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Articles by Paul McArdle

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Graph of the Day: Queensland's biggest solar farm powers up

Graph of the Day: Queensland’s biggest solar farm powers up

The first 50MW of Genex Power’s Kidston solar and “giant water battery” project has started sending electricity to the grid. Here’s what that looks like.

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A forensic look at Queensland's mid-summer electricity price surge

A forensic look at Queensland’s mid-summer electricity price surge

A closer look at the extraordinary price volatility that marked “sizzling Saturday” in Queensland and sent electricity prices soaring.

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About the looming potential closure of Hazelwood power station

About the looming potential closure of Hazelwood power station

A closer look at Hazelwood Power Station as murmurs of its potential closure grow louder.

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Ararat wind farm begins production in Victoria

Ararat wind farm begins production in Victoria

As part of the ACT Government’s push towards its “100% Renewables” target, commercial production has begun at Victoria’s new Ararat wind farm.

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Hornsdale Wind Farm starts up at time in South Australia when every MWh matters

Hornsdale Wind Farm starts up at time in South Australia when every MWh matters

Here’s a quick trend in the output of Hornsdale Wind Farm compared with the aggregate output of all wind farms across South Australia..

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The opacity of distributed, small-scale solar PV output

The opacity of distributed, small-scale solar PV output

The rise of intermittent generation supplies being injected into the NEM has brought some different versions of the same challenges facing electricity system operators.

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What will 'demand' look like on a renewables-heavy NEM?

What will ‘demand’ look like on a renewables-heavy NEM?

What role might demand response play in a future where intermittent renewables generation supplies a higher percentage of energy to the NEM?

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Why South Australian wind farms generate more, but earn less

Why South Australian wind farms generate more, but earn less

A further look at the idiosyncrasies of wind in South Australia.

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Australia sets another wind record as output tops 3,200MW

Australia sets another wind record as output tops 3,200MW

Australian wind energy sets new record of more than 3,200MW at midnight on Saturday.

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Queensland’s peak demand very close to a new record

Queensland’s peak demand very close to a new record

Queensland’s peak demand at near record highs, and may have set new record were it not for distributed small-scale solar PV.

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Wind Peak Production climbs – linearly over 5 successive summers

Wind Peak Production climbs – linearly over 5 successive summers

Wind production climbs towards the 3,000MW mark.