Australian Weekly Wind Power Generation Data – 13 March 2023 To 19 March 2023

Posted on Mon 03/20/2023 by

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By Anton Lang ~

This continuing Series of Posts will detail the daily data for wind generation from all the Industrial Wind Plants on the major Australian Grid. This Series continues the data collection for all Australian wind power which was started on 1 October 2018. The original Series was started to show a definitive and accurate Capacity Factor Percentage for all the Australian wind plants on the main Australian power grid, and this new Series will continue to add to both of those Long Term Capacity Factor averages, shown directly under the Table below.

For an Introduction to this Series, and an explanation for the table, and the background, go to the following Post at the highlighted link. This introductory Post also shows the permanent link to all Posts in this Series.

Australian Weekly Wind Power Generation Data – Introduction And Permanent Link To All Data Post

The total Nameplate for all these wind plants changes as each new wind plant comes on line delivering power to the grid. That current Nameplate is 10277MW, and this is from the current total of 79 wind plants.

Wind Nameplate change from beginning of data collection on Monday 1 October 2018 – (then) 5301MW – (now) 10277MW – (Change) +4976MW (an increase of 94%)

Current Wind Nameplate Capacity – 10277MW

Day
And
Date
Total
Generated
Power
Average
Power
Capacity
Factor (%)
Power
To
Grid (%)
Monday

13Mar2023

57.31GWH 2388MW 23.24% 10.3%
Tuesday

14Mar2023

43.96GWH 1832MW 17.83% 7.5%
Wednesday

15Mar2023

29.56GWH 1232MW 11.99% 4.8%
Thursday

16Mar2023

95.49GWH 3979MW 38.72% 14.9%
Friday

17Mar2023

42.16GWH 1757MW 17.10% 6.0%
Saturday

18Mar2023

94.17GWH 3924MW 38.18% 15.7%
Sunday

19Mar2023

65.76GWH 2740MW 26.66% 11.1%
This

Week

428.41GWH 2550MW 24.81% 10.1%

Long Term Capacity Factor – 52 weeks – 29.92% (Last Week – 29.95%)

Long Term Capacity Factor – 233 weeks – 30.19% (Last Week – 30.21%)

Comments for this week.

Wednesday 15 March 2023. – I am including an image for wind power generation for this day, and this shows the total power generation across that whole day for the two States of South Australia and Victoria. (If you click on the image, it will open on a new page and at a larger size so you can see the detail a little better.) In these two States there are 54 separate industrial wind plants. (24 of them in South Australia, and 30 of them in Victoria) You can see under the actual graph is the list of codes for all the wind plants in Australia, and I have left just those ones for these two States ticked, so the graph indicates the total for all of those ticked plants. The total Nameplate for all of these 54 wind plants comes in at 6,655MW. I have highlighted the time at 8.55AM. (at that vertical dotted line) and then indicated the total generated power at that time, and here, that is shown at the left of the page, and I have highlighted it with that red circle you see there. That total generated power at that time was 48.1MW. So, from a total Nameplate of 6,655MW, then that meant that wind generation from those 54 wind plants in total was only ….. 0.72% of their Nameplate. So, all of these wind plants were only working at LESS THAN ONE PERCENT of their Capacity. Now that is positively pitiful. As you can see, later in the day, well, at Midnight anyway, wind generation had risen to around 2200MW, and even that is only the year round average. Overall, across the whole day, they only operated at 11.75% of their Capacity. Some might say that I am cherry picking one point in time, but hey, in the future, when wind generation makes up nearly all of power generation, well, just what do you do when there are times like this? Also, that old meme of the wind always blowing somewhere, and Australia is a pretty big place, well, that 6,655MW of wind generation is actually 65% of all the wind generation across the whole AEMO coverage area, almost the whole of Australia.

Weekly Update

Yet again, you can see the nature of wind generation, starting the week low, then going even lower to that very low day on Wednesday that I wrote about above, then a relatively high day, then again, another very low day, then another relatively high day, and then lower than average again. All of that meant that for the whole week, wind generation was, overall, almost six percent lower than average. That again dragged both long term averages lower, and the 52 week most recent year long average is still below 30%.

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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.

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