New Bulletin | Sunny With a Chance of Wind: An Analysis of Supply Diversity in the NEM

As a society we demand power at the flick of every switch. We expect this power to be reliable, affordable and increasingly, sustainable. The increasing penetration of renewables into the energy market has resulted in further delivering the ‘clean’ aspect of society’s demands but has led to changing the fundamentals of the energy market. As we transition to a ‘cleaner’ portfolio of generation, the supply diversity of renewables comes under question in relation to the intermittency of supply.  This intermittency of supply is raised as the reason we cannot switch to 100% renewable electricity generation. We continue to need a portfolio of generation types in order to meet society’s demands for energy.

This new bulletin from Frontier Economics Mary Schnelle and Anna Brakey and looks at wind and solar generation in the National Electricity Market. Our analysis discusses whether there is adequate supply diversity to provide the reliable electricity supply that consumers need.

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