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Australia’s main grid has set yet more news record for wind output, beating a new record set just days earlier and smashing through the 6,000MW mark for the first time on Saturday and leaping to more than 6,400MW a day later.

The peak wind output in the National Electricity Market set on Saturday was 6,120MW, at 8.25pm, according to energy analysts Dylan McConnell from the Climate and Energy College, and Paul McArdle from Global Roam.

It was then broken a day later, at 5.40pm on Sunday, when it reached a peak of 6,421MW. The average renewable energy output in Australia’s main grid was more than 50 per cent from around 10.30am to 3pm.

As it did on Tuesday, when a new peak of 5,899MW had been set, the new wind records appeared to have been facilitated by the relaxation of constraints in South Australia, which allowed for big jumps in record output from that state.

The constraints in South Australia have been relaxed for testing and trials of the first of four synchronous condensers that will be installed in the state.

[Giles Parkinson]

More: Australia sets new wind output record, breaks through 6,000MW for first time

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