Wind power set a new output record on Saturday evening, reaching 7,111MW – the first time it has been over 7,000MW – a welcome respite for most state grids from the growing pressures of costly fossil fuel generation.
The new benchmark was set at the 21:50 dispatch interval, according to Paul McArdle at Watt Clarity, when it accounted for 27 per cent of the National Electricity Market’s total demand.
The previous record was 6,853MW set at 16:40 on May 31, as we reported here.
At the time of the new record South Australia was producing 1,917MW, or 112 per cent of its local demand.
Earlier in the day, according to NEMLog, South Australia had earlier posted its record wind output of 2051MW at 07:10 and also its record wind share of 140.42 per cent of local demand at 04:15. Two days earlier, on Thursday evening, wind had been producing less than 1 per cent of demand.
Victoria was actually producing the most wind power at the time of the overall grid wind output record, with 2933MW, or 48.8 per cent of its local demand, while NSW was producing 1524MW, or 15 per cent of its demand.
Tasmania was producing 488MW, or 34 per cent of its demand. Queensland was meeting just 3.7 per cent of its local demand from 250MW of wind.
One other interesting record of note, the rolling one year share of renewables in Australia’s main grid reached a new record of 32.61 per cent early on Sunday morning.