Australian Daily Electrical Power Generation Data – Wednesday 13th June 2018

Posted on Thu 06/14/2018 by


By Anton Lang ~

This Post details the daily power consumption data for the AEMO coverage area in Australia. For the background information, refer to the Introductory Post at this link.

Each image is shown here at a smaller size to fit on the page alongside the data for that day. If you click on each image, it will open on a new page and at a larger size so you can better see the detail.

Note also the scale change for some of the images. That scale (the total power shown on the left hand axis) has been changed to show the graph at a larger size.

Wednesday 13th June 2018

Total Power Generation All Sources

Here, the black line is the total power generation from every source. This is also the same as for total power consumption, which is slightly lower after minor grid losses are taken into account.

The Blue line is all fossil fuelled power generation. The orange line is hydro power generation. The purple line is wind power generation, and the red line is for solar power generation.

Both of those (exact) figures for total power consumption for the daily minimum and the daily Peak are taken directly from the AEMO site, adding up the totals for each of the five States in this coverage area.

Note the slight difference between Total Consumed Power and Total Generated Power. That indicates some of the losses in the grid system.

Daily Minimum Power Consumption – 18350MW

Daily Peak Power Consumption – 28330MW

Daily Minimum Generated Power – 19000MW

Daily Maximum Generated Power – 29200MW

Average Total Power Generation – 24000MW

Total Power Generation In GWH – 576GWH

All Fossil Fuels Total – Coal Fired and Natural Gas Fired Power Generation

Here, the upper black line is the total from all fossil fuels, and this is the same as the blue line in the image directly above.

The black line just under that top black line is the Sub Total just for coal fired power. Note here how closely that coal fired line follows the shape of the upper Load Curve, and this indicates that coal fired power can be ramped up and down to follow actual power consumption.

Daily Minimum Coal Fired – 14500MW

Daily Peak Coal Fired – 18200MW

Average Coal Fired Generation – 17000MW

Total Generated Power – 408GWH

Average Percentage Of Total – 70.83%

Natural Gas Fired Power Generation

This image for Natural Gas Fired Power Generation shows the gap between the total for all Fossil Fuelled Sources of power generation and Coal Fired Power Generation in the image directly above.

Note here how closely the shape follows the total power generation Load Curve in the top image, indicating how these natural gas fired plants are used to smooth out the load curve to match actual power consumption.

Note also that while coal fired power provides the bulk of the power, these natural gas fired plants are used to add more power to the system during those time periods during the day when consumption rises for the morning peak, and the main evening Peak

Daily Minimum – 750MW

Daily Peak – 4000MW

Average Natural Gas Fired Generation – 1590MW

Total Generated Power – 38.16GWH

Average Percentage Of Total – 6.63%

All Renewable Power Generation Versus Total Power Generation

This Image shows just the gap between total power generation from every source and the total power from renewable sources only. It is the same image as the first image at the top here, only with the fossil fuelled total (the blue line) removed from the graph, As in that top image, it shows Hydro Power, (orange line) wind power, (purple line) and solar power. (red line) What I have then done is added the black line just above those coloured lines and this indicates the Sub Total of power from those three renewable sources only. This is to highlight the gap between the total power generation and the total from renewable sources alone.

All Renewable Power Generation (Does not include rooftop solar generation)

This image is the same as for the one directly above for all renewable power, only with the total from all sources removed from the graph. As the scale of the left hand vertical axis has now changed, you can better see the detail of all renewable power. Again, the orange line is for hydro, the purple line is for wind, and the red line is for solar, and the black line is the Sub total for all renewable power. The other colour just showing indicates smaller plants, mostly using biofuels as their fuel source, tiny plants adding up to a very small total and for a short time duration.

Daily Minimum – 3400MW

Daily Peak – 7300MW

Average Renewable Generation – 5410MW

Total Generated Power – 129.84GWH

Average Percentage Of Total – 22.54%

Hydro Power Generation

This image shows all Hydro power generation. It is the same as the orange line in the top image for power generation from all sources.

Again, note here that the shape of this load curve follows the shape of the main load curve for all power generation, in that it has similar peaks in the morning and for the man evening Peak. The coloured lines at the bottom of this graph indicate the power generation from each of the hydro plants in this coverage area.

Daily Minimum – 1100MW

Daily Peak – 4600MW

Average Hydro Generation – 2670MW

Total Generated Power – 64.08GWH

Average Percentage Of Total – 11.13%

Wind Power Generation

This image shows the total power generated by every wind plant in this vast coverage area. It is the same as for the purple coloured line in the image at the top showing generation from all sources.

The total Nameplate for all these wind plants is just under 5225MW.

Note that the shape of this load curve does not follow the shape of the main load curve for total power generation. Wind power generates its power only when the wind is blowing, hence it does not follow actual power consumption levels.

Daily Minimum – 1900MW

Daily Peak – 3300MW

Average Wind Generation – 2640MW

Total Generated Power – 63.36GWH

Average Percentage Of Total – 11%

Solar Power Plant Generation

This image shows the total power generated from all the solar power plants in this coverage area. This is the same as for the red coloured line you can just see in that top image.

The total Nameplate for all these 16 solar plants is just lower than 1000MW.

Daily Minimum – Zero

Daily Peak – 330MW (Spikes to 360MW in cloudy conditions at all site across the day)

Average Solar Plant Generation for hours of generation – 240MW (7.30AM till 5.30PM)

Average Solar Plant Generation across the whole 24 hour day – 100MW

Total Generated Power – 2.4GWH

Average Percentage Of Total across the whole 24 hour day– 0.42%

Rooftop Solar Power Generation

As this source of power generation is classed as ‘behind the meter’, it is not included in the total power generation. Note here that the State of Queensland (QLD on the legend under the graph) is broken down into four separate areas as this is the largest State with the largest number of installations.

While the total Nameplate changes often, the latest information is that the total is now 7800MW, and that is a large total. However, that total equates to 1.8 Million homes with panels on their roof. That equates to an average sized installation of 4.3KW. Most of the power is consumed by the homes with the panels, and what is fed back to the grid, while seemingly still high is spread across that huge number of installations across the whole of this coverage area.

Daily Minimum – Zero

Daily Peak – 3000MW

Average For Hours of Generation – 1650MW (7AM till 5.30PM) (Cloudy condition for most Queensland areas)

Average Rooftop Solar Generation across the whole 24 hour day – 680MW

Total Generated Power – 16.32GWH

Average Percentage Of Total across the whole 24 hour day – 2.83%


  1. Finding Averages – On each graph there are 9 time points. Add the total at each time point together, and divide by 9. For coal fired power, I do this on a State by State basis (for the 3 States with coal fired power) and then add the total for each State together.
  2. For both solar power averages, I have used the average for a (half) Sine Wave which is 0.637 of the Peak value.
  3. For total power in GWH, multiply the average daily power by 24, and then divide by 1000.
  4. The total percentages for coal fired power, natural gas fired power and all renewables adds up to 100%.
  5. The total percentages for Hydro, Wind, and Solar adds up to the total percentage for all Renewables.
  6. Total Generated Power is expressed here as GWH (GigaWattHours) and a GWH is a MWH (MegaWattHour) multiplied by 1000

Comments For This Day

Power consumption figures and overall power generation figures were basically the same on this day as they were for the previous day, and as is usual, the only thing that changed was the mix of power generation from all the sources. The average fro the overall power generation from every source was the same as it was for yesterday, 24000MW.

The average for Coal fired power fell by 400MW, and all of that can be attributed to one of the Units at the Loy Yang A plant in Victoria. It dropped back to zero at around 11AM, and that was a loss of 530MW immediately. Luckily, it happened after the morning peak and power consumption was, as is always the case, falling back, so the loss was not all that much of a problem, as much as the loss of that amount of power can be in just the one State. As it fell back to zero, three Units at the large Murray One hydro complex started up. This hydro plant is one of two plants (Murray One and Two) has 111fifteen Units (10 at Murray One and 5 at Murray Two) and a maximum Nameplate of 1500MW in total. Those three Units which came on line added 300MW of the missing total, enough to cover for the loss in a time of falling consumption.

The average for natural gas fired power rose by 80MW above yesterday’s total.

The average for hydro power also rose, by 90MW over yesterday’s total.

The average for solar power rose by 20MW, keeping in mind that the overall average for these solar plants was only 100MW, or only 0.42% of the power required for consumption across the day.

The average for wind power rose also, and by 190MW, and that average of 2640MW was at a healthy 50.6% Capacity Factor for the day. Wind power was also high at the Peak power time of 6PM, in fact, 1000MW higher than it was yesterday, and because of that, the power needed from both natural gas and hydro at that peak power time was lower overall. Note here how when wind is high, either the overall daily average, or at peak power time, the only other sources it has any effect on are those other two, natural gas and hydro. Wind power, be it high or low has no effect whatsoever on the amount of power delivered from coal fired power.

That Unit at the Loy Yang A plant which went off line at 11AM came back on line at 9PM, so it was only down for 10 hours in all.

Anton Lang uses the screen name of TonyfromOz, and he writes at this site, PA Pundits International on topics related to electrical power generation, from all sources, concentrating mainly on Renewable Power, and how the two most favoured methods of renewable power generation, Wind Power and all versions of Solar Power, fail comprehensively to deliver levels of power required to replace traditional power generation. His Bio is at this link.