I have been saving NemWatch screenshots offline for a few months now to get a handle on what the three NSW large solar power plants actually produce out of their rated capacity of 211MW. Plants are at Nyngan 102MW & Broken Hill 53MW – and Moree 56MW. I made 69 readings, mostly in March (36). If there are more than one per half hour slot – then they are averaged.
AGL’s Nyngan and Broken Hill plants combined are expected to produce 359,000MWhours of electricity per year which equals 40.98MW on a 24/7 basis.
The BoM thinks our Indian summer is important enough to rush out Special Climate Statement 55 – prolonged March heatwave affects many parts of Australia – I noticed Canberra mentioned in the table on page 15 and ran a few checks –
The BoM Time Series page (based on Acorn) shows that for NSW and SE Australia March 1940 had the hottest max but in their page 15 table the BoM are quoting successive days over 30 or 35 or whatever.
My chart shows the progression of the days for 1940 vs 2016 and we will see what can be said next month.
And of course we know that few stations have daily data digitised before 1957.
I saw this enigmatic headline on the ABC – Adelaide’s desalination plant considered a ‘tool’ to boost irrigation allocations during drought – I realize that desalination proponents have taken Australian water policy into the paranormal – but producing expensive desal water to be able to boost irrigation allocations at a time when few areas of SA would be in drought – takes the cake.
March rain to date
Last October South Australia was talking big about closing their last coal fired power stations near Port Augusta in March 2016 – Alinta to shut SA coal mine, power plants early – we will see. What do readers think? This chart of daily generation shows they would have to work their gas fired units much harder if coal closed.
NemWatch lets you see real time generation sources but does not show imports and exports. Thanks to Peter Bobroff from the grid.publicknowledge.com.au site for these daily data which reveal much.
Thanks to Peter Bobroff from the grid.publicknowledge.com.au site for these daily data which reveal much.
The last day of Basslink transmissions was 20 Dec 2015. It is fascinating that the cable failed a few days after exports were started. What was the rationale behind the decision to sharply increase Hydro production 16-17th December to export to Victoria – at a time dam levels were low? After Basslink failed it took a month to ramp up gas. Will try and get intraday day data in the week up to the break. A week ago I posted – “Base Load power is now a myth” so say renewable energy enthusiasts
Checkout NemWatch for real time electricity generation in each State and see how often wind is near useless.
Just saw this – Adam Giles branded ‘dumb’ for Chinese port deal amid calls for US to explain secret polling – The Turnbull Govt should “man-up” and find a technicality in Commonwealth powers to void this lease and reverse this colossal stupidity. Last November I wrote – Is there a more pointlessly stupid Govt decision than leasing the Port of Darwin for 99 years?
Victoria to switch desalination plant on next summer, following decline in water storages – This 3 year rain decile map shows the Thomson catchment is near the border between the dry western part of Victoria and the east which had better rain. The Vic Govt says it is ordering 50GL of desal water for next summer – ironically that is about the exact amount wasted each year from the Thomson Dam in environmental flows through the drought 2002-2009.
The FrackNation Facebook page – Ann & Phelim Media LLC – has been attacked by activists leading to two posts being removed and the page being locked for 24 hours. Ann & Phelim are reporting on the Dimock Water Trial in Pennsylvania – Read about it – 7 reasons the trial is shaky – water expert hides – water expert video – no proof water contaminated – and like and share every post about the Dimock water trial and then Ann & Phelim need you to forward the links to all your friends so they build up a massive number of supporters for the FrackNation Facebook page. This should help balance the organized attack by anti-fracking activists against the page. If FrackNation don’t fight back – they could succeed in having the page permanently suspended and prevent FrackNation from letting the world know the truth about fracking as the trial enters its final week. – Facebook has sided with the anti-fracking activists.
“Base load” power: a myth used to defend the fossil fuel industry – this article is linked at the bottom of the Nemwatch page where you can see in realtime the contribution of various electricity generation sources to the grid loads in the various States. I hope readers get in the habit of checking Nemwatch to see for themselves how often it is that wind power is near useless providing only 1 or 2% of our electricity. To check generation in WA use the WA AEMO page – best around.
So unless Australian electricity consumers will vote for common brown-outs and black-outs I can not see how you can avoid a large fossil fuel capacity that will keep generating when the wind does not blow. Late in the article there are statements about the Tasmanian power crisis that appear to me as flights of fancy.