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Category: South Australian Government

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Rooftop solar provides  48% of South Australia power, pushing grid demand to record low

Rooftop solar provides 48% of South Australia power, pushing grid demand to record low

Rooftop solar meets 48 per cent of South Australia electricity demand, likely a world record, as the state’s minimum demand hits a record low.

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S.A. puts energy security target on back-burner after AEMO steps in

S.A. puts energy security target on back-burner after AEMO steps in

South Australia abandons plans for energy security target this summer after AEMO intervention on gas plants, and due to lack of competition in market.

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South Australia launches tender for hydrogen plant, buses

South Australia launches tender for hydrogen plant, buses

SA govt seeks proposals to build hydrogen production facility and refuelling station, and supply at least six hydrogen cell buses.

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AEMO explains caution on S.A. wind: We're first in the world

AEMO explains caution on S.A. wind: We’re first in the world

AEMO explains caution of grid operations in South Australia, saying it is way out front of rest of the world and in virgin territory. But there is debate on grid weakness is due to wind farms or ageing gas units with the wrong settings.

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Graph of the day: South Australia's "baseload" wind supply

Graph of the day: South Australia’s “baseload” wind supply

Wind energy has supplied a constant output of 1200MW over last three days in South Australia – just like “baseload”

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Gas and hydro get big $ in energy markets, solar and wind paid less

Gas and hydro get big $ in energy markets, solar and wind paid less

Hydro and gas generation get higher half hourly prices than coal in Australia’s energy market. Wind & solar PV take a discount.

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How Tesla's big battery can smash Australia's energy cartel

How Tesla’s big battery can smash Australia’s energy cartel

Regulator report cites seven different occasions where Australia’s big energy players used market power to push up prices nearly 100-fold. No wonder South Australia has pushed for Tesla big battery, which is likely to be able to smash this cartel, despite being derided by the Coalition.

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Will wind and solar be penalised by baseload hysteria?

Will wind and solar be penalised by baseload hysteria?

AEMO report will be critical to design of policy and market rules, but wind and solar industry fear they are going to be unfairly penalised, when it is the fossil fuel fleet causing much risk to the energy system.

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S.A. calls tender for "next generation" renewables and storage

S.A. calls tender for “next generation” renewables and storage

South Australia seeks bids for “next generation” of renewable energy technologies, including “firming” capacity for wind and solar projects, bulk energy storage, and bio-energy.

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Why solar towers and storage plants will reshape energy markets

Why solar towers and storage plants will reshape energy markets

More details emerge of the contract for the Port Augusta solar tower and storage project, and why it means huge change for energy markets, and a shift of focus from “base-load” fossil fuel to clean, flexible capacity built around “base-cost” renewables.

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Graph of the Day: Higher SA wind output, lower wholesale power prices

Graph of the Day: Higher SA wind output, lower wholesale power prices

Unlike yesterday’s chart on gas, today’s graph shows wind has the opposite effect – more output takes power prices lower.