On Wednesday 6th September many Semi-Scheduled (wind and solar) units in northern QLD were ‘constrained down’ for System Strength reasons. We take a first look as part 1 of a Case Study (more parts *may* follow).
In between other jobs today, we’ve taken a look at why the price spiked yesterday (Tue 20th April) in QLD … at an earlier time than we had become accustomed to seeing it occur in recent months.
In part 4 of this expanding Case Study of the unexpected price spike on Tuesday 13th Oct, linked to a large & sudden drop in output across 10 solar farms, we take a quick look at what happened at most of the QLD generators through this 10:00 trading period.
In part 3 of this expanding Case Study of the unexpected price spike on Tuesday 13th Oct, linked to a large & sudden drop in output across 10 solar farms, we dig deeper to explore… including wondering whether it would have been expected in advance.
Based on some preliminary analysis of the Powerlink’s ‘Qdata’ set (available in ez2view) we present our current hypothesis as to the sequence of the events yesterday in the QLD region, where 600MW of solar generation was lost, causing the price to spike to MPC.
Some conversations with new generation developers about their prospective developments in northern Queensland has prompted some analysis to help them understand the size of the addressable market for them.