Renewable Energy ‘Transition’: More Wind Power, Higher Prices, More Blackouts

The chaos that comes with intermittent wind and solar get serious in summer, when demand surges, the sun sets and/or calm weather sets in.

This summer, the barbecue stopper will literally be another round of what’s euphemistically called “demand management”: Soviet era power rationing, an integral part of Australia’s ludicrous attempt to run on sunshine and breezes.

And it won’t just be wind and solar ‘blessed’ South Australians having their demand ‘managed’, the wind and solar obsession that’s consumed Victoria and NSW means that Victorians and the New South Welshmen are guaranteed to enjoy the same fate. For those without portable generators, there will be plenty of opportunities for cold baked beans, in the dark.

Now, as romantic as that sounds, mass load shedding has its deadly serious side (try cracking jokes about power failures with someone living at home on life support).

STT made the point a week or so back – Summer Holiday-Hell: Power Consumers Face Staggering Bill Whenever Wind Power Goes AWOL – here’s Rafe Champion tackling the same topic.

Rafe picks up on the AEMO’s latest blackout warnings (extracted below) to explain why blackouts this Australian summer are a certainty.

STOP THESE THINGS

The chaos that comes with intermittent wind and solar get serious in summer, when demand surges, the sun sets and/or calm weather sets in.

This summer, the barbecue stopper will literally be another round of what’s euphemistically called “demand management”: Soviet era power rationing, an integral part of Australia’s ludicrous attempt to run on sunshine and breezes.

And it won’t just be wind and solar ‘blessed’ South Australians having their demand ‘managed’, the wind and solar obsession that’s consumed Victoria and NSW means that Victorians and the New South Welshmen are guaranteed to enjoy the same fate. For those without portable generators, there will be plenty of opportunities for cold baked beans, in the dark.

Now, as romantic as that sounds, mass load shedding has its deadly serious side (try cracking jokes about power failures with someone living at home on life support).

STT made the point a week or…

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