Some thoughts about challenges with intermittent solar PV, triggered by this week’s Solar Eclipse in North America
The recent demise of start-up retailer, Urth Energy (suspended from the market by the AEMO on 1st February) was an unfortunate development on this path of the energy transition.
To clarify a quotation today in the Fairfax media about solar PV performance on heatwave Friday in NSW.
Looking at 13th, 14th and 15th January and the contribution of solar PV to peak demand reduction
NEM-wide demand roared to life today, for the first time this summer, with hot weather pretty much everywhere.
Hot weather drives Queensland demand higher than 9,000MW for the first time this summer – even with many people still out on holidays…
Demand rose in NSW today off the back of some hot weather
New Years Eve and New Years Day have provided 2 excellent examples of the “Duck Curve” in South Australia
A quick look at first output of Barcaldine Solar Farm – as a segue into consideration of what we see as an “audacious” 50% by 2030 ambition.
The three main flaws that put boundaries on the usefulness of all forecasting/modelling
Two slides (from BNEF and AEMO) that provide some context on the energy transition
In today’s energy sector, it is rare to get electricity networks, retailers, generators and system controllers in the same room at the same time. In a deconstructed market about to be transformed by distributed energy, how will decisions be made around how it is dispatched?
A starting list of factors that I’d look further into, if I was sucked into the “rabbit hole” of assessing all of the contributing factors leading to the Remarkable Prices seen in Q2 2016 – and which could continue into the future.
Cast your mind back 15 years to 2016. You probably don’t remember this, but 15 years ago people still debated whether the growth of distributed energy would fundamentally transform the Australian electricity system.
A comparison of the output of the two different estimates now available for aggregate state-wide output from small-scale solar PV systems – the ARENA-funded APVI method, and a new method from AEMO
One scenario holds that the price of energy supply might drop to the point where it is effectively free. Here’s some of what we’re thinking about…
Quick notes about how solar PV is helping to moderate peak demand (but some considerations relating to using rules of thumb about its effect).
A quick look at large-scale solar data for the NSW region, with the recent addition of Moree Solar
Back on 8th October, I spoke at All Energy in Melbourne on this topic. Given the questions posed after the session, it seemed that it might be of value to some WattClarity readers if I narrated over the top of the presentation and included it here, for future reference.
A quick look at how ramp rates would vary (for “Unserved Consumption”) in the hypothetical “10x” high intermittency grid.