Renewables rent-seekers never talk about output, they only ever talk about capacity. Lines like the Windy Hill wind farm will power 30,000 homes, never come with the obvious caveat ‘sometimes’, and the rider that we can never say precisely ‘when’ that might be.
Promoters of wind and solar, fixated on the hundreds of $billions thrown at building new capacity, rarely discuss the actual value of all that capacity, in terms of what power consumers want and need most: power, power and more power. Not when the wind is blowing or the sun’s up, but when they actually need it.
Promises and talk don’t keep the lights on. Ask a South Australian.
In this piece, Anthony Cox runs the ruler over claims that SA is well on its way to an all renewable energy future.
It focuses on solar panels, which SA’s deluded Premier, Jay Weatherill is pitching as the saviour to his self-inflicted power pricing and supply calamity.
But, the point is equally applicable to wind power: viz, pin your energy hopes to the weather and expect the results to vary.