Last Chance Hotel: Australia’s Energy Crisis at the Crossroads – STOP THESE THINGS

We are indebted to PocketNEM for informing us that the spot price of electricity on the National Energy Market shot above $150 a megawatt hour in the eastern states late on Sunday afternoon, hitting $365 in the windmill-powered dystopia known as South Australia. During a largely overcast and windless winter weekend, SA and Victoria sucked up megawatt after megawatt of coal-generated electricity from NSW and Queensland, stretching the interconnectors to their limits.

To whom will the cost of these expensive buy-ins be charged? To the customer of course — you, me and the business we rely on to provide jobs, goods and services.


The closure of SA’s brown-coal-fired Northern power station 13 months ago, followed by the closure of Victoria’s Hazelwood power station this year, means that for the first time in at least a half-century there is a shortage of active generation ­capacity.

Last December, the AEMC calculated that the closures would increase the cost of wholesale energy by 55 per cent in Victoria and Tasmania and 41 per cent in SA by the next federal election.


It should, however, help us recognise that putting most of the burden on the electricity grid to deliver Australia’s promised carbon emissions reduction was a ghastly mistake. It has neither assisted the reduction of carbon emissions nor encouraged the development of new technology.


In fact, it can cost up to $100 a tonne to abate carbon emissions through large-scale wind and solar, and up to double that amount using small-scale domestic solar panels.


If common sense is allowed to intrude, we will no longer pay subsidies of about $85 a megawatt hour for the fitful supply of unstable energy using subprime technology of windmills.

Renewable energy suppliers have little incentive to improve the reliability of their product since it is the public, not they, who are forced to pick up the bill for buying in thermal power at the spot price when the blades stop tuning.


A clear-headed readjustment of the RET will allow us to test that somewhat brave assumption. Oh, and help us keep the lights on.
The Australian

Source: Last Chance Hotel: Australia’s Energy Crisis at the Crossroads – STOP THESE THINGS

I am old enough to remember life before electricity in country Australia. Wood fires for heating and cooking, summer and winter … kerosene fridges and lights.

Fifty years later, we have a power generator at the back door to keep electric appliances for refrigeration and lighting when the power goes out … which is fine for short term use, but when the fuel runs out and the electric fuel pumps at the local servo don’t work, we will be back to candles for lighting, and eventually the stock of candles will be used for something other than mood lighting.

Even worse is that the servos with generators will not get deliveries of fuel if the power is off too long the fuel tankers won’t get filled so there will be no back up power sources.

Even businesses who invest in generators may still lose power of the fuel runs out, and that means no groceries, no takeaway food … no sipping latte at the coffee shop, folks.

The generation who grew up without electricity are now retiring age, and as they retire and die off, the knowledge of how to survive without reliable electricity is dying with them/us.

I hope that police are still well trained in traffic management in cities.


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