Laconic crocodile hunters aside, Australia doesn’t often register in the US of A, but its self-inflicted renewable energy fiasco has clearly placed it on the American radar.
News of wind ‘powered’ South Australia’s statewide blackout in September 2016 rendered it an international laughing stock. It also set it up as an example of what not to do – if you’re serious about powering a viable economy, that is?
On average, Americans pay retail power prices around 1/3 of what South Australians suffer. And they get to enjoy electricity, whatever the weather.
Don Dears ventured Downunder last year and got a first-hand glimpse of an unfolding power pricing and supply calamity. Here’s a short note of what he discovered, and his warning for his fellow Americans.