Total wind generation in Australia’s south-eastern states was greater than gas for the first time in May 2015, a record-breaking month.
Australia’s NEM emissions rose in May after the share of coal generation increased to 75.3 per cent, the highest level since January 2013.
Wind energy smashed many records in Australia last week, and contributed more than 20% of demand in the south-east states.
Wind generation increased in the year to April 2015 to new record of 9.18TWh, or 5.25% of NEM generation. Brown coal generation in Victoria also increased.
Carbon emissions from Australia’s generators continue rise after repeal of carbon price, while demand in WA continues its fall.
Australia charts an increase in annual emissions from fossil fuel consumption for the year to September 2014, as electricity emissions turn sharply upwards.
Black and brown coal generation has continued to grow since the carbon price was dumped, and so has demand, particularly from households.
Australian electricity emissions have quickly reversed course following the dumping of the carbon price, less hydro and more coal.
The carbon price repeal has immediate impact – causing demand and coal generation to rise. Meanwhile, ramped gas and rampant solar keep push electricity prices in Queensland to new lows.
As the carbon price turns 2, data shows total electricity demand has fallen 4.6% since June 2012, emissions by 10.4%, or 18Mt CO2-e.