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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of our government department clients has recently left us a comment after using NEM-Watch and NEM-Review for an extended period of time:
“Thank you very much for your excellent service. We, at the Department, highly value both of your products (NEM-Watch and NEM-Review), which we use on a regular basis and find them extremely useful in the provision of any NEM related data analysis”
Dr T S Prasad – Manager Analysis & Modelling, Department of Water & Energy
7th of April 2008
It’s fantastic to see that government departments are continuing to get value out of our products, particularly when generating context-sensitive insights into data.
Our CEO, Paul McArdle has provided insights to Duncan Hughes from the Australian Financial Review in regards to how a power upgrade delay may cost energy users.
The article begins:
“DEFERRING until 2015 a $120 million upgrade of an electricity interconnector between Queensland and NSW will cost energy users about $5 billion in higher charges, major energy users say.
They claim an arcane formula – called the regulatory test – used to assess the merits of boosting the interconnector fails to take account for the real impact of the outcome on their costs.”
With the author quotes Paul commenting on the situation’s effects:
“Paul McArdle, managing director of market monitor NEM-Watch, said higher generating prices in summer peak periods would raise costs by $690 million a year, or about $5 billion for the next seven years.”