An Enervating Energy Future


AEMO has had to urgently update and reissue its ironically titled yearly report Electricity Statement of Opportunities. Opportunities, to be clear, which are contingent on destroying Australia’s reliable and cheap energy and replacing it with unreliable and expensive energy.  However, apparently building renewables and battery storage has not gone as speedily as planned. The report issued only in August last year had become outdated.

As Daniel Westerman the CEO of AEMO put it in issuing the updated report on May 21:

Reliability gaps are forecast in all mainland national electric market regions in the next decade…signalling a need for further commitment and delivery of generation, transmission, demand side participation and consumer assets such as batteries that can be orchestrated to grid requirements.

And while this predicable fiasco is happening, wouldn’t you know it. The drilling machine called Florence, tunnelling away as part of the Snowy 2.0 project, on which the climate cultists are hanging their hats, is stuck yet again.  Already years behind schedule and on its way to costing ten times the original estimate of  $2 billion, the project is unlikely ever to be completed. Florence has not yet travelled one kilometre of the fifteen, or is it sixteen, required. It is a sick joke; on us. But back to wind, sun and batteries.

Wind output can and does fall to zero, or close to, for hours on end, for days on end. And the sun god doesn’t do too well of a night or on cloudy, rainy, snowy days. Obviously batteries, even of unheard of size and number, would not go remotely near to filling the gap. School children could do the numbers. Mr Westerman could do the numbers. But he can do no other than shut out reality lest he be cancelled.  Alternatively, maybe  he’s drunk the Kool-Aid? Who knows.

What we do know is that we are a fossil-fuel super power on our way to energy poverty and third world status. But the orchestrators of this enervating future, principally the vacuous Anthony Albanese and the maniacally-obsessive Chris Bowen, are in complete denial.  Is it really happening? Help!


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Charles
Charles
May 25, 2024 9:32 pm

There is currently a major wind drought in SE Australia; Victoria dropping below 1% of consumption at times and less than 2% combined solar and wind (after dark).

https://aemo.com.au/en/energy-systems/electricity/national-electricity-market-nem/data-nem/data-dashboard-nem

Zippster
Zippster
May 25, 2024 11:05 pm

These scum are determined to turn Australia into a shithole

Rossini
Rossini
May 26, 2024 7:33 am

The SFL have as a policy to ditch net zero and look at new generation coal fired power stations.
We need to start building them ASAP.
Forget nuclear why bother with the hassle
Forget “global boiling”
What happens when Trump gets elected and ditches Americas ban
on fossil fuel use
We will be like a stuffed shag on the proverbial rock
6C this morning!

Rossini
Rossini
May 26, 2024 7:34 am

Forgot to add
no sun
no wind!

Roger
Roger
May 26, 2024 7:40 am

But the orchestrators of this enervating future, principally the vacuous Anthony Albanese and the maniacally-obsessive Chris Bowen, are in complete denial. 

Er…Peter, they’re following in the footsteps of John Howard, who commissioned a report on nuclear energy and expanded uranium mining and then declined to act on it, but introduced targets & subsidies for renewables.

That’s when the die was cast.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
May 26, 2024 7:52 am

Im a little confused as to why the spineless jellybacks havent been pointing out to the mong in charge of ruinables that Australia has actually been operating a nuclear facility for about 50 years at Lucas heights, with little apparent safety issues.

https://www.smh.com.au/national/new-nuclear-medicine-factory-to-replace-ageing-site-at-lucas-heights-reactor-20230925-p5e7g8.html

And its due for replacement in 20 years as well.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
May 26, 2024 8:07 am

Read between the lines.
Westerman is in fact putting out the call for state governments to introduce draconian legislation to seize private land for renewable builds.
Yes, they are that desperate.
Watch South Australia – the legislation is first passed there and adopted by other states.

damon
damon
May 26, 2024 8:18 am

Greta demonstrated that the fastest way to raise awareness and get things done is to annoy the kids. Turn off their phones.

alwaysright
alwaysright
May 26, 2024 8:58 am

The image that I have posted shows how laughable it is. I especially like the 59MW contribution from VIK small solar.

Screenshot-from-2024-05-26-08-53-16
Bruce
Bruce
May 26, 2024 9:04 am

The terminal cretinization of the entire Oz body politic continues apace.

How does one “charge-up” these rainbow-flavoured “batteries”?

Unicorn farts?

What is the “efficiency factor” for rectifying transmissible AC to the DC needed to actuality charge said battery?

Ditto the “de-rectification” (inversion) from DC to three-phase PURE sine-wave stuff needed to make the remains of the grid actually WORK?

Details, details?

The Devil is in the detail, as they say in the classix.

And Old Nick will be roaring with laughter at the convergent cupidity and outright malice on display, here.

Muddy
Muddy
May 26, 2024 10:35 am

It is a sick joke; on us.

Those captured by mass psychopathy are unable to experience humour.

This is intentional. It is sabotage.

If you are unwilling or unable to create, to produce, your remaining option – a very satisfying one, existing as you do, cocooned in the affluence of the western first world – is to destroy.

Destruction – redefined as ‘change’ – entails minimal risk, which is why supporting these type of crusades is so popular; by ‘liking’ on faceache, by ranting social; media, by screaming in the street within the safety of a crowd, you are risking nothing of your own wealth. It is society’s wealth you are risking, and you’ve been taught that our society is a bloated evil constructed by demons, so any ‘change’ (redefined destruction) your behaviour contributes to, can only be ‘for the common good.’

Let’s repeat that: Klimate Krusaders, like every other ‘social’ cause passengers, do what they do because there is NO RISK to themselves and their quality of life. There are, in fact, only rewards. Is gerbil worming a big deal in, say, Isl@mic countries? No? Why? Because the perceived risks – the lack of protection from a legal and social welfare system – outweigh the potential rewards.

I truly believe this is a key element which the realists have not considered when choosing effective counter-tactics.

The first step is to identify why the various levels of supporters or enablers are attached to the issue (what perceived benefits do they derive?).

Bruce
Bruce
May 26, 2024 3:51 pm

The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. –

H. L. Mencken.

  1. Digging up prime farmland to get the green revolution fuelled. Note the nice bit at the end about returning the…

  2. Since the invention of electricity there has not been any grid level storage mechanism. There still isn’t. Generation tracks instantaneous…

  3. Our own p*ss poor media continue to allow Labor to say that their renewables are “cheaper” than nuclear, without being able…

  4. Nukes are not needed, wanted, or economically viable at all. If this true, Mont, why is that Germany is never…

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