- Thursday 24th and Friday 25th of January 2019 were two of the hottest days on record in Australia, with some major cities reaching 46.8 degrees Celsius.
- During these days, demand reached up to 33,950 MW, one of the highest ever recorded demand levels (the highest was in 2009 with a demand of 35,720 MW).
- Victoria in particular suffered on these days, with three large coal generators down for the count.
- The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) intervened by introducing some capacity of Reliability and Emergency Reserve Trader (RERT) generation and requesting load shedding.
- It is reported that grid demanded would have been much higher without these interventions.
- The audit also found renewables now account for 20% of total energy generation in the National Energy Market (NEM).
RenewEconomy reported yesterday that renewable sources of energy have performed extremely well during the last few record-breaking heatwaves in the country, according to The Australia Institute’s (TAI) National Energy Emissions Audit (January 2019). Here are the key details about the audit and its findings:
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