Why Subsidised Wind & Solar Are Sending South Africa’s Power Prices Into Orbit

Rocketing power prices and grid instability are two inescapable consequences of subsidised wind and solar. While sunshine and breezes might be free, attempting to run your power system using nature’s gifts, brings with it a raft of other costs which RE zealots tend to gloss over.

The electricity generation and distribution system – which wind and solar power are meant to completely replace – is one that was designed to work all on its lonesome; no mythical mega-batteries; no load shedding when the wind drops or the sun sets; no prayers to the wind gods; no fuss; and no failures that can’t be fixed in an engineering jiffy.

The same can’t be said of the unreliables, which always and everywhere depend upon the system as it was – one built on ever-reliable coal, gas, nuclear and hydro (where its available). But STT is referring to a system that works, always has and always will. On the other hand, those seeking to profit from the wind and solar scam claim keep talking about a new ‘system’; when, in reality, all they’ve got to offer is chaos. And chaos costs.

Rob Jeffrey takes a look at how South Africa’s obsession with subsidised wind and solar is laying that cost squarely at the feet of South African power consumers and taxpayers.

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Rocketing power prices and grid instability are two inescapable consequences of subsidised wind and solar. While sunshine and breezes might be free, attempting to run your power system using nature’s gifts, brings with it a raft of other costs which RE zealots tend to gloss over.

The electricity generation and distribution system – which wind and solar power are meant to completely replace – is one that was designed to work all on its lonesome; no mythical mega-batteries; no load shedding when the wind drops or the sun sets; no prayers to the wind gods; no fuss; and no failures that can’t be fixed in an engineering jiffy.

The same can’t be said of the unreliables, which always and everywhere depend upon the system as it was – one built on ever-reliable coal, gas, nuclear and hydro (where its available). But STT is referring to a system that works, always…

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