More than 1000 megawatts of installed wind power sitting uselessly

DRNormally we don’t like republishing press releases. We think it just encourages them.

But Ridgway gets it. So his release gets a ride on STT.

It’s just another example of how this sodding technology doesn’t work, has never worked, and will never work. It just makes some people sick, and some people rich.

Hon David Ridgway MLC

State Liberal Leader in the Legislative Council

Shadow Minister for Tourism

Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries

Shadow Minister for Forests

28 February 2013

Media Release

No wind power when it’s most needed

A parliamentary inquiry into wind farms in SA has heard that only eight per cent of the state’s installed wind generating capacity is available on hot summer days when demand is greatest.

In fact, most wind power generated in SA is sent to Victoria when electricity demand and price are at rock-bottom.

Giving evidence at the inquiry was ElectraNet, the state’s principal transmission company which transports high voltage power across long distances and to remote areas.

ElectraNet said Victoria produced cheaper electricity than SA during periods of high demand, which is when the interconnector imports power from Victorian coal-fired stations.

At times of low demand, often in the middle of the night, the interconnector runs the other way and transports wind power from SA to Victoria.

Ninety-two percent of SA’s peak-demand electricity therefore comes from conventional coal and gas generators.

“We’ve got more than 1000 megawatts of installed wind power sitting uselessly, their blades not turning, when demand is at its greatest,” committee chair David Ridgway said.

In other evidence, the Country Fire Service told the inquiry that because of the changing, dynamic nature of wildfires there could be no hard-and-fast minimum separation distance between firebombing aircraft and wind turbines.

“The CFS is concerned about turbulence affecting aircraft downwind from the wind farm during bushfires,” Mr Ridgway said.

“And in the event of a fire in the turbine itself, the CFS would order firefighters to ‘stand well back’ until the blaze burnt itself out or the burning turbine flew to pieces.”

About stopthesethings

We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.


  1. Jackie Rovensky says:

    Blade throw has been recorded at over 1km and that was from a smaller turbine than is being installed these days. With at least one incidence of debris reported going through a roof.
    With a setback of 2km or less there is a high danger of death or injury, even to an innocent child, yet no one in authority is game to say NO to them being that close. Will it take such a thing to happen before those who have the authority take these companies in hand?
    Fire – well how do you fight an oil fire with water? The CFS may have the backup of plains dropping retardant, but is that retardant any use against an oil fire? How close would the plain have to be to the out of control blades to do any good. A raging out of control fire can occur in an instant, lives and property are in constant danger from these turbines malfunctioning, 1km which is the distance WorkSafe told CFS volunteers to retreat to in SA at a turbine fire. If the wind is blowing and the blades are throwing burning debris in all directions how is the area meant to be secured.
    The companies may have their own fire-fighters but surely there staff come under the same WorkSafe directions as CFS volunteers?
    Approval of these turbines in high or even moderate bushfire zones is grossly stupid and those who approve them will be culpable if/when a fire gets out of control and/or someone is maimed or killed.

  2. More from David Ridgeway from South Australian Policy Online website

  3. How much more do we have to do to get it through to the decision makers?

  4. Michael Lyons says:

    Just how does the CFS come to the conclusion and measure the distance for firefighters to “stand well back”? How far is that exactly? Bits of the fibreglass blades have been known to be thrown 1000m before landing( Hard to direct water on any fire from that distance. Blade throw of 400m to 600m is not uncommon.

    • Harry Makris says:

      …Yes….Nigel Farage…..this speech will resonate with the feelings of those who still believe in democracy….or any cause which exposes the failure of government…he also gives wind farms a serve towards the end…..

      One cannot help but admire his “straight up” style

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