The recent performance of wind and solar in South Australia – 63 per cent of consumption – dispels a few myths around renewables and makes a nonsense of the proposed National Energy Guarantee.
New study finds smarter electricity network regulation would improve reliability, reduce emissions and cut power bills for energy users.
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.
Total emissions from electricity generation in the year to February 2016 showed a slight uptick from the relatively slow growth seen over the past few months.
Japan’s power-sector transformation continues with a 2.7 per cent decline in electricity demand over 2015.
2015 saw continued growth in total electricity generated in the NEM and also a modest increase in total emissions.
Melbourne Cup caused NSW demand to “fall off a cliff”, down 1,000MW in minutes. But the grid coped fine, as it can with supply changes.
Another study points to the role of solar PV in the recent heat-waves. All peaking power plants were only required for just one hour.
Placing an upper limit on a household’s connection to the grid may not be as effective in reducing peak load as some suggest.