Windwatch report 4 June. Wind crashes to 1% of demand and negative in Victoria

Update this evening, at the peak of demand between 6 and 7 and the sun off duty. The wind edged up to 10% of installed capacity to provide 740MW that was 2.5% of demand. Coal and gas kicked in 82% and hydro 15%.

At 9pm wind has improved to reach 3.6% of demand but Victoria is still in the red, draining 5.7MW from the grid, not a huge amount of power I suppose as long as the coal clunkers keep going to provide it.

Interesting wind today, after roaring winds on the weekend and into Monday a decline started on Monday and after a meandering downhill run the supply bottomed at 3pm this afternoon at 3.2% of installed capacity and 250MW. That was 1% of the demand, surely close to a record!

In Victoria, the new wind leader for installed capacity (2.77GW) the contribution was negative after 12.15 (-5.6MW  at 2pm) and it was still negative at 7pm.

Tasmania, the battery of the nation, was being charged at 2.00 but has since turned around and is delivering to Victoria that is the usual state of affairs.

Trouble in the solar paradise of Queensland as well.

As Paul McArdle of WattClarity saysthe NEM* is becoming increasingly dependent on the weather

Saturday week ago in Queensland was cold enough to break records. Brisbane “only” made it up to 17.9C (64F). It hasn’t been that cold there in May for 40 years. At the same time a band of cloud covered the populated slice of the state.

The cloud cover meant all the large solar “farms” in Queensland — with a total rated capacity of 1.7GW — produced only 79MW as an aggregate average daily output.

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9 Responses to Windwatch report 4 June. Wind crashes to 1% of demand and negative in Victoria

  1. stackja

    Dan to use hot air next?
    Source? Don’t ask.

  2. Bruce

    Negative wind in Victoriastan?

    Does that mean that the place REALLY SUCKS?

  3. Does that mean that the place REALLY SUCKS?

    Only Melbourne and especially Spring St, that place is a vacuum.

  4. Rafe Champion

    The wind is not negative, there is just not enough to generate power but the windmills have onboard equipment that requires power and many of them keep turning to look useful and keep the birds from perching on the blades. Or something.

  5. Lee

    Does that mean that the place REALLY SUCKS?

    The premier and his whole rotten government certainly does!
    I never voted for them.

  6. I understand that a coal mine is unacceptable in Queensland, but a solar farm that would cover 100 times the land area would be quite OK. The same for wind farms.

  7. John A

    bemused #3474583, posted on June 4, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    Does that mean that the place REALLY SUCKS?

    Only Melbourne and especially Spring St, that place is a vacuum.

    That is, despite the hot air emanating from the State Cabinet at a rate to rival the Latrobe Valley.

    Next infrastructure project in the Bash and Rape Initiative: Cooling Towers over Parliament.

  8. Mark M

    Melbourne … the gateway to Tasmania.

  9. Professor Fred Lenin

    So the black lives matter mob didnt increase the windpower output , mmmh thats surprising ,they were noisy enough . Just shows wind is moody and unpredictapble ,ordinary wind works protest wind doesnt?
    Theres a Phd in the research on this phenomenon .

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