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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Some perspectives on events last Thursday and Friday

Some observations about the events across Victoria and South Australia of Thursday 18th and Friday 19th January 2018.

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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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Tight supply/demand balance forecast for SA, VIC and TAS on Thursday and Friday

With high temperatures forecast for Thursday and Friday, here’s a quick look at what might be in store…

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Friday 12th January saw high instantaneous wind output in South Australia (but not quite a new record)

Prompted by a tweet referencing our RenewEconomy-sponsored NEMwatch Widget, we have a quick look at all-time peak instantaneous aggregate wind output in South Australia

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Hot in Queensland today (Saturday 13th January 2018 with high demand, and volatility) but hotter still tomorrow

A quick review of a hot and sticky day in Queensland that saw high levels of demand reached on a Saturday – with demand peaks tomorrow forecast to be just as high (on a Sunday!). Today saw the first major price spikes in the Queensland region of summer.

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