Crunch Time: Australia’s Self-Inflicted Energy Crisis Down to Wind & Solar Obsession

At the heart of Australia’s self-inflicted power pricing and supply calamity is an obsession with intermittent and unreliable wind and solar.

Mandated and massive subsidies – that those attempting to deliver electricity using nature’s wonder fuels have been wallowing in since the Australian Labor Party seriously upped the RE ante in 2010 – resulted in a rapid expansion of wind and solar generating capacity.

The result has been an unmitigated disaster: rocketing power prices (see Dr Michael Crawford’s simple and elegant graphic above) and a grid on the brink of collapse.

A fortnight back we reported on events in NSW, where daily surges in demand were met with daily collapses in wind and solar output: the former a result of the weather alone; the latter a result of the (cloudy) weather and what’s referred to in adult-circles, as ‘sunset’.

via Crunch Time: Australia’s Self-Inflicted Energy Crisis Down to Wind & Solar Obsession

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