Monthly Archives: December 2016

Christmas 2016 in South Australia

The Christmas holiday period was quite eventful in the state of South Australia, first of all there was a collapse of wind power on what may be the hottest day of the summer (41.3C at Adelaide Kent Town on Christmas … Continue reading

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Comments on the Finkel Report

This post documents some commentary on the “Finkel Report” for the Australian government on the future security and market operation of the NEM electricity system of Eastern Australia, available here: http://www.environment.gov.au/energy/national-electricity-market-review The Finkel Report is part of a consultation, and … Continue reading

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The Future of Electricity Generation in South Australia

This post discusses the future of non-wind electricity supply in the state of South Australia, as it further expands its already substantial wind power sector. As wind power capacity increases the total energy supplied by other sources reduces, but on … Continue reading

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Tasmanian Electricity System Status Report #02

This post gives a status report for Tasmanian electricity, six months after the restoration of Basslink, with the relatively dry season underway. The news is good for both Tasmania and the NEM, the hydro storage reservoirs have been replenished by … Continue reading

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South Australia Blackout Sept-28 2016

This post presents electricity data for South Australia, leading up to and including the state-wide blackout on 28th September 2016. The 5-minute data available to the public is insufficient to allow any conclusion to be reached about the cause of … Continue reading

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South Australia Blackout Dec-01 2016

This post presents the electricity data for South Australia (SA) for the days leading up to a localised blackout that occurred there in the early hours of 1st December 2016. The data suggests that there was an interruption to the … Continue reading

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South Australia Blackout Risk

Summer is coming to the state of South Australia, an area located between a furnace (the interior) and a freezer (Antarctica and the Southern Ocean). When the furnace dominates the weather there can be heatwaves lasting several days, with maximum … Continue reading

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