Wind power debacle: South Australia an international joke

Posted: August 16, 2016 by oldbrew in Incompetence
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Renewable energy: fantasy meets reality in South Australia and it’s not pretty, as STT reports.


tom koutsantonis2 Tom Koutsantonis: the ‘Joker’ in the pack, but SA isn’t laughing.


South Australia is, thanks to its ludicrous attempt to run on sunshine and breezes, now on the World stage: for all the wrong reasons.

With total and totally unpredictable collapses in its wind power output, SA is now accustomed to routine load-shedding (dropping suburbs and whole regions off the grid to keep the rest running) and the odd state-wide blackout. Then there’s the small matter of retail power prices which, for businesses have doubled in 12 months and which are all set to double again.

A suite of consequences which have energy experts around the globe quietly giggling and saying ‘we told you so’. One of them is London based Senior Research Analyst with the World Nuclear Association, Ian Hore-Lacy.

Here’s the yarn being spun from London about South Australia’s perfectly avoidable energy calamity.

South Australia’s green dream…

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  1. Poly says:

    Ahh, South Australia, the failed isolated state and backside of the world.
    The current generation of elites are hacks, educated to a poor standard in a fetid leftist tertiary education system devoid of any outside ideas.
    Their migrant parents were overpaid and unproductive workers making bad motor cars and other products in a protected industrial system. Despite their cushy protected jobs, they clung to the worst kind of pre-war confrontational and entitled union work attitude from their old counties.
    This bizarre time-warp middle class faux-socialism has been passed on their children who are now the new elites, and they are hell bent on following every socialist fad from overseas in an orgy of economic suicide.
    The circus is complete with a Treasurer who has learnt nothing from his education and is merely reverting to the worst economic traits of his heritage.

  2. oldbrew says:

    SA voters may well remember those power cuts next time elections are held.

  3. tchannon says:

    And that’s without faults, double faults, terrorist action, etc.

    Oh, and weather.

  4. tom0mason says:

    Meanwhile Britain goes ahead with the Hornsea Two project for their own ‘World beating’ green dream…

    Britain has affirmed its place as number one in the stupidity stakes!
    Yes the evidence is clear with the utter idiocy of giving the go ahead to create the world’s largest folly in the shape of an offshore windfarm, called Hornsea Project Two.

    The Government is making £100s of millions of financial support available (aka other people’s money) for ruinous electricity grid system degeneration with the consent of Parliament, sending a clear signal to tricksters and conmen everywhere — the UK is open for crony-capitalist business dealing.

  5. oldbrew says:

    Re Hornsea Two:

    ‘The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds says offshore wind farms are vital if the UK is to cut its carbon footprint but believes Hornsea Project Two poses an “unacceptably high risk to seabirds that nest on the Yorkshire coast”.

    It says research work monitoring satellite-tracked seabirds shows how Hornsea Project Two would be directly in the flight path of threatened gannets and kittiwakes and, in combination with other North Sea wind farms, poses an “unacceptable level of threat” to the birds as well as having potential impacts on guillemots, razorbills and puffins.’

    Saying ‘offshore wind farms are vital if the UK is to cut its carbon footprint’ might be true if the power was continuous or could be stored, but as neither is the case we have to have alternatives at the ready i.e. running on low power, for all the times when wind conditions are unfavourable. Ask South Australia how that’s going for them.

  6. Graeme No.3 says:

    There are intelligent people who have passed through the South Australian Education system. There the ones who move interstate or overseas.
    I am also wondering about your claim that the Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis was educated. Have you any actual evidence of this? If he was then he seems to have discarded or forgotten it.

  7. p.g.sharrow says:

    A very good example of “Educated beyond their Intelligence” or brainwashed.
    “Those that can, will learn. Those that can not, must be taught.” pg
    Unfortunately once taught, they can not relearn from the mistakes of others.
    ROM, “Read Only Memories” or as Lenin said “useful Idiots”…pg

  8. Poly says:

    oldbrew says;
    “SA voters may well remember those power cuts next time elections are held”.
    Oldbrew, there is not much hope in that. The middle class leftist pseudo-socialist elites have been in power so long that they have gerrymandered the process to suit themselves.
    The Australian describes it very well;
    “In Australian politics a two-party preferred vote of 53 per cent is a landslide. In the 2013 federal election, for instance, the Coalition won a crushing victory with 53.5 per cent of the vote, and in the 2014 Victorian state election Labor won a comfortable majority with nine more seats than the Coalition (11 counting two Greens seats) after taking less than 52 per cent of the vote. Yet in the same year, the South Australian Liberal Party won 53 per cent of the popular vote and stayed in opposition. This was not an isolated occurrence; the South Australian Liberals have won the two-party preferred vote in three of the past four elections yet languished the whole time in opposition”.
    South Australia is well on its way to being the failed Greece-type state of Australia, with the perfect Treasurer to manage the transition.

  9. oldbrew says:


    ‘Electricity in South Australia $265 per MWhr as they fire up the diesel gensets.’

    Is this what British politicians want here?

  10. oldbrew says:

    South Australian Debacle Shows Wind Power a ‘Proven Failure’

    ‘South Australia is suffering from a power crisis because it has shuttered so many coal plants in favor of wind.’

    Sounds a lot like UK energy policy…when will they ever learn?

    ‘Australia Considers Banning Wind Power Because It’s Causing Blackouts’