Mind The Gaps: Wind Power Delivers Massive Daily Output Collapses Across Australia

There’s nothing like wind power when it comes to delivering grid chaos. It’s all about the weather, really.

If a picture’s worth a thousand words, what’s depicted above and below speaks volumes about just how pathetic is the ‘performance’ of Australia’s wind power fleet. Spread from Far North Queensland, across the ranges of NSW, all over Victoria, Northern Tasmania and across South Australia its 6,960 MW of capacity routinely delivers just a trickle of that.

Depicted above – courtesy of Aneroid Energy – is the output delivered by Australian wind power outfits to the Eastern Grid, so far this month.

Collapses of over 3,000 MW or more that occur over the space of a couple of hours are routine, as are rapid surges of equal magnitude, which make the grid manager’s life a living hell, and provide the perfect set up for power market price gouging by the owners of conventional generators, who cash in on the chaos.

Drilling down on what’s depicted above, below is the output on 7 April 2020, when the entire fleet was producing a trivial 206 MW, or 2.95% of total capacity around Noon that day:

It’s the kind of data that leads to the inevitable conclusion that the so-called ‘inevitable transition’ is complete and utter nonsense.

Rafe Champion takes a few more data points, to make exactly the same point below.

Paying twice the price to get 3% of the electricity
Catallaxy Files
Rafe Champion
2 April 2020

Approaching 10pm.

South Australia is importing power this evening after exporting a trickle for most of the day. 2% SA power from wind at present and across the NEM it is exactly 3%.

As we approach sunset and the peak of daily demand for electricity the wind across SE Australia is providing a tick over 3% of the power.

In case you want a hot dinner, lights and TV this evening almost 97% of the electrons will come from conventional sources, overwhelmingly coal. Providing the other three per cent has doubled the price. A remarkable achievement.

5GW of coal capacity is not being used. That is almost as much as the sun and wind were providing at their peak for the day and that is not counting unused gas and hydro capacity.

Of course the wind could pick up and it might provide 10 or 15% on a remarkably good wind day. So what? Remember it is the choke point that kills the grid.

If the RET is not one of the victims of the crisis then we are really stuffed.
Catallaxy Files

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


  1. Reblogged this on ajmarciniak.

  2. Jim Wiegand - Wildlife Biologist says:

    Wind may supply 3% at times, but what about all the grid losses and the extra energy used to keep all those thousands of extra miles of green transmission lines charged. When considering all factors, I would bet that there is a substantial net loss from all of Australia’s wind projects.

    For corporations and investors, rigging peer reviewed research, avoiding science and using media whores, has been the MO used to dupe trillions from taxpayers for a worthless green energy industry. That’s why the public still doesn’t know that wind energy couldn’t possibly exist without other energy sources running the grid, that electric cars have nothing to do with wind, that all green energy being sold is really energy from other sources, and fake green research has been hiding tens of millions of bird fatalities annually.

    Rigging numbers is incredibly profitable for this Enron based industry and that’s why they do it. This industry’s “Green Energy” impact research is a perfect example. This research is supposed to be used to compensate for residual negative effects on biodiversity. But by rigging this research and getting others like Conservation groups like Audubon and universities to never question it, has saved this industry in America hundreds of billions in offsetting mitigation.

  3. Son of a goat says:


    The newspaper for the Pooches of Kooyong

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    Discover Peanut’s humiliation as Yoda gives another lecture to those adoring geriatrics at the Lighter Footprint Climate Action Group only to be showered in bras, a set of jocks from a Hawthorn supporter (well, they were yellow at the front and brown at the back anyway), a set of hearing aids and false teeth.

    To be continued….

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