Power Systems

Power stations, transmission lines, terminal stations, transformers, substations, and all of rest of electrical engineering, from Victoria and further afield.

Ardeer, Sunshine West and high voltage power lines

Now you see it, now you don’t – this is the story of the high voltage power lines that were planned to pass through Ardeer and Sunshine West, but thanks to community action never came to be. A mystery My story starts in April 2010, when I paid a visit to Ardeer to photograph the […]

On the trail of a high voltage transmission line

The other day I was reading The Age and saw a photo of scene I swear I’ve seen before, but I couldn’t put my finger on the exact location. So let’s go chase down some high voltage power lines, and see where they take us. Nicole Cleary photo via The Age On the trail The […]

A history of gas fired power generation in Victoria

The dinosaurs in the Australian fossil fuel industry have been fighting the rise of renewable solar and wind power, with a recent tactic being the promotion of natural gas as a ‘clean’ fuel for the transition from coal. This is the story of how Victoria has used natural gas for the generation of electricity. In […]

Backup generators and the 1982 New South Wales power crisis

In Australia power generation has become another front in the culture wars, as backers of coal fired power stations fight the growth of renewable solar and wind power, blaming them for any minor power outage. But back in 1980s New South Wales far worse power restrictions were put into place – and failed coal fired […]

A history of synchronous condensers in Victoria

In the past decade wind and solar generation has been displacing older coal fired power stations in Australia, with the stability of the electricity grid coming into question. One of the proposed solutions is something called a synchronous condenser – a technology that the State Electricity Commission of Victoria took advantage of fifty years ago. […]