The rules of Australia’s energy markets were written at a time when coal and gas were the only major options.
Articles by Hugh Saddler
Last Wednesday around 90,000 homes and businesses in South Australia were deliberately disconnected from the electricity grid for up to an hour. So why did it actually happen?
Record output from wind and hydro in October nearly matches brown coal for first time, as new data highlights how quickly renewables could reduce emissions.
Demand on NEM stayed flat in September, with a slight rise in coal generation and electricity emissions. Wind, meanwhile, reached its highest ever generation level, both in absolute terms and as a share of total NEM generation.
Critics of renewables don’t understand that a coal-fired power station and even extra link through NSW may not have avoided the SA blackout.
Australia record small drop in electricity sector emissions as renewable generation rises, but is still well above levels when carbon price was in place.
South Australia’s wind farms have been blamed for price spikes, but without them the volatility would be even worse.
In the 21 months between June 2014 – when the carbon price ended – and March 2016, energy emissions have gone up sharply.
Demand, emissions and coal generation continue to rise, extending the dramatic change in Australia’s electricity profile since the Coalition killed the carbon price.