August gales smash wind power record

South Australia broke a wind power record during August, with the state’s wind farms providing the equivalent of just less than 40 per cent of the state’s power.

Clean Energy Council (CEC) policy director Russell Marsh said August saw wind power records broken across the country, with South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales all hitting new highs.

“South Australia’s wind farms produced the lion’s share of the country’s wind power in August, with the 38 per cent mark easily beating the previous best monthly record of 31.2 per cent,” Mr Marsh said.

“The energy from all the wind farms in South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales would be enough to power 155,000 Australian homes for a whole year.”

The data added to results published by the Australian Energy Market Operator in late August, which showed more than a quarter of South Australia’s power came from wind power in the last financial year.

“Australia’s Renewable Energy Target is supporting projects that generate jobs and investment as well as clean energy,” Mr Marsh said.

To put the figures into perspective for consumers, the CEC has stated Australian wind farms generated 1024GWh in August – enough to power Parliament House in Canberra for more than 40 years, or to make more than
6 billion toasted sandwiches.

Victoria’s wind farms produced the equivalent of 7.9 per cent of the state’s electricity in August, beating the previous record of 5.4 per cent.

Tasmania produced 11 per cent of its power from wind energy, beating its previous best record of 7.5 per cent, while New South Wales produced
1.8 per cent of its electricity – up from its previous best of 1.5 per cent.