Author Archives: Stephen Hurn

Queensland Energy Forum

As was mentioned in a previous post the topic which was most topical was the topic of increasing distribution network charges. The Queensland price increase proposals have not been approved yet, but based on the history of New South Wales, there is a widespread expectation that they will get approved.

Price Spike in NSW and QLD 26th November 2009

Yesterday afternoon at 2pm NEM time the price in QLD and NSW spiked.  As you can see in this screenshot of NEM-Watch (click for a larger view), the Victoria to NSW interconnector was constrained to 386 MW, which was down from 1029 MW in the 1:55pm dispatch period. This had the effect of driving prices […]

The North Queensland Energy Forum

The North Queensland Energy Forum is an annual conference held in Townsville for the discussion of energy related issues. The forum started off with a welcome dinner and networking event on Monday evening. The food was good and the company interesting. The meat and potatoes of the event arrived on Tuesday where sixteen different speakers presented topics as diverse as nuclear electricity generation to distribution network operations to sugar cane based cogeneration plans.

Rising Energy Prices, More Than Meets The Eye

Over the past two days I have attended the annual Energy Users Association of Australia conference, in which I have heard a number of speakers from various walks of life talk about issues that are relevant to large energy users.

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