On Monday the 13th of November 2023, the AEMO held its annual Summer Readiness industry briefing.
The session included presentations from Weatherzone, the AEMO, Transgrid, and Fire Rescue Victoria, covering the following topics:
- Weather and climate outlook
- Electricity & Gas System Readiness
- Network Readiness
- Victorian Bushfire Readiness
The image below shows one of the opening slides from the AEMO’s presentation, which provides a brief summary outline of the Summer 2023/24 outlook compared to Summer 2022/23.
The presentations from the session can be found on the AEMO website here.
Media commentary about the briefing
Below are news articles reporting on insights from the briefing session, that I came across from a brief scan:
Sydney Morning Herald
Mike Foley wrote “How electricity officials plan to minimise blackouts this summer”
David Carroll wrote “AEMO confident renewables can counter extreme demand”
Giles Parkinson wrote “AEMO prepares for extreme El Nino summer, but at least it has more battery storage”
El Nino reaches strong intensity
In related news, the ABC are reporting this morning that the current El Nino has reached ‘strong intensity’, with forecasts pointing to continued warming to peak through December and January. Tom Saunders, ABC Meteorologist, stated:
“According to the latest NOAA monthly diagnostic report there is even a possibility this El Niño could rival previous super events, including the record strong El Niños of 1997/98 and 2015/16.”