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.
For the first time since the Coalition dumped the carbon price, energy combustion emissions fell in June 2016.
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.
Australia’s emissions fell slightly in June, thanks to increased hydro, wind and solar power, but remain 5.7 per cent ahead of last year.
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.
Just when falling electricity demand was becoming an accepted fact in Australia, it is over. There is now enough data to say unequivocally that demand is on the way up again.
The risks to Tasmania’s energy supply continue to mount. The state should upgrade the electrical energy efficiency of buildings and equipment used for winter heating by homes and businesses.