Australia’s wind farms operated at capacity factor of nearly 50% in July – more than some coal generators, and double that of gas plants.
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Last week, wind energy provided 14.2% of demand in eastern states, and renewables overall provided more than 30%. The share of coal and gas fell sharply.
Wind energy operates near full capacity for last three days, with record output across eastern states, and accounting for nearly 2/3 of South Australia’s needs.
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