Reality Bites: ‘Green’ Dreamers Struggling to Spin Away South Australia’s Failed Wind Power Experiment

Posted: March 3, 2017 by oldbrew in ideology, turbines, wind
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Reality is catching up with wind power dreamers in South Australia as the public wake up to the truth – via power failures.


alice_in_wonderland17 Fantastic in theory, but reality is another place.


It’s been barely 5 months since South Australia experienced a state wide blackout on 28 September, when a typically vigorous spring storm delivered wind speeds in excess of 90km/h, causing the majority of turbines operating at its 18 wind farms to automatically shutdown to avoid self-destruction. The ensuing collapse in wind power output overloaded the interconnectors with Victoria, which tripped automatically; and thereafter South Australia suffered what is now known as a ‘system black’ (see our post here).

With a string of blackouts during December (see our post here) and mass load shedding during a heat wave when, yet again, wind power output plummeted (see our post here), humour among South Australians is now a rare and treasured commodity.

Inversely related to South Australians’ fury at their power pricing and supply calamity, is the battle that the wind…

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  1. oldbrew says:

    Science deniers in the wind industry
    MARCH 2, 2017

    The human health consequences of manipulated measurements
    By Helen Schwiesow Parker, PhD, LCP

    The problem with wind energy is not just its costly, subsidized, unreliable electricity; the need to back up every megawatt with redundant fossil-fuel power; or its impacts on wildlife and their habitats.

    Infrasound (inaudible) and low-frequency (audible) noise (slowly vibrating sound waves collectively referred to as ILFN) produced by Industrial-scale Wind Turbines (IWTs) directly and predictably cause adverse human health effects. The sonic radiation tends to be amplified within structures, and sensitivity to the impact of the resonance increases with continuing exposure.

  2. oldbrew says:

    Hull welcomes wind turbine worshippers – not unrelated to Siemens having a big factory making them on its doorstep…

    BBC: Huge rotor blade artwork installed in Hull for City of Culture 2017

    The artwork [sic] was transported from the Siemens factory on Alexandra Dock, where it was made, through the city overnight in a complex operation.

    More than 50 items of street furniture had to be removed to allow it to reach the square.

    By ‘street furniture’ they mean road signs, lampposts etc.

  3. Graeme No.3 says:

    Friday 3rd. Explosion at Torrens Island power station as it is returned to service after shutdown causing a “ripple” of supply interruption across the State (just enough to reset digital clocks etc.).
    In an updated statement on Saturday afternoon, the company said one of the two damaged connection points were anticipated to be fixed by late Sunday.
    It also said the second connection point would take about two weeks to replace. Each connection point when repaired will reconnect 200 megawatts of generation capacity to the network.
    It said an incident in its switchyard, adjacent to the Torrens Island Power Station B, caused three of the station’s four generating units to trip and resulted in about 400 megawatts of generation being disconnected.
    At the same time, 220 megawatts of power from Pelican Point Power Station was also tripped.

    South Australian Treasurer (and Minister for Energy) Tom Koutsantonis on Friday evening appealed to the public to reduce energy usage e.g. by setting air-conditioning at 26℃.

    The state was able to import power from Victoria via the Heywood interconnector (after scheduled up-grading works over the WE were postponed).
    South Australian Treasurer (Tom the Silly Koot) said renewable energy helped the state through yesterday’s troubles. He didn’t mention that Saturday was the coolest day for a week and Sunday is forecast to be the only day in a fortnight below 30℃.

    So far the Labor incompetents have blamed the Federal Government, other State governments, the PRIVATE owner of the power network, the PRIVATE owners of convenional power stations, the Regulatory authority AEMO, the PRIVATISATION of the electricity supply by the Liberal Govt. in 1998 (avoiding the question as to why they sold it to pay off debt leftover from the previous Labor government), the flocks of flying pigs reducing output from solar panels and unicorns not farting enough to drive the wind farms. Well, the last two are being held in reserve in case the public start asking why they shouldn’t blame the Labor government.

  4. hunter says:

    This article inspires the question: Why should a society that allegedly cares for its people have to depend on the weather for it’s power supply?

  5. oldbrew says:

    hunter – perhaps because too many elected politicians prefer ideology to reality when it comes to electricity supplies.

    Or at least we’re calling it ideology but it might be something else :/