Sleepwalking into the dark in the Deep South

Another heads up from Jo Nova on the danger of power failure in the south thanks to Daniel Andrews and Jay Weatherill.

To stop that from occurring, the AEMO has sourced emergency energy reserves, which are typically not available to the market and are only accessed when supply is not keeping up with demand.

Those emergency reserves — otherwise known as Reliability and Emergency Reserve Trader (RERT) resources — do not come cheap.

Can someone remind us of the strategies that the Tasmanians pursued when the dams ran low after selling too much power to Victoria? I seem to recall a lot of diesel generators including literally a shipload on a vessel moored nearby.

And a bonus, an exploding solar house in a mandatory solar development in the ACT (where would you expect?).

ActewAGL partnered with Denman Prospect developer Capital Estate Developments to supply solar to the first 350 houses in the new suburb, where each household must have a three-kilowatt solar power system as a minimum.

Anita Chatfield and Lizzie Christiansen, who live on the same street as the display home, called for an independent review of systems across the suburb to ensure they were safe.

Both women said components of the solar power systems in their garages have heated up to a point where they were worried a fire could break out.

“It’s like touching a kettle after it’s finished boiling,” Ms Chatfield said.

Nothing to see there.

The spokeswoman said an ACT government electrical inspector looked at the system in question on June 25 last year and found no defects.

An ACT government spokeswoman said the Denman Prospect fire was an isolated incident and would not be investigated further.

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26 Responses to Sleepwalking into the dark in the Deep South

  1. John Constantine

    Mass Hysteria posing as enviromental concern.

  2. Biota

    Another ‘lone wolf’ excuse.

  3. md

    Big firms get $50m in bid to keep lights on
    That’s the AEMO plan, but, in addition, I recall reading that a state government paid a large power consumer to suspend operations during the summer heatwave in 2016, I think it was. The state government refused to disclose how much it paid. Did someone keep the details of that story?

    By the way, notice the quaint use of language in the linked article? Paying companies not to use power is described as contracting them to supply power. How amusing.

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  5. Herodotus

    Self government for the ACT, really just a large regional city, has been “an isolated incident” that should never be tried again anywhere in Australia.

  6. egg_

    El cheapo Solar burning down houses would be KRuddy’s Pink Batts Mk.II.

  7. egg_

    Mass Hysteria posing as enviromental concern.

    Whipped up by our own home grown Gore-like Malthusians.

  8. John Constantine

    ““China knew, very well, that the federal position was not to sign an MOU,” Mr Jennings told SBS News.

    “So by [China] going to the Victorian state government, I really think that what we have is Beijing shopping around to find an answer that it prefers. And frankly, this amounts to a type of interference in Australia’s political system.”
    ‘A secret deal’

    Mr Andrews had been resisting calls from Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Victoria’s opposition leader Matthew Guy to make the deal public before the November 24 election.”

    Even turnbull and bishop were too ashamed to sign up to one belt one road one way–and these quisling orcs sold the port of Darwin to the Tyrant on the sly without telling America.

    The Tyrant of all the chicoms knew the federal government would not openly sign up, so the chicoms went looking for a back door from the scummiest most treacherous state they could use as a loophole.

    The godless commo scum of victoria are too big to fail, so the feds get dragged into whatever economic genocide the yarragrad traitors can sign up for.

    In secrecy.

    On the quiet.

    In Shame.

    Comrade Maaaaates.

    If any australian politician gets a personal fortune or goes on the chicom payroll out of this we must bring back hanging.

  9. John Constantine

    Signing up to force the victorian proles to buy mass numbers of chicom solar panels as the victorian government prepares to dynamite our own already paid for coal power plants won’t be outlined in print, but we all know what a nod and a wink means between Maaaaaates.

  10. John Constantine

    Time for a :

    Fair Dinkum Exit.

    (A Fair Dinxit)

    Fair Dinx.

    How about a chart of what we have been unswerving committed to, who signed the capitulation, who their biggest donors are and the changes in wealth of the signorcs and their donorpimps.

    Let Landsharks run your economy and you gonna get bit.

    Comrade Maaaaates.

  11. Rockdoctor

    Just curious, couldn’t the Fed’s pull s51 of the Constitution in this Victorian Fiasco with the Chicoms? Force it out into the open or veto it…

  12. Tasmania held an ace, in the form of a 208 MW combined cycle generator that fortunately had not yet been vandalized by politicians who do not understand the business.

  13. TFX

    From a news report in the Australian last year:
    “Victoria’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade has responded to more than 40 fires caused by home solar power systems in the past five years and warned that it would take years to understand the fire risk posed by lithium ion battery storage.
    The MFB said the solar installations were vulnerable to faults across their systems, including isolation switches, inverters and installed wiring, and from deteriorating components.
    The alarming figures come as the solar battery storage industry pushes to kill new regulations that would force homeowners to build a separate “fire bunker” housing for battery installations.”
    I would bet that the ACT bureaucracy are not up to speed with what is required for safety.

  14. hzhousewife

    How is the Insurance Industry positioning themselves on this?

  15. Mark M

    How is the Insurance Industry positioning themselves on this?

    “Insurance giant IAG has warned a failure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could result in a world that is “pretty much uninsurable”, with poorer communities likely to bear the brunt of the effects“

    [Global Warming] on track to make world ‘uninsurable’: IAG

  16. Mark M:
    Are the insurance companies going to weasel out of their contracts if the panels burn up?

  17. H B Bear

    Democracy. Good and hard.

  18. TFX

    Mark M, Winston Smith, hzhousewife
    If Standards Australia impose or have imposed new standards for battery storage, then houses not complying could have their fire insurance voided.

  19. Rebel with cause

    I think Tas they used hundreds of containerised generators, mostly that burn diesel and probably also some that burn natural gas. There is also the cost of not just renting these generators, but hard-wiring them into the grid and then God-forbid, actually having to fire them up and run them.

  20. Fred

    I look forward to the lights going out in Melbourne.

    It’s going to be just like The Purge.

  21. Kneel

    “Are the insurance companies going to weasel out of their contracts if the panels burn up?”

    Why not, eh? Worked for workers comp insurance, didn’t it? Worked for NDIS, didn’t it?

  22. Rebel with cause

    Rafe if you are interested in what happened in Tas there is a bit more info here

    Looks like it cost about $44m to get 200MW of containerised generation capacity installed and then running cost would be about $1 million per MW per month.

  23. Flyingduk

    Just buy your own home genny… know its good because the states are doing it themselves.

  24. Rafe Champion

    Thanks Rebel, just what I wanted, at some stage there will be a collection of critical events and the way they were handled, just so they are together in one place for impact. The Tasmanian drama, the SA blackout, the double islanding event when some interconnectors went out etc.

  25. Aynsley Kellow

    Rafe, Rebel has pointed to the response. The need for the diesel generators was the failure of Basslink after the Hydro had run down storages while there was a premium for carbon-free generation before the abolition of the carbon tax. I am not sure whether the profits from the drawdown exceeded the subsequent costs of diesel.
    The use of a ship was, I think, in 1967, when storages were low and the MV Wanganella (I think) was linked to the grid to provide additional generation. The Gordon project was commissioned about 1972 and provided much more long-term storage.

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