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Dropping demand and plunging prices: Can you have too much of a good thing?

Dropping demand and plunging prices: Can you have too much of a good thing?

The fourth quarter of 2020 saw the NEM reach lowest average demand since Q4 2001 – with SA and Victoria’s spot prices hitting record lows. Are customers benefiting from the price suppression effects of renewable energy generation? Or is the market telling us a different story?

BY Ben Skinner Feb 18 2021
A fresh challenge: How to account for zero or negative demand?

A fresh challenge: How to account for zero or negative demand?

The continued fall in minimum demand levels to new record lows in South Australia is raising a new challenge for the market.

BY Carl Kitchen Dec 03 2020
Rewiring the nation or rewinding the nation?

Rewiring the nation or rewinding the nation?

On 8 October the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, made his reply to the Federal Budget. In it the ALP proposed a $20 billion policy entitled “Rewiring the Nation”. Is this a good idea? We take a look.

BY Duncan MacKinnon Oct 22 2020
Smoke on the solar: The impact on generation

Smoke on the solar: The impact on generation

The extreme weather conditions that led to massive bushfires occurring on both Australia’s south east coast last summer and across California more recently has had a dramatic and far reaching impact on people and communities.

BY Carl Kitchen Oct 15 2020
Getting hydrogen on your own supply

Getting hydrogen on your own supply

If you Google “technology roadmap”, in the ‘People also ask’ section there’s a question, “What is the purpose of a technology roadmap?” That seems a good place to start.

BY Hamish Fitzsimmons Sep 24 2020
Power station upgrades in the time of COVID-19

Power station upgrades in the time of COVID-19

COVID-19 has thrown up a range of challenges – some well understood, others still emerging. For the energy sector, the safety of its workforce and contractors is paramount, so minimising the risk of COVID-19 spread has been a daily focus since the pandemic began. At the same time, with energy an essential service, the industry has ensured this intense focus on workforce safety has not resulted in interruption to energy supply.

BY AEC Sep 24 2020
The energy market: A sensible place to stimulate the economy?

The energy market: A sensible place to stimulate the economy?

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen major shifts across the globe, with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg warning that the shadow of the economic shock will be profound and long-lasting.

BY Ben Skinner May 07 2020
DER: Does WA’s roadmap set the right direction?

DER: Does WA’s roadmap set the right direction?

Last week Western Australia released a Distributed Energy Resources Roadmap that seeks to set out a framework to allow the further development and integration of DER into the South West Interconnected System over the next five years.

BY Graham Pearson Apr 09 2020
NEM demand in the time of COVID-19

NEM demand in the time of COVID-19

Australia’s COVID-19 response, with lockdowns between and within the states, means many of the nation’s economic activities have encountered new challenges, with many people working from home with commercial premises empty.

BY Carol Tran Apr 09 2020
(Energy in a time of COVID-19) Do we need a reliability hair trigger?

(Energy in a time of COVID-19) Do we need a reliability hair trigger?

On Friday 20 March the COAG Energy Council met and considered reliability and security in the National Electricity Market. Were its conclusions well-founded, or did the teleconference result in it being divorced from the realities of the energy market and the consumers who are at its mercy?

BY Duncan MacKinnon Mar 26 2020
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