Windwatch 22 June. The drought continues…

Wind below 2% of plated capacity after lunch, building to provide a bit over 10% of capacity, that is 0.6GW at dinnertime. Wind and other contributing 2% of demand at the evening peak! Someone calculate the surplus wind capacity required to keep us warm after dark in a wind drought without dirty old coal! Look forward to life without Liddell!

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10 Responses to Windwatch 22 June. The drought continues…

  1. Delta

    stackja, Candles perhaps yes but buy them before the system black because without power the cash register, credit card and eftpos etc won’t work.

  2. Dr Fred Lenin

    Delta ,how are the climate believers going to pay for their PC latte if they cant use their touch cards ,no trams or trainss to take them to their cushy government jobs ? They havent thought this through have they? As the left is always do , rush in without reasoning .

  3. Herodotus

    The media love to talk about any looming disaster – except this one.

  4. Rafe Champion

    A nice point. Bad news sells is the mantra and it don’t come much badder than this.
    Remarkably little memory of the South Australian experience!

  5. Mark M

    “Ask almost any economist and she’ll tell you the same thing: if you want to save the planet from runaway [global warming], you have to make energy expensive.

    “Economics contains one fundamental truth about [global warming] policy,” wrote Yale University economist William Nordhaus in 2008, who won the 2018 Nobel Prize for his work.

    “For any policy to be effective in solving global warming, it must raise the market price of carbon, which will raise the market prices of fossil fuels and the products of fossil fuels.”

    If Saving The Climate Requires Making Energy So Expensive, Why Is French Electricity So Cheap?

  6. Mark M

    ICYMI: An extraordinary Twitter Exchange with Richard Tol – Steve Keen

    “For those who don’t know, Tol is one of the leading economists working on climate change. He is the author of the FUND “Integrated Assessment Model” (IAM) which is one of the key models used by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) to assess the economic impacts of climate change.

    Tol has also been an author of the economic impact sections of the IPCC Reports, especially the 1995 report {Bruce, 1996 #5707}”

    “They are not scientists in any sense of the word, but fantasists who simply believe that the magic ingredient they describe as “the incredible adaptability of human economies” {Nordhaus, 1994 #5699, p. 48} will overcome any problems.”

  7. Lee

    Wind and other contributing 2% of demand at the evening peak!

    Don’t worry, solar panels will kick in then.
    Oh, wait …

  8. egg_

    Behold the glorious windmills in our fields!

  9. Rayvic

    Man-made climate change bureaucratic groupthink is alive and well in certain government regulatory authorities. For example, APRA is reported as investigating large organisations over their climate change mitigation strategies.

    However, given the growing risk of power blackouts resulting from the dysfunctional policy of governments to subsidise expansion of unreliable renewables at the expense of coal-fired baseload plants, it is surprising that APRA is not focusing instead on blackout lost-production mitigation strategies. It should be remembered that the South Australian state-wide blackout caused some $200 million of damage at BHP’s Olympic Dam operation.

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