SA flattening the RE curve

At 7 the wind in SA contributed 19 MW to the demand of 1.3GW (1.4%)  blowing at 0.8% of capacity. Most of the supply came from local gas with 280MW from coal burners in Qld (via NSW) and hydro in Tasmania (via Vic).

NEM: 1.GW for 20GW demand (5.5%) at 16% capacity.

Watch for yourself through the day.  The Anero wind supply page. Amazing volume of information by % capacity and MW delivered from every windfarm in the NEM, with State figures.  See the tabs at the bottom of the display.

People who want to be addicts can start on the main page and get access to all the above information for every kind of provider – coal, gas, hydro etc.


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10 Responses to SA flattening the RE curve

  1. Herodotus

    It is remarkable how “hydro from Tasmania” is now smiled upon to such an extent that the mendicant nature state is now spoken of as a possible “battery for the nation”.
    We recall how public opinion was battered into shape and the Franklin and Gordon Rivers were declared no go zones. They had to remain pristine, no dams allowed.
    That campaign was indeed a watershed for Bob Brown and gave immaculate conception to the Greens. We’ve watched with increasing concern as the tree huggers of those days morphed in a fabian fashion to become the watermelons of today.
    Despite the enormous success of the Snowy scheme of the 1950s and 1960s, and the belated recognition that more hydro in Tassie might have a higher purpose, hydro power has been banned on the mainland just as effectively as has nuclear.
    We live not so much in “interesting times” as in The Age of Stupid.

  2. V

    It actually dropped to zero output in SA between 8am-9am.

    How good are renewables!!!!!

  3. bollux

    Rafe, you will have to ratchet up the hysteria and get the media on board before the government shuts down anything.

  4. Shut everything down and renewable energy can be viewed as another success story for Australia.

  5. min

    Looking onto Melbourne city from my terrace zilch wind less sun and drizzly weather.
    Just maybe when this is all over they will need the subsidy money.
    BTW with lots of emissions closed down what is the temperature doing ?

  6. yarpos

    You dont really believe power generated in QLD appears in SA do you? The point that renewables of all kinds can reduce to zero when you need it most is well taken and often made. The point is that nobody in authority cares and they will spend billions (South Australia style) propping up the whole stupid house of cards.

  7. DaveR

    Maybe coronavirus-decimated industry will result in much lower power demand once restrictions are lifted, resulting in more pressure on “base load” coal fired stations forced to operate as swing suppliers?

    But then, maybe the Govt will be forced to stop all renewable subsidies (which are unnecessary) to repair a budget decimated by employer handouts?

  8. But then, maybe the Govt will be forced to stop all renewable subsidies (which are unnecessary) to repair a budget decimated by employer handouts?

    More likely that government will allow the renewables industry to charge more than they do now and regain most of the handouts via GST.

  9. Cynic of Ayr

    I’m no electrical engineer, but it’s beyond me how they manage all these fluctuating ins and outs without something blowing up.
    However, I do have a little knowledge, and one fact is that to have a current flow between two points, the voltage has to be different. Ohm figured that out a good while back. It must be a nightmare to have a higher voltage at one end, and everything is working, then the wind stops, and the voltage drops, and the current flows the other way?

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