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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
Big battery bonanza?

Big battery bonanza?

The way 2021 has started, you could be forgiven for thinking it is the year of the big battery. Plans for the “world’s largest battery” were unveiled for the Hunter Valley, while Meridian Energy announced a battery energy storage system to be co-located with the Hume Hydro Power Station. These are just the latest in a series of big battery project announcements.

BY Carl Kitchen Feb 11 2021
Victoria’s big battery: What exactly is it for?

Victoria’s big battery: What exactly is it for?

Announced with great fanfare on 5 November, the Victorian Big Battery may not win any prizes for imaginative naming, but it’s an intriguing project for a host of reasons.

BY Allan O'Neil for AEC Nov 26 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
Renewables in the NEM: Are they leading to price extremes?

Renewables in the NEM: Are they leading to price extremes?

With the ongoing growth of renewables in Australia there has been speculation of the overall impact this will have on an energy-only market like the NEM and in particular, its potential influence on spot prices.

BY Carl Kitchen Aug 20 2020
REZs: Can they overcome the prisoner’s dilemma?

REZs: Can they overcome the prisoner’s dilemma?

Last week the NSW Government announced its intention to expedite plans for the state’s second REZ in New England.

Preparing for the Consumer Data Right: Balancing opportunity and risk

Preparing for the Consumer Data Right: Balancing opportunity and risk

With the Consumer Data Right underway in the banking sector, attention has now shifted to getting the energy sector CDR-ready.

BY Rhys Thomas Jul 16 2020
South Australia faces solar trade off

South Australia faces solar trade off

The latest assessment of the implications of South Australia’s successful uptake of renewables, and rooftop solar PV in particular, reads like a thriller with plenty of twists.

BY Carl Kitchen Jun 25 2020
Marginal Loss Factors: The state of play in Australia

Marginal Loss Factors: The state of play in Australia

Intra-regional loss factors, also known as Marginal Loss Factors, represent the transmission losses within each of the five regions of the NEM. MLFs depend on factors such as the amount of existing and new generation, electricity flows, and supply and demand.

BY KPMG for the AEC May 21 2020
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