Australian Chart of the week | “You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to [dispatch]”

We have had a number of contingency events this year that have stretched the electricity market to it limits including bushfires, high winds and high temperatures. These are all weather events that we can expect will continue into the future, putting continue stress onto electricity infrastructure (see CSIROs report). These are the events we saw this year alone:

  • 4 January – separation event between NSW and Victoria due to bushfires
  • 30 January – high demand and unexpected withdrawal of capacity due to high temperatures
  • 31 January – storm destroys transmission lines and separates SA and Victoria for 17 days

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