How South Australia’s Wind Power Obsession Sent Power Prices Rocketing & Killed Grid Reliability

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Adelaide, 28 September 2016: the wind ‘powered’ Capital of Australia …

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For over 15 years, the Australian wind industry, its parasites and spruikers held up South Australia as the perfect example of what a wind powered future would look like: the economic basket case even earned the mantle of ‘Australia’s wind power capital’.

Now that their dreams have become a daily South Australian nightmare, it’s little wonder that those who were forced to swallow smug and sanctimonious moral posturing from members of the wind cult in the media – and the band of subsidy-seeking criminals, chancers and spivs that fed them the drivel they gladly parroted – have responded with that delightful sense of malicious glee at another’s downfall, that probably only the Germans could capture in a single word: ‘schadenfreude’.

Lunatics from the hard green-left have long-targeted economically conservative journalists, like Chris Kenny and Andrew Bolt with a maniacal zeal.  However, as their dream of powering the world on sunshine and breezes (using other people’s money, of course) bumps up against cold hard reality in South Australia, Bolt, Kenny and a cast of others in the mainstream press are keen to bring the fantasists that have hitherto tormented them and others to account.

Here’s Andrew Bolt savouring just a little, gleeful revenge.

No to coal: how SA Labor killed reliable power supply
Herald Sun
Andrew Bolt
23 October 2016

A new letter shows how South Australia’s Labor government, maddened by its global warming religion, refused a deal to save its last coal-fired power station. Result: electricity bills shot up and the whole state lost its power.

Rebecca Puddy:

The Weatherill Labor government has released a letter ­detail­ing negotiations with the last coal-fired power station in South Australia, after a 16-month battle to keep it secret.

It … shows that, five months before announcing the closure of its Port Augusta power station, Alinta Energy wrote to the government seeking help to increase shareholder confidence for capital investment in the face of a deteriorating wholesale energy market.

It builds on revelations by The Australian that Alinta had ­approached the government in January last year for help, with plans to expand the life of the power plant and mine to 2028.

But the government rejected its ­approach and the power station closed in May, with South Austral­ians being hit with immed­iate electricity price rises of ­almost 75 per cent…

The January 22, 2015, letter from Alinta chief executive Jeff Dimery to Ener­gy Minister and Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis said that while the company had invested more than $150 million in upgrades and maintenance of the coalmine and power station since taking ownership in March 2011, the wholesale electricity market in the state had continued to deter­iorate.

He asked for government help to extend the life of the Leigh Creek coalmine and Port Augusta power station through a proposal on the company’s credit support obligations and the extension of its leases at Leigh Creek.

In fact, just three weeks before the blackout, South Australia blew up a coal-fired power station:

 

Chris Kenny on the causes of the blackout the took out all of South Australia. First, Labor closed base-load power in South Australia, making the state too reliant on top-up from Victoria. Then:

The AEMO reports show the trigger for overloading the interconnector [bringing in power from Victoria] and shutting it down was not the felling of transmission towers but the sudden loss of 445 megawatts of generation from wind farms.

And now we know this sudden loss happened because they automatically shut down in response to “voltage disturbances”…

Experienced engineer John Noonan, who is no enemy of renewable energy, has carried out analysis that shows even with the infrastructure available, the state should have been better protected.

Noonan points out SA went into the storm with the vast majority of gas generation at Pelican Point, Osborne and Torrens Island left idle.

Warnings were issued about this storm two days before its arrival yet the state’s electricity system was left in a situation where most of the power was coming from the wind farms in regional areas supplemented by the interconnector.

In other words the state, including Adelaide, was left reliant on extensive transmission lines across vast distances even though bad weather was approaching.

Noonan’s point is that it would have been prudent to fire up the gas generators near the city so baseload power was available close to most customers, without being transmitted across vulnerable infrastructure.

It is astonishing that a Government should deliberately create such an expensive and unreliable power supply – destroying the cheap and reliable one it had – without even being able to explain just how much difference any of this would make to the world’s temperatures.

This is ideology gone mad. How often must it be said that what South Australian Governments have done to their power system at such vast expensive MAKES NO DIFFERENCE TO GLOBAL WARMING ANYWAY.
Herald Sun

andrew-bolt

Andrew Bolt: sweet vengeance is mine!

About stopthesethings

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

Comments

  1. Jackie Rovensky says:

    It appears it makes no difference what the cause of the Blackout was the march of turbines across SA and other states continues, not with caution and thought but in a panicked and rushed onslaught.
    The number of additional turbines proposed and already approved is catastrophic, but who cares, the Federal Government doesn’t nor do the State governments.
    The only ones who care are those who will have their lives and health destroyed – 24 hours a day every day of the year.
    Those living in the large populated areas think its OK, they can and in SA are buying generators and solar with battery backup to ensure they will have electricity when the lights go out again. They were the ones who’s power was back on within a few hours in SA – so they do not understand the dangers this form of energy production creates – not until they spend 24 hours without energy, on a regular and unpredictable basis will they accept what those in rural Australia have been saying – it doesn’t work – it is costly to health and the hip pocket.
    Wake up Australia and look beyond the artificial forests of steel towers and see what is being lost.

  2. Brian Johnston says:

    Question was the blowing of the power station an accident or deliberate? I guess deliberate which indicates a no return scorched earth policy.

    Weatherill knows exactly what he is doing. The blackout is just a glitch which of course won’t happen in the future. Or will it. Weatherill believes he is doing the wrong thing for the right reason. It is called delusional.

    Something over looked by many.
    According to the OECD? Australia is to be a Service Economy. No industry including no car industry. Therefore the goons believe Australia will be able to function on wind and solar.

    The above being the reason why Abbott closed the car industry.
    Abbott the climate sceptic (he’s not) had warmist alarmist Greg Hunt as his climate minister. Abbott is a fake who believes in the New World Order. He is a part of the problem.

    STT is a top site. I was very interested to learn about tissue damage

    Brian J

  3. Hi,

    I started a PETITION “SA PREMIER JAY WEATHERILL : Demand the RESIGNATION of the Energy Minister for HIGH POWER PRICES CAUSING SA’s JOBS CRISIS and 15,000 household POWER DISCONNECTIONS, frequent POWER BLACKOUTS and the JULY 2016 POWER CRISIS” and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name.

    Our goal is to reach 100 signatures and we need more support.

    You can read more and sign the petition here:

    https://www.change.org/p/sa-premier-jay-weatherill-demand-the-resignation-of-the-energy-minister-for-high-power-prices-causing-sa-s-jobs-crisis-and-also-15-000-household-power-disconnections-frequent-power-blackouts-and-the-july-2016-power-crisis?recruiter=135406845&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_responsive

    Please share this petition with anyone you think may be interested in signing it.

    Thankyou for your time.

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