For several reasons I’ve updated my view of how daily aggregate Underlying Electricity Consumption has been trending across the NEM in this ‘Year of COVID’.
Spurred by a number of concurrent requests I’ve returned to the pattern of prior analysis of Q2 prices (completed in 2016, 2017 and 2018) to look at what’s changed for Q2 2020 that’s just ended. Some stakeholders clearly taken by surprise. Analysis includes the SWIS in Western Australia
Here’s an attempt to translate the concern underlying the AER Issues Paper into ‘plain English’ via the popular song.
In the midst of winter, it would be easier to forget the stresses that the NEM encountered over the prior summer 2019-20. Thankfully, the Australian Institute of Energy has arranged for this discussion for next Friday 17th July.
Marcelle uses the latest release of ez2view (v126.96.36.1995) to further investigate the impact of low dispatch prices in QLD on Saturday July 4 2020.
Some quick reflections on a day that saw spot prices in QLD down below $0/MWh for most of the period seeing strong daylight hours, hence strong injections from rooftop PV systems.
During another week that showed signs of the challenges facing all generators (new and old) in relation to spot prices for energy, invitations were delivered for discussions that will happen on 15th July.
Prompted by what I’d seen in the (daily) periodic cycling of aggregate wind production recently, I took more of a look at what’s been apparent over time.
It’s not a surprise to me to see that someone (the AER in this case) has released an Issues Paper canvassing options for changing the way Semi-Scheduled generators interact with the dispatch process. Not a surprise, as our prior analysis suggests the current approach is not sustainable or scalable.
SwitchDin’s Joseph Kassouf examines the real-world challenges of coordinating control of rooftop solar inverters.
Several stakeholders within the DER industry have come together to publish a best practice guide specifying the data required to enable aspects of the next iteration of our electricity network. Our guest author, Stefan Jarnason of Solar Analytics, writes about the need for real time DER data and explains aspects of the guide.
There’s much to consider in today’s publication from the AEMO – which looks in detail at the many challenges they faced through summer 2019-20.
A brief look at what’s been happening at Bald Hills Wind Farm – over the 18 months since January 2019, but most particularly in the past couple weeks where output has dropped down near zero.
My understanding is that the AEMC’s Final Rule relating to the push to implement a ‘Negawatt Dispatch Mechanism’ will be released in the morning. I wonder what the implications will actually turn out to be…
Yesterday evening (Tue 9th June 2020) saw an example of ‘dunkelflaute’ across the NEM. It’s a phenomenon we will see increasingly as the transition progresses, so it’s something we should be seeking to understand, and address, with real world solutions and not rose coloured glasses.
Ronald Brakels looks at the state of the home battery market and reflects on how past predictions of its evolution look in hindsight.
Yesterday I received a call from the people at PV Magazine who were preparing for the ‘Virtual Roundtables Europe 2020’ event on this week in Germany – i.e. Tuesday evening…
Just over 4 months have passed since the release of the Generator Statistical Digest 2019. We take a look back at some of the compliments and comments we’ve received and seen from a variety of people who have accessed their copy of the GSD2019.
The University of Queensland’s project team that was involved with the installation and operations of their 1.1MW Tesla battery presented a webinar and exhaustive Q&A on the first results of the project.
A quick look at the two units tripping at 13:33 on Sunday 7th June 2020, and some earlier operational problems the day before (perhaps unrelated).