South Australia’s Renewable Energy Fiasco: Wind ‘Powered’ State to Run On Diesel-Fuelled Jet Engines

Posted: August 15, 2017 by oldbrew in Critique, Energy, government, ideology
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As stopthesethings sums it up: ‘Third World outcomes with First World costs’. But will other renewables-mad governments take any notice?


Diesel-fuelled jet engines: what promises to power
SA this summer and next summer and ..

If South Australia were a novel, it would find itself a place amongst the classic tragic comedies.

For a while the bromance between its vapid Premier, Jay Weatherill and Californian carpetbagger, Elon Musk might’ve earned a place in the ‘rom/com’ category, as well.

However, now that Jay Weatherill is determined to keep the lights on this Summer and beyond using diesel fuelled jet engines – instead of powering SA with sunshine and breezes captured and stored lovingly in Musk’s mega-batteries – that romance is clearly at an end.

South Australia generating electricity from rubbish and diesel powered jets, if they could only burn government regulations instead
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Jo Nova
9 August 2017

A little update on our favourite green state.

SA tries to fix a Big-Government mess with a Bigger Government: Man-made regulations created…

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  1. c777 says:

    Naked man switches off Wind Turbine in Sweden, well it would be Sweden would it not, anyhow, seemingly it caused some local power disruption?
    That’s the interesting bit.

  2. Graeme No.3 says:

    It sounds so pointless and merely causing the perpetuator some publicity that I assumed that it was the Premier of South Australia Jay Weatherill. It seems not, as he was in Adelaide (& other sites) making yet another ridiculous decision; this time “the World’s biggest solar heat plant” at Pt. Augusta.
    This has a nominal capacity of 150MW and will supposedly generate 695GW in a year, which it might do if it could run at maximum capacity for slightly over 12 hours a day!
    Pt. Augusta is a sunny place but clear sunny days average around 142 a year and around 3000-3200 hours of sunshine per annum.
    Port Augusta is the site of the coal fired power stations hastily demolished by the State government when they shut down (before the State suffered the series of blackouts). 520MW.
    However the new plant is supposed to supply electricity at $A78 per MWh maximum. Even if the price included $82 for renewable energy Certificates under the Australia RET it would take about 22 years to repay borrowings (at 1% interest) and capital.
    So either SolarReserve (the builder of Crescent Dunes at Tonopah in Nevada) doesn’t know what they are doing or Premier Weatherill is being ‘economical with the facts’ and the true cost will only be announced after the coming election (March 2018). The poor (and getting poorer) citizens of South Australia aren’t betting on the first possibility.

  3. tom0mason says:

    It is indeed a shame that within the experimental engineering project called South Australia, Jay Weatherill has taken the decision to move away from the main event of powering the whole state with ‘green power’, and opted for the dirty fossil fuel.
    Now how are others supposed to assess and understand the full implications of running whole Western nations on ‘renewables’ when he has so defiantly turn away from them?
    Makes you wonder who is running the experiment — the Greens or the oil companies.

    My condolences to the good citizen of SA, normal services should be restored in a generation or two.

  4. tom0mason says:

    Thankfully South Australia has returned to Green (in)sanity and is now proposing a solar concentration plant.

    A company called SolarReserve is planning to build the new Aurora 150MW solar thermal plant at Port Augusta, which is apparently a copy of their Crescent Dunes plant in the US. But that project has been offline for most of the time since last October. The whole SA government is meant to be running 24/7 off “solar power”, which allegedly only has about 8 hours of energy stored up (as heat in the molten salt block). So an 8 month break will be a bit of problem for the SA government (except of course, we all know that the real baseload backup here at 4 or 5am everyday, and most of the day in winter, is ultimately the very fossilized gas and coal.) Since the project only began working in Sept 2015 it managed to operate for all of one year and one month before it went offline for 8 months due to a leak. The SA State Energy Minister is not concerned saying it was a construction issue and SolarReserve “have learnt from that”.

    Apparently ‘future generations’ will benefit well from this plant’s trickle of electricity at a cost of at least twice price of current rate. One of the side effects of this type of plant is the frying of birds in flight.

  5. oldbrew says:

    CSP projects are not cheap. An analysis by Lazard last year showed the average levelized cost of CSP was more than twice the cost of utility-scale solar PV: $119 to $181/MWh compared to $50 to $60/MWh.