While the transition from coal and gas in the western world, including Australia, has hit the wall, all the talk in progressive circles is about accelerating the transition with massive expenditure on intermittent generation, transmission lines and storage. Parallel worlds in collision!
Trillions of dollars spent over 20 years have shifted the needle on the share of fossil fuels in gross power output from 86% to 84%!
Mark Mills explains in two 5-minute videos why the green energy transition is not happening
Mark Mills on the limit of wind and solar power
South Australia is the wind-leading state in Australia, they even blew up their last coal stations to prove the point. Now they demonstrate the failure of the green transition because whenever the wind is low, like this morning, they import power and burn a lot of gas, sometimes diesel as well!
Across the NEM at 7am the wind was good, 40% of installed capacity compared with the average of 29% and it was delivering 20% of the demand for power. Coal provided two thirds of demand, hydro 6% and solar 4%.
In SA the wind was 20% of installed capacity, 40% of demand was imported and 35% of local generation was gas.