Surviving the power tipping point


Watch the RE crash dummies hitting the wall!

SOUTH AUSTRALIA, GERMANY, BRITAIN, CALIFORNIA, TEXAS

In summary, the major strategies appear to be importing power and deindustrializing. The first move will only last while other places have got conventional power to spare and the second is not likely to be popular.

More details in preparation, but feel free to comment anyway:)


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kneel
kneel
October 5, 2023 10:20 am

The question: who will be thrown under the bus when the brown stuff hits the rotating thing?

Petros
Petros
October 5, 2023 11:03 am

Are they really moving away from this claptrap in the UK?

wal1957
wal1957
October 5, 2023 11:37 am

The public are just now starting to understand that unreliables are not cheap as was promised by politicians/activists of all persuasions.

Bring on the blackouts!
The sooner they occur, the sooner the apathetic or badly informed public will realise that unreliables are just that…unreliable.
Only when the public are hurt in the pocket or have to endure cold dinners by candlelight will they realise the folly of this madness.

Rohan
Rohan
October 5, 2023 12:57 pm

kneel, it’ll be Bowen with a bit of luck. But I won’t hold my breath with the nasty Marxist midget Goblin. The cold hard reality is, it will be the senior power engineers who’ve been screaming at Bowen and the AEMO to try stop this insanity.

Aaron
Aaron
October 5, 2023 2:18 pm

Not much hope really.

When the Chinese move into making electric cars.

And people actually buy them.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
October 5, 2023 3:02 pm

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Aaron
Oct 5, 2023 2:18 PM

Not much hope really.

When the Chinese move into making electric cars.

And people actually buy them.

EV kidnaps the driver at 30 mph, runs amok

By Jo Nova

And you thought your last software crash was bad

Brian Morrison ended up a prisoner in his own new MG electric car that wouldn’t stop. He could steer, but the brakes didn’t work, and he couldn’t turn it off. At one point he threw the car keys into the police van driving beside him, which had come to help, but even that didn’t stop the motor. This was not meant to be a self-driving car.

Tragedy was averted this time because it was 10:30 at night, the road was empty and the police had time to stop it. But what if this fault occurred in normal traffic and the EV drove through a red light, or a pedestrian?

By Rory Tingle at The Daily Mail:

I was kidnapped by my runaway electric car

Terrified motorist, 53, reveals his new £30,000 MG ZS EV ‘began driving itself’ after suffering ‘catastrophic malfunction’ – forcing him to dial 999 and crash it into a police van to get it to stop

Brian Morrison, 53, claims he was heading home from work at around 10pm on Sunday when his new Chinese-made fully electric car began driving itself at 30mph.

‘I have mobility issues, so I couldn’t even jump out – I was completely trapped inside the car going at 30mph.

‘So eventually three police vehicles arrived and were driving in front of me and behind me.

Mr Morrison said: ‘After trying to shut the car down, my entire dashboard lit up with faults, and then it all went away after a second and just had a big red car symbol that said “drive safely, stop driving immediately” or something.

After the car was forcibly stopped it still launched itself forward if given the chance. The RAC mechanic plugged in his diagnostic machine and declared it had “pages of faults” and wasn’t game to turn the engine on.

Before we thank our lucky stars that it worked out OK, we have to ask: how do we know this hasn’t happened before? It was the first time the emergency call centre had dealt with this issue, but if the EV had crashed and killed the driver before they could call, would the accident investigation squad even look for software bugs, or would they just say “they ran the red light”?

David says: “Never trust a computer you can’t throw out the window”.*

Coming soon to electric cars:

The Beer whisperer
The Beer whisperer
October 5, 2023 3:20 pm

Bring on the blackouts!

Hopefully on the hottest day in years
I can cope with it, but the young ‘uns will be literally dying from complaining.

Consequences, good and hard.

mareeS
mareeS
October 5, 2023 9:20 pm

Spouse and I have the origins of Australian energy production within our families, from first settlement. His convict ancestor arrived in 1788 aboard the HMS Alexander, and in 1797 was sent from Sydney to Coal River (Newcastle) for further punishment to dig the first coal found in the colony, and hence the origin of our mining industry. Down the generations, mining and engineering have contributed on both sides to our present via immigration from the British Isles.

The true energy history of Australia began on the Hunter River, and here it continues, regardless of the silly types University of Newcastle is producing these days. Ian Plimer must despair of what came afterwards from his former faculty.

On my sunrise walk, I smile as two bulk carriers pass each morning, entering and leaving the port, regular as clockwork. About 1.30pm, the same movements happen, then late afternoon, and we hear the horns sounding near midnight as they enter and leave the main channel. This is the rhythm of the coal chain in Newcastle.

No. 1 son works on the other coast in the Pilbara, same chain in iron ore.

Mining and energy are Australia’s past, present and future, regardless of green morons.

mareeS
mareeS
October 5, 2023 9:39 pm

Addendum: In my early youth in 1960s our homes had one overhead light per room, and most of our heating and cooking was from gas, yet we experienced regular brownouts and blackouts. It was an intensive build of modern coal-fired power stations in the late 1960s, accelerated by Labor’s Neville Wran in the late 1970s, that secured power for industry and domestic purposes.

I interviewed Wran on his regular visits to the Hunter about his enthusiastic support for the region as the NSW powerhouse for his ambitions for NSW, all built on coal generation and exports. He drove it. What wimps we have now in politics.

mareeS
mareeS
October 5, 2023 9:41 pm

(Yes, I know. Wran…).

Duc de Normandie
October 6, 2023 9:40 am

I’m back in Old Blighty Rafe, and I’d say there’s a change in progress. Sunak is responding to ordinary decent people who are ‘getting a bit miffed’ at expensive electricity, bans on diesel cars, gas boilers and cookers, windmills killing birds and whales, not drilling for North Sea oil and gas.

Once the English stir themselves they won’t give up. The Scots are angry too, so the SNP are in trouble. Good.

You’re right about the Climate Act, introduced by the last Labour Government in 2009. But our Parliament can remove as well as bring in laws.

On EVs, the only people buying them are fleets (hire, lease, company cars) but not normal people. A few poseurs too of course and wealthy retirees with too much money.

Sunak may try to put the cork back in if he wins next year, but I doubt it. I expect Year Zero to be dropped like the high speed rail fandango.

Almost forget, Britain’s largest trade union is making noises about windmills and ‘where are all these green jobs’, other than collecting dead birds floating in the sea?

Roger
Roger
October 6, 2023 5:00 pm

Sunak may try to put the cork back in if he wins next year, but I doubt it.

He won’t dare if Kemi Badenoch has anything to say about it!

Duc de Normandie
October 6, 2023 7:48 pm

I hope so Roger. I like Kemi and Suella. I also think Pritti Patel is good. And Liz Truss is a classical liberal.

The blokes? Not so much. Hunt, Schnapps and a few others are mediocre and ‘not one of us’.

Yet I hesitate because of the damage wrought by women in high office: Hillary Clinton, Julia Gillard, Theresa May, Angela Merkel, the feminist government of Sweden as was. Indeed, all of our institutions, government departments, councils, media, universities, schools, banks, the National Trust … have been captured by women. It’s not looking good!

Gabor
Gabor
October 7, 2023 4:04 am

mareeS
Oct 5, 2023 9:41 PM

(Yes, I know. Wran…).

In those days, labor was more right wing than our so called ‘conservatives’ are now.

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