Australia’s ‘Wind Power Capital’ – South Australia – Becomes the ‘Blackout State’

*** While STT was taking a well earned summer break, South Australians found themselves, yet again, groping around in the dark. In the lead up to Christmas, South Australians living on its West Coast in places like Ceduna were left powerless for close to 3 days, said to be the result of storm damage to […]

Litigators Set to Recover $Millions in Blackout Losses Caused by SA’s Wind Power Shutdown

South Australia’s ludicrous attempt to run on sunshine and breezes hit a ‘black spot’ on 28 September this year, when – yet another – totally unpredictable collapse in wind power output plunged the entire state into Stone Age darkness: ‘GUILTY’: South Australia’s Statewide Blackout Caused by Deliberate Wind Farm Shutdown Many parts of the State […]

South Australia’s Wind Power Debacle: Blackout Spells the End for Wind Power

*** Time for tilting at windmills is at an end (SA blackout shows need for energy security instead of windmills) The Australian Chris Kenny 8 October 2016 By plunging itself into darkness and flailing itself with prohibitive, self-imposed electricity costs, South Australia provides the nation with a critical warning about energy policy. It also demonstrates […]

South Australia – Wind Powered Train Wreck: Power Supply Chaos Strands Thousands of Commuters

South Australia’s wind powered economy is a picture of reliability (see above and below). In its capital, Adelaide, for 2 days in row (28 and 29 April) thousands of hopeful commuters were left to their own devices, as wild variations in wind power output wrecked the power supply to its Seaford/Tonsley electric train line. We’ll […]

SA’s Wind Farm Fiasco: $Millions in Subsidies Thrown at GDF Suez to Reopen Mothballed Gas-Fired Power Plant

South Australia has the dubious honour of being referred to as “Australia’s wind farm capital”. That ‘accolade’ has brought with it rocketing power prices, an unstable grid and routine blackouts. As to the latter, South Australians are learning to live with daily ‘load-shedding’, that even its premier academic institutions have to suffer, along with thousands […]

SA Wind Farms Trigger South Australian Power Crisis

**** In one sad and sorry respect, South Australia resembles Germany: both went into wind power with a vengeance; and the householders and businesses of both are watching their economic prosperity wither under the combined effect of crippling (and escalating) power prices and increasingly unreliable power supplies: Wind Industry’s Armageddon: Wind Farm Output Collapse Leaves […]

How South Australia’s Wind Farm Gamble Led to a Power Crisis

**** South Australians dwell in Australia’s economically dismal ‘wind power capital’. Their attempt to rely on these things as a ‘meaningful’ power source sees them not only paying the highest power prices in the Nation by a mile (if not the world, on a purchasing power parity basis) – but sees them glaring at each […]