AEMO Will Trial Ability Of Wind Farms To Stabilize South Australia’s Grid

An Australia-first trial to demonstrate the ability of wind farms to provide crucial grid stabilising services traditionally supplied by “baseload” coal and gas plants, is now set to begin in October. The South Australia-based trial, first flagged in February, and originally scheduled for June, will use the recently completed 100MW Hornsdale 2 wind farm, by …

Tesla To Install World’s Largest Grid-Scale Battery In South Australia

Tesla has announced that it will install the world’s largest grid-scale battery — 100 MW/129 MWh — in South Australia. The installation will be located in Jamestown in the north of the Australian state and will receive electricity to be stored from a wind farm operated by French energy company Neoen. Tesla broke the news …

South Australia Sets New Record Wind Output Of 1,540 Megawatts On Anzac Day

South Australia set a new record for wind output on Tuesday, the Anzac Day public holiday, reaching 1,540MW just before midnight – a significant lift on its previous record of 1,400MW set just two weeks earlier. The Australian Energy Market Operator says it was forced to intervene to ensure that at least two gas-fired generators …

Renewable Energy Made Up Record 21.7% of National Electricity Market in October

Australia’s renewable energy sector hit a record in October, with 21.7% of electricity in the national electricity market coming from renewables, according to the latest Cedex report. That represents the biggest proportion of any month since the data was made available by the Australian Energy Market Operator in 2005, according to the report from the …

South Australian Windfarms Revise Safety Settings after Statewide Blackout

Several windfarm operators in South Australia have already revised their settings to allow them to ride through larger network disruptions, following the storm in September that caused a statewide blackout, according to an update by the Australian Energy Market Operator (Aemo). New information released by Aemo on Wednesday morning reveals nine of 13 windfarms in …

South Australia’s Blackout Explained

On Wednesday, something very unusual happened: the entire state of South Australia lost power. Known as a “system black,” it’s something the Australian Energy Market Operator (Aemo) had only prepared for in theory – never having the unfortunate opportunity to put “black start” procedures into place. The cause was very clear. And it was not …