Quiz: Test your knowledge on the Australian energy industry


Are you an energy expert? How much do you really know about the National Electricity Market (NEM)? Take our quiz to prove you’ve been paying attention and show how switched on you are! 

A megawatt is…

The world record for the longest continuous stretch of power plant operation (1087 days, 21 hours) is currently held by…

A fossil fuel is a fuel formed by natural processes over millions of years. Which of the following is not a fossil fuel?

The day-to-day operation of Australia’s energy market and systems is managed by the…

The National Electricity Market (NEM) relies on a mix of technologies to generate electricity. According to the State of the Energy Market 2020 report, which of these graphs represents the makeup of energy generation in Australia?

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The NEM operates on one of the world’s longest interconnected power systems, spanning approximately _____ from Port Douglas in Queensland to Port Lincoln in South Australia and across Bass Strait to Tasmania.

Not just anyone can set up shop on the NEM – you have to register in a participant category. Which of the following is not a participant category in the NEM?

The main components of a generator are the…

The heart of the sun emits photons – tiny energy particles that are even smaller than atoms, that travel to Earth in the form of sunlight. Approximately how long does it take for sunlight to reach Earth?

There are four major costs to energy providers that are passed on to users. The most substantial costs are the…

Tarong North Power Station utilises advanced boiler technology to increase efficiency and reduce emissions. This type of boiler is known as a…

Solar PV panels are made up of many solar cells, each made of silicon. PV stands for…

A solar panel system is considered ‘large-scale’ by the Clean Energy Regulator if it has a capacity of more than 100 kilowatts. By comparison, the coal-fired Stanwell Power Station has a capacity of…

The two major charges that appear on your electricity bill are the supply charge and the usage charge. Which of these is not another name for a supply charge?

Coal is delivered directly to the Tarong power stations from the nearby Meandu Mine. The machine that does this is called a…

Which of America’s founding fathers used a key and a kite to prove that lightning was electrical?

There are two main types of gas turbine power stations – open cycle and:

In locations like Australia where a substantial amount of solar capacity has been installed, energy grid daily demand trends typically show peaks in the morning and the early evening. This is known as a…

Traditional generators like steam turbines provide crucial ‘inertia’ to the electricity grid because they…

Australia’s electricity grid runs on…

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