NEM-Review used on the ABC’s 7.30 report to explain how electricity prices have changed over summer

Hugh Saddler from the Australian National University, has used NEM-Review to help explain the state of the electricity market on the ABC’s 7.30 report which was broadcast on the the 13th of February 2017. In the report, several industry experts provide insights on the multi-state energy crisis over the summer that had been developing for several months.

Various media outlets look to Global-Roam for clarity during heat wave

In early February, numerous news websites including the Adelaide Advertiser and the Sydney Morning Herald embedded our NEM-Watch Live Generation Widget (as seen on RenewEconomy) to help explain the generation mix of each state of Australia during the recent heat waves affecting the South Australian and New South Wales electricity network. In addition to the situational awareness that the widget provided, Allan O’Neil made several posts on WattClarity during the week including this initial analysis attempting to explain the root causes of the blackouts experienced in South Australia.

 

About media quote on solar panels being “mostly useless” late in the day

During the national heatwave of February 2016, we fielded many calls from journalists and saw an increasing number of parties use (or embed) a variety of our bite-sized widgets, all focused at making some aspects of complexity more understandable.

One of the conversations I had with a journalist let to being quoted over the weekend saying that solar PV was “mostly useless” late in the day.  Hence, over the weekend I added this note of clarification on WattClarity for those who are interested in more than just soundbites.

Battery Storage compendium service created

Throughout 2016 we have been working with the Australian Energy Storage Council in the development of a national Energy Storage Register (the reasoning for which is provided here). This project is ongoing.

In the process of developing this service for the range of stakeholders involved in the sector, it became apparent that there was an opportunity for us to help in a number of other ways with respect to the battery storage sector – and, in the process, help to ensure that the Energy Storage Register sees successful development through 2017.

BatteryStorage.info is being developed collaboratively by Global-Roam Pty Ltd and the Australian Energy Storage Council. The site explains aspects of battery storage to a wider audience and acts as a single location for all articles about Battery Storage.

Providing insights to The Australian about the situation in South Australia

National Business Correspondent for The Australian, Annabel Hepworth published an article which details the concerns of big energy users in South Australia over high electricity prices after the recent turmoil in the state. Attempting to extend understanding on the situation Paul McArdle provided insights for the article, stating that blackout had “just put a two-week stop” to commercial concerns about the market “but the concerns continue”.

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NEM-Watch Fuel Type Widget snapshot helps illustrate the state of South Australian energy generation after blackout

In an effort to talk around last week’s power blackout in South Australia to a wider audience, The Australian published a number of infographics on pg. 6 of their daily edition on Thursday, the 18th of October, 2016.

Included was an artistic reproduction of a snapshot taken from our NEM-Watch Widget from 4pm the previous day – as shown here:

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The snapshot was used to compare the energy generation make-up for each state against their respective renewable energy targets

The Australian attributed this image to the SA Government, because they accessed the live chart on the SA Government website.

This location in the Department of State Development is the current location (as at October 2016) of the embedded copy of the NEM-Watch Fuel Type Widgets, one of the growing number of 3rd party “Host” locations that are choosing to embed this widget, which started its life at these two initial locations:

  1.  At RenewEconomy here; and
  2. On the NEM-Watch portal here.

 

BatteryFinder™ widget launched

Our BatteryFinder™ widget, launched in October 2016, continues to grow as a searchable/filterable ready reference to the makes and models of battery storage currently available on the Australian market.

BatteryFinder™ emerged as a milestone in the development of the broader national Energy Storage Register – as the Register requires a comprehensive (and continually updated) list of Makes and Models of battery storage technology available for use in Australia.

1) Battery Finder is embedded below.  You can both:
(a)  Search for particular battery systems of interest; and/or
(b)  Filter down the list, by clicking the facets on the left.

2) Don’t forget that there’s no charge to embed BatteryFinder™ on your own website – simply click on the “</> Embed” button on the widget below, provide your details and follow the instructions emailed to you.

3) Based on requests from some interested parties, we are also developing API access to Battery Finder data, which will be available at a modest charge.  Please email us if you would like to know more about this.

We’ll look forward to continuing to seeing the list below increase in numbers…

Animation on WattClarity helps explain what happened during yesterday’s blackout throughout South Australia

Our CEO, Paul McArdle spent the best part of last night piecing together the animation below in an attempt to understand what went on leading up to and during yesterday’s blackout throughout South Australia. Using ez2view, the animation explains what happened in generation and demand levels in South Australia between 06:00 and 17:00 on Wednesday the 28th of September, 2016.

An initial post and an update on the situation has already been posted on WattClarity, but time permitting, more analysis of what’s happened will be published over the coming days and weeks.

Pondering the future of Australia’s electricity market through detailed analysis

Our CEO, Paul McArdle recently penned an article on WattClarity pondering whether the remarkable price results from Q2 were a short lived excursion or whether they are the begging of a more systematic change in pricing patterns. Paul’s article caught the attention of several journalists including Ben Potter from the Australian Financial Review, who referenced the analysis in his piece ‘COAG out of action as electricity prices soar‘, and sought comments from Paul on the topic:

Average wholesale electricity prices across the National Electricity Market shot up to $65-$80 a megawatt hour in the mainland NEM states in the June quarter, and to $120 in Tasmania, Paul McArdle, director of GlobalRoam, said.

Paul McArdle weighs in on discussion about the cost of Basslink cable failure

Over the weekend, Angela Macdonald-Smith and Ben Potter from the Australian Financial Review wrote an article discussing the potential cost of the recent Basslink cable failure that has been plaguing Tasmania over recent months. In March, our CEO, Paul McArdle published some of his thoughts on the topic in a post to WattClarity, and he followed it up with a short update last week responding to claims about the total cost of the cable failure. Seeking in-depth insights and analysis on the matter, the journalists referenced Paul’s comments on the matter:

The highest previous estimate of the economic impact of the outage was a $400 million back-of-the-envelope estimate from Brisbane-based energy consultant and GlobalRoam director Paul McArdle, based on similar methodology of applying the increase in average prices to typical usage.