“The Australian” used NEM-watch Live Generation widget to illustrate fuel mix

In his article “Rush to renewables as coal cools” in the Australian on Thursday 7th September, Andrew White used a reproduction of the RenewEconomy-sponsored NEM-Watch Fuel Type Widget to help his readers understand the fuel mix that was occurring for one 5-minute period (the 16:30 “dispatch interval”) the previous day.  The widget also has been designed to help those not so familiar with – part of our effort to help with Energy Literacy in more general terms.

For those who did not see it, here’s the image (with a few clarifications, to help with the understandability):

(click HERE for a higher resolution view)

We appreciate every opportunity to help people understand what’s happening in Australia’s energy sector (particularly the “National Electricity Market”), and would invite readers to visit the live copy of the NEM-Watch Widget to watch as the fuel mix changes through each and every day.

No charge, if you want to embed this on your website – thanks to the widget’s sponsor, RenewEconomy!  Just click the <EMBED> button on the widget and follow the instructions.

The Advertiser uses the NEM-watch Widget in explanation

Monday 31st July 2017 was a day (one of an increasing number in recent years) when dispatch prices for energy in South Australia dropped below $0/MWh – and, in this case, down to the Market Floor of -$1,000/MWh for the 13:30 dispatch interval.

We posted two images from NEM-Watch v10 on WattClarity here, to help to illustrate that there was more going on than just “energy” market considerations.

We also noticed that the Advertiser (in this article here) referenced our NEM-Watch Widget in their story about strong winds, and a transmission outage causing export limitations, contributing to negative prices in the region.  Here’s a snapshot of some of the article:

Given we intend all of our products to make complexity more understandable, so people can make better decisions” it’s always good to see people acknowledge that we deliver on that mission, in this way.

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.

 

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.

 

Image of NEM-Watch used to illustrate 7:30 Report story on Basslink outage of 2016

One of our team members was surprised, last night (i.e. Friday 3rd June 2016) to see an old image of an old version of NEM-Watch (from way back in 2007) used to illustrate how Tasmania would normally be interconnected to the mainland by the sub-sea HVDC (high-voltage direct current) link connecting into the Latrobe Valley in Victoria.

Here’s the image that surprised us:

NEM-Watch used to illustrate what normally would be the interconnected nature of Tasmania to the mainland regions of the National Electricity Market

For those interested in the Tasmanian crisis, the ABC story here is worth a watch.

Coincidentally it was also yesterday that I’d published these updated thoughts on WattClarity ® about the magnitude of the cost incurred, in aggregate, by various stakeholders in the Tasmanian region of the NEM as a result of the Basslink outage, now about 6 months old.

 

Explaining South Australian wind generation to interested (and confused) stakeholders

After fielding a number of questions relating to wind farm production in South Australia over a two week period – our CEO, Paul McArdle took to WattClarity to help make the complexity of the situation understandable to many interested (and confused) onlookers.

To illustrate the yin and yang of wind over a 4-day period for broader consumption, we used our NEM-Watch entry-level dashboard. Using screenshots of NEM-Watch we were able to create the animation below to clearly explain what was happening over the 4-day period.

 

An influx of compliments on our new RenewEconomy generation by fuel type widget

We are very proud to have received a growing number of compliments after the release of our new Generation by Fuel Type Widget available on the RenewEconomy homepage.

We have received positive feedback from industry professionals such as renewable energy consultants:

“…the instantaneous NEM generation graphs by fuel type on Renew Economy are….Bloody Brilliant!   We can now track the demise of fossil fuels in the NEM on a half hourly basis.”

David Woodgrove, Renewable Energy Consultant/DPA Solar

21st March 2015

 to other general admirers:

“Congratulations on the widget. I follow it every day”

Bruce McMillan

17th July 2015

Click here to read more testimonials about the Generation by Fuel Type Widget and NEM-Watch.

Explaining why large energy users are concerned about last week’s machinations in South Australia

A week of unusual occurrences in the South Australian energy space fascinated many onlookers, particularly large energy users.

After fielding a number of calls from large energy users in South Australia who were wanting to know what was going on, our CEO, Paul McArdle wrote this article on WattClarity to explain why they were concerned, to note observations about what happened and to state the possible implications for the future.

NEM-Watch v10 released

We were very proud to announce that an early release of NEM-Watch version 10 is now available to existing clients. The new release features a refocused NEM-Watch portal, enhanced clarity in the display, easier communication, new data delivery mechanisms, the ability to program operations for newer versions of windows, the ability to program overseas operations along with other miscellaneous bug-fixes and tweaks.

This release is in line with our commitment to never give up striving to improve and our commitment that our customers will always come first.

Presentation on “Extreme weather and volatile pricing in the electricity market” for Engineers Australia

The summer of 2012-2013 was a very volatile time for the Queensland region of the NEM.

Responding to a number of questions received from a number of our clients (and others) we initiated a more formal review of the nature of this volatility (including some of the underlying causes).

Our CEO (Paul McArdle) was invited to present some preliminary findings to a joint meeting of Engineers Australia and IEEE in Brisbane on 30th May 2013.

You can view the full presentation (including extensive Q&A session) by following the link below:

http://www.mediavisionz.com/ea/2013/eaq/130530-eaq/index.htm

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