A year after I first spoke about “Villains” playing a role in the train wreck of our energy transition, I’ve finally found some time to post about Villain #4.
Returning to the theme of analysis of Q2 prices (completed in 2017 and 2016 due to Q2 historically being an uneventful period) we see that prices have backed off from the “off the charts” level of 2017, but are still much higher in all regions than most other regions. In some cases results are second worst in 20 years.
An advertisement seen on TV in recent days from a (relatively) new entrant in the energy sector reinforces, to me, the need for the energy sector more broadly to do a much better job of respecting its prospective customers.
Understanding the difference between blackouts, generator trips and intermittent generation and how these events are managed.
Upgrading our existing coal thermal fleet to increase efficiency and flexibility could provide a cost-effective opportunity to add dispatchable capacity and lower the overall carbon intensity of our electricity sector.
Some quick calculations performed today to help me try to understand what the future might hold, in terms of battery storage (given I’ve been asked to talk batteries today at the National Consumer Roundtable on Energy).
Following on from my earlier post about my own experiences as a small power generator (with solar PV at home), I’ve taken a broader look at solar PV production NEM-wide, including over the corresponding “stormy weather” period of October highlighted in the prior article.
My sense is that we, the voting public, are Villains #2 in running the energy transition train off the tracks.
First up in our listing of Villains in relation to the unfolding energy crisis are, of course, our political leaders – State and Federal, past, present and prospective.
A multi-layered energy crisis is upon us. I’ve identified 10 “root causes” (or “villains”) that have each played key roles in the way in which our energy transition has run off the rails.
Guest author, Andrew Bonwick, posts his thoughts on a range of challenges confronting us in this energy transition.
The wholesale cost of electricity has risen (too fast, too high) in recent years. However let’s not let ourselves be conned into believing that this has arisen, now, because of the creation of the NEM back in 1998.
Some thoughts about challenges with intermittent solar PV, triggered by this week’s Solar Eclipse in North America
A few thoughts about how energy users (including each of us) are the main victims in the unfolding train wreck that’s become of this energy transition off the rails.
A timely reminder from Rod Sims (at the ACCC) this week that there are a number of factors driving electricity price higher – not just a single “smoking gun”
An energy crisis (like a train wreck) is upon us.
A collection of articles about this energy transition
A year on from my review of “remarkable” prices seen in Q2 2016, I return to the same analysis and update for Q2 2017. Outcomes are even more extreme…
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.
A record of the closure of Hazelwood this week – and some initial thoughts on the implications