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Australia wind energy’s record day of production in August

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Australia set a new record for wind energy production on August 16, producing an average 3,629MW over one 30 minute settlement period to the National Electricity Market (which doesn’t include W.A. or the Northern Territory

The record, noted by Hugh Saddler in The Australia Institute-sponsored monthly update of emissions and energy supply, meant that wind energy counted for more than 17 per cent of total grid demand.

The following day (August 17), Saddler notes, the combined share of wind and hydro generation in total grid level NEM generation reached 25 per cent of grid level sent out generation, just at the time of evening peak.

Earlier in the day, total renewable generation, including rooftop solar, reached over 30 per cent of total generation, large and small, across the NEM.

Over the month, total renewable energy generation share across the NEM was 18 per cent, with Victoria a net importer of electricity from South Australia, reversing the more usual pattern of net exports. In August, Victoria in turn was a net exporter to NSW, underlining the case for a new inter-connector from SA to NSW.

  

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  • Ian

    This is a very good effort and we look foreword to many more renewables records tone broken.

  • David Rossiter

    Hugh keep up the good work renewables have come a long way and this publicity is vital for informing the general public (voters) as clearly the Government has no idea what seems to make sense. Using a clapped out baseload Liddell power station as a peaking plant is crazy. Electricity generation facts are important in informing everyone. Tasmania has essentially run on around 100 percent renewables for over forty years, so why not most of Australia with pumped storage and battery back up to even out supply and demand.

  • Rikvdk

    why show a graph of June, when the record was in August?

  • Rikvdk

    or perhaps the text means June 17?