for the first time this summer

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The first stage of the Kidston Energy Park powers up

With Genex releasing an ASX announcement of first revenue at Kidston Solar Farm, we use NEMreview v7 to have a quick look.

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Unfortunately no time for a “Best Peak Demand Forecaster” competition for summer 2017-18

For reasons explained herein, we’re unable to set aside the time required to run a competition on the “best peak demand forecaster in the NEM” for summer 2017-18.

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It's complete baloney to claim that there’s “less than 1%” of peak demand in the NEM that is currently providing Demand Response

Some quick thoughts (before I run out of time) about why it’s all-too-commonly (but mistakenly) stated that there’s not much Demand Response in the NEM

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If you increase your consumption of energy at a time when average emissions intensity is low, you’re not necessarily doing a good thing for the environment

A quick note about the need to avoid focusing on average emissions intensity (for the wrong reasons) and losing sight of the fact that it’s the emissions intensity of the next marginal unit of production that should be used for making short-term consumption decisions (if the objective is reducing your environmental footprint, as an energy user).

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Hornsdale Power Reserve (a.k.a. “the world’s biggest battery”) begins to charge, and also discharges for the first time on Saturday

It’s Saturday 25th November 2017 and what is currently known as “the worlds biggest battery” has kicked into gear – charging for a couple hours this morning.

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