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Article: Decoding AEMO’s latest ESOO–will the lights stay on this summer?

Some initial analysis by our guest author, Allan O’Neil, about what AEMO’s Statement of Opportunities 2017 is saying in terms of this coming summer 2017-18

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Article: What does “Unserved Energy” actually mean – a brief explainer

A brief explainer of what “Unserved Energy” (or USE) actually means, in the context of the AEMO “Electricity Statement of Opportunities 2017” (ESOO) released this week.

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Article: August Update: Regulatory Responses to Pricing Concern

Some thoughts from guest author, Connor James, about “what’s next” in response to energy user concerns about high and escalating prices.

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Article: Cloud patterns on Friday 19th May 2017 – leading to a day of low Solar PV output, NEM-wide

Following Wednesday’s article by Paul McArdle on WattClarity, we’ve reviewed the (very cloudy) weather patterns for Friday 19th May 2017, and the accuracy of Solcast’s predictions of a day of low solar PV output

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Article: Cost Confusion

Our guest author, Allan O’Neil, posts an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of an increasingly popular metric – the LCOE (or Levellised Cost of Energy)

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Article: Energy Supply Disruption – Understand the Customer Drivers

The energy supply industry is now a case study of major disruption and this is causing chaos. We are now witnessing the simultaneous high prices in electricity and gas – importantly at the commodity level – not network driven this time – although that just changed with the AER loss – more petrol on the fire.

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Article: More about wind output and AEMO’s intervention in South Australia 25-26 April

A closer look at AEMO’s actions during a period of high windfarm output in SA last week

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Article: Adding a Slice of Cheese

The South Australian Blackout of 28th September 2016 is not as simple as it looks.

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Article: A sudden series of SA spikes

Tight import limits on the Heywood interconnector and a lull in wind output saw price volatility return to South Australia earlier this week

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Article: NEM FCAS causer pays factor issues for wind and solar farms

Generators used to consider the Australian National Electricity Market (NEM) FCAS causers pays factors (CPF), used to allocate FCAS regulation costs across the market, as an obscure and unimportant technically challenging curiosity. Since 2014, the cost of FCAS regulation services for generators has increased from just under $5 million per year to greater than $60 million for 2016 and now has the attention of all of the generators, especially if their portfolio includes generation assets in regions with a lack of FCAS regulation providers and high prices such as South Australia.

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