Generation

South Australia: take a ride on the electricity price roller coaster

Observers of Australia’s National Electricity Market (NEM) would be forgiven for thinking the era of high prices has left us for the time being (at least until the next coal plant closes). A minor dampening of demand from COVID and a more significant one from a mild summer has coincided with growing renewables on our …

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Walking a political tightrope

The impending closure of the Yallourn power station poses a major reliability problem for Victoria. After Hazelwood in 2017, it will be the second of the state’s four giant brown coal generators to close. That’s the withdrawal of more than 3000 megawatts of dispatchable generation, and the emissions that go with them. Victorian Energy Minister …

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Renewable target slowed by constraints: regulator

The pace of renewables growth in Australia is being slowed by delays in getting new generation connected and increased curtailment of existing generation due to grid constraints. The Clean Energy Regulator’s (CER) December 2019 quarterly report has downgraded renewables output for 2020 to between 35,000 and 37,000 GWh as the pace of new renewable investment …

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