The NEM Watch widget shows the amount of electricity being generated in Australia’s National Electricity Market (NEM) and other main networks – and from what sources; including fossil fuels and various types of renewables such as solar power. The application displays the instantaneous rate of production in megawatt-hours (MWh) as megawatts (MW).
Electricity Generation Sources
Fuel sources monitored by NEM Watch include black coal, brown coal, gas, liquid fuel, hydro, wind farms, large solar plants and small scale solar power systems. Small scale solar electricity generation information is based on live data sourced from the Australian PV Institute (APVI) solar map application.
Please note: the application may take a few seconds to load
Trivia: More than 1.6 million rooftop PV systems had been installed in Australia by November 2016. These system collective represent more than 5.2 gigawatts of installed PV capacity and are generating millions of dollars worth of clean, renewable electricity each day.
For Australian electricity demand information in near real-time, see this page; which displays the dispatch electricity price and demand for yesterday and today across the National Electricity Market and is based on data from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).
About Australian Electricity Markets
Australia’s National Electricity Market (NEM) covers Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia and accounts for around 90% of Australia’s electricity consumption. The NEM stretches over 5,000 km – from far north Queensland to Tasmania, and west to Adelaide and Port Augusta. With 40,000 kilometres of transmission lines, it is the longest alternating current (AC) system in the world.
The Wholesale Electricity Market (WEM) operates within the South West Interconnected System (SWIS) in Western Australia.
The SWIS consists of 96,000 km of powerlines. It stretches from Albany in the south to Kalbarri in the north and Kalgoorlie in the east of Western Australia and incorporates the Perth metropolitan area.
The other two main geographical areas making up the Western Australian electricity market are the North West Interconnected System (NWIS) and Regional Power (RP).
The NWIS services the communities of Dampier, Wickham, Pannawonica, Paraburdoo, Tom Price, Port Hedland, South Hedland, Karratha, Roebourne and Point Samson.
The RP supplies electricity to more than 100,000 residents and 10,000 businesses across remote and regional Western Australia, over an area of approximately 2.3 million square kilometres.