The debate surrounding Australia’s energy crisis is occupied by two camps: deluded zealots and pragmatic realists.
STT sits with the latter: we couldn’t care less whether electricity was generated using doggie doo, provided it’s available and affordable, to all-comers.
Australia, as the world’s third largest exporter of uranium, ought to be throwing its money and muscle behind nuclear power generation. Alas, a band of intellectual infants conspired to place legislative bans (both state and federal) on nuclear power.
While gas provides a reasonable fuel-source for reliable power generation, Australia suffers a domestic shortage and, in power-generation, the supplies are generally reserved for the operation of highly-inefficient and expensive to run Open Cycle Gas Turbines. In this wind and solar obsessed country, OCGTs and even less efficient diesel generators are used to plug the gaps caused by tricky little issues like sunset and calm weather (see above).
Which leaves coal as the only cheap and readily available fuel source, that’s capable of powering Australia 24 x 365.
The cult that promotes wind and solar keep telling us that the days of coal are over. Indeed, the more deluded claim that coal is already dead.
Except that around 80% of Australia’s electricity is generated using coal and, elsewhere, the rush is on to build hundreds of coal-fired power plants: because the power they produce is cheap and they work.