Yes we can, fancy that, what if we stopped to think about this and learned from overseas experience?
Homes across Perth and WA’s south face widespread blackouts within a few years according to a bombshell report that calls for urgent upgrades to the system to accommodate rocketing levels of renewable energy.
The Australian Energy Market Operator, which runs the south-west electricity market, said there was now so much solar power flooding into the grid at certain times the system risked becoming “inoperable”.
And we can put the coal-fired power stations out of business at the same time!
The data show the extent to which Synergy’s business is being buffeted by surging levels of green power in the South West interconnected system, led by rooftop solar, of which about 1000MW has been installed.
It also coincided with a report from the Australian Energy Market Operator which said Synergy faced big increases in costs as its coal-plants were increasingly stopped and started to cope with the influx of renewable energy.
AEMO also noted that stopping and starting coal plants increased the risk of units tripping in the run-up to the evening peak when solar power tapered off, potentially leaving consumers vulnerable. With cheap renewable energy flooding the system at various times of the day, Muja and Collie are increasingly being pushed out of the market.