Audrey Zibelman of the AEMO points the way…

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Audrey Zibelman, the improbable green-lawyer manager of our National Energy Market claims her advice is not biased towards renewables. This is the same Zibelman who tells us that “resisting the energy transition is like trying to resist the internet.” As if governments had to legislate “An Internet Target” and mandate we do 16% of our shopping online. The same Zibelman believes “we’re the last generation on earth who can really do something about climate change.” She thinks she’s changing global weather with our power grid. By 2100 historians will have people rolling in the aisles with that one. What were they thinking?*

Ms Zibelman and the others driving this line need to pay more attention to the hourly performance of Wind and Other on her Data Dashboard, to the number of coal-fired plants under construction around the world and the Green Energy Transition in Germany. It is not as though we are lacking the benefit of information and experience from other places (like California).

FWIW Wind and Other are delivering about 11% of demand. The best in recent days was not much more than that with full sunshine and mostly it was much less. We could build ten or twenty times as much Wind and Other but there will still be bad days (not to mention nights) and storage remains the elephant in the renewable room. Oh and the capital expenditure to provide ten times as much plated capacity for unreliable energy. What is the storage capacity required to cover the days when W&O are under 5%? Is it a massive array of Musk batteries (at what cost) or more multi-billion Snowy schemes? I almost forgot – diesel generators:)

And she has support from Jennifer Westacott in The Australian today. “NEG our panacea”.

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25 Responses to Audrey Zibelman of the AEMO points the way…

  1. stackja

    Who pays their energy bill?

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    Ms Zibelman should look at the climate data.

    The average global temperature for the first 6 months of this year is below those months of 2002. So apart from the occasional el Nino there’s been no global warming for 16 years. Yet pCO2 has risen by 10% in the atmosphere in that time. The CO2 rise has caused no discernible warming.

    Therefore her belief that we have to “do something about climate change” is erroneous. We need do nothing at all, and any cost we impose on ourselves for solving a non-problem is a moral crime against the people.

    The reason of course is that most of the warming last century was natural. About 45% was due to the solar modulation of cloud cover and another 40% due to the ~60 year ocean cycle. Both have now reversed from warming to neutral/cooling influences, which is why the global temperature has been flat.

    The global warming emperor has no clothes.

  3. Roger

    What were they thinking?

    And who hired her?

  4. RobK

    All will be saved because now there’s an app for that. It can power steelworks and aluminium smelters.

  5. Rob MW

    Audrey Zibelman, the improbable green-lawyer manager of our National Energy Market claims her advice is not biased towards renewables.

    That’s half the truth, the other half of the truth is that she’s full of bullshit.

  6. Indolent

    And who hired her?

    Malcolm Turnbull, who else. With her track record he knew exactly what he was getting and she is delivering exactly what he wanted. She was talking about “managed consumption” before she even started. She not interested in providing electricity, cheap or otherwise. She’s interested in reducing our access to it.

  7. Delta

    @ Rob MW.

    Spot on with your comment. We are witnessing an echo chamber full of fools all of whom will quietly disappear from the scene just after the electricity grid has been destroyed along with all major Australian industry.

    Expect Ziebelman to return home to good old USA.

  8. amortiser

    I’m doesn’t matter how much wind capacity they build in SA, they have a self imposed limit of about 1GWH.
    When generation reaches this level they shut down turbines. It’s bizaare.

  9. Tom

    On behalf of the Australian public after a decade of energy price-gouging by the spivs and crooks of the government subsidy-mining sector — overseen by Lord Trumble, their bought and paid-for bumboy in the Lodge — I have had a gutful of Democratic Party apparachiks like Miss Zibelman spreading their plunder of the public purse Down Under, who are now unemployable in America after POTUS45 blew up their climate house of cards.

    Pharque off back home and get a real job in the real economy, you parasite. Your only contribution to Australian history will be in the chapter on carpetbaggers who somehow kept out of jail.

  10. JohnL

    Ms Zibelman should look at the climate data.

    The average global temperature for the first 6 months of this year is below those months of 2002. So apart from the occasional el Nino there’s been no global warming for 16 years. Yet pCO2 has risen by 10% in the atmosphere in that time.

    Could Ms Zibelman “read” the climate data? If she could read, could she comprehend the “climate data”? There is a difference between being able to read and being able to comprehend.
    Obviously, global warming (or cooling) is no problem. It is the rise (alarming) in CO2 that is the problem that needs to be solved.
    Urgently!!!!!!

  11. Can’t wait for this pointless government to be destroyed at the polls. The following three years of Shorten will do a lot of damage but it will lead to the coalition finding its true roots again and an electorate finally convinced of the stupidity of trying to base an electricity market on unicorn farts!

  12. H B Bear

    Expect Ziebelman to return home to good old USA.

    Apart from the guy at Boral has there ever been a decent US CEO in Australia? Chainsaw Al anyone?

  13. PB

    Zibelman.

    Every f….n time. Damn Muslims, Amish whatever.

  14. amortiser


    Take out the state summaries except for SA and leave just the subtotal and you can clearly see what they are doing with wind generation there. When it reaches 70% of nameplate or about 1GWH they intervene.

  15. Mark M

    You read more and more about peak oil demand these days, and less and less about peak oil …

    Peak Oil Demand Could Be Less Than 2 Decades Away
    https://www.fool.com/investing/2018/07/21/peak-oil-demand-could-be-less-than-2-decades-away.aspx

  16. RobK

     When it reaches 70% of nameplate or about 1GWH they intervene.
    There are constraints on the distribution grid as to how much wobbly power it can transmit safely, and ancillory services need to be met by spinning reserve. Often the SA local demand is around the 1GW.
    As RE penetration increases, its capacity factor will further decrease. All infrastructure will be under utilized in an attempt at reliabilty. Idiots.

  17. H B Bear

    And she has support from Jennifer Westacott in The Australian today. “NEG our panacea”.

    The only thing worse than an industry group of rent seekers is one headed by a woman.

  18. duncanm

    1996: Carlson School of Management Executive MBA
    1980 – 1983: Hamline University School of Law Doctor of Law (JD)
    1974 – 1977: Penn State University Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

    Says it all, really.

  19. Amadeus

    None so blind, belligerent and (in my opinion criminally culpable) as those unwilling to concede that even the “official data” tells volumes of the real world outcome of green energy and end user costs.
    Zibelman, et al., along with the clearly ignorant and irrelevant (in this discussion) Westacott, have no inkling of the economic damage and the unsustainable costs on household and businesses from the ludicrous plunge into solar, wind & other. It must be great to have a job where your energy bill is either paid for by the taxpayer or it is little more than pocket money, Ms Zibelman.
    Solar, wind and other are taking Australia back to the dark ages on the pretence worshipping at the green shrine will overcome all the odds and Australia’s over-optimistic heavy lifting will reverse global change. Yeah, right.
    Turnbull should be drawn and quartered, and his gaggle of sycophantic wimps should be crucified along with him. It doesn’t take an economics, law or engineering degree to work out things are rotten in our energy system, and that promises of cost reductions are complete, irresponsible fantasy.
    Australia shoots itself in the head while those taking our coal laugh at our stupidity and hypocrisy as they ignore Paris and build coal fired power generators faster than we can deliver our massive coal reserves to them on a plate and for the cost of “a round of drinks..”.
    How much more hurt does the community have to put up with from this inept Prime Minister, Labor and the Greens?

  20. Confused Old Misfit

    We no longer live in anything resembling a democracy. When the source of energy you use is mandated by a religion rather than physics you are not free.

    Withdraw support for anyone in any government who continues to believe in “climate change” and renewable energy.

    (my bold)
    David Bidstrup in another post.
    It’s the only way.

  21. Dr Faustus

    The AEMO dashboard is being misused. Before too long it will need to vanish behind a firewall, to be accessible only by members of the rent seeker cartel.

  22. Roger

    Apart from the guy at Boral has there ever been a decent US CEO in Australia?

    It’s just like colonial days when we were sent the idiot sons of the British upper classes.

  23. Genghis

    Just ask Audrey has she seen the data for the last thirteen days of April 2018. Total Wind generation worked at less than () 25% of the time. That’s a effing lot of battery, solar backup to be put in place, but we the gulable public will front the cost, won’t we?
    Just built SMR where the infrastructure is, lower the cost of electricity and have reliable dispatchable electricity for Flim Flams desal plant and excess power to charge all the electric cars we soon will HAVE to buy.

  24. Rafe Champion

    Ghengis that must be 25% of plated capacity, what does that translate into in terms of % of demand?
    What is the total of plated capacity (roughly)?

    Nice point Dr Faustus, they are asking for trouble having that information open to the public, I am sending messages to radio shock jocks to get their listeners onto it. No response yet. It seems such an obvious thing to do to raise awareness, with a bit of coaching on interpreting the numbers.

  25. Rafe Champion

    This site is highly recommended as well for tracking the use of wind etc.

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