The choke point in the wind supply in South Australia

The story in pictures.

Remember that South Australia imports coal power from Victoria when there is not enough local gas and wind to keep the lights on. Imports are not shown on that AEMO display. At 5am today the demand in SA was 1.1GW and the wind supplied precisely half of that with 240MW imported. Across the NEM the windmills were delivering 22% (26% in SA) to provide 7.1% of demand.

Evening  update. At 7 the wind is providing 5.0% of the demand across SE Australia. In South Australia it is 7.1% and they are importing five times as much as the  local wind supply can manage.

Progress with RE projects. A report on progress in the first quarter of the year from Watt Clarity, a commercial site promoting RE. All sweetness and light, forging towards 10GW of installed solar and wind power. What could go wrong, just build more windmills!

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8 Responses to The choke point in the wind supply in South Australia

  1. BoyfromTottenham

    BTW – Alan Finkel was interviewed by Fran Kelly on RN just’ before 8 am today, and he gave a masterful misdirection about hydrogen generation. He said that ‘clean’ hydrogen could be made by electricity from wind and solar (but no mention of the unreliability and tiny amount of this type of electricity), but then said that the only way to generate ‘clean’ hydrogen from fossil fuels was to use carbon capture and storage, at huge cost to build the necessary massive infrastructure. Of course Kelly accepted these claims without demur. If only he had been interviewed by someone with an ounce of science knowledge.

  2. Boambee John

    Alan Finkel was interviewed by Fran Kelly on RN just’ before 8 am today, and he gave a masterful misdirection about hydrogen generation. He said that ‘clean’ hydrogen could be made by electricity from wind and solar

    So, we will use solar and wind to “make” hydrogen, then use the hydrogen to generate electticity to “make” more hydrogen. Will some hydrogen be left for other energy needs? Only if Finkel has acheived not just a perpetual motion machine, but a machine that produces more energy than has been put into it!

    Now about that bridge I have for sale …

  3. BoyfromTottenham

    Boambee John – and hydrogen is useless for anything else but combustion – unlike coal and gas which are used to produce thousands of chemicals and products, from plastics to pharmaceuticals, perfumes and road tar.

  4. Professor Fred Lenin

    Finkel should get together with Turnbull , they could argue about perpetual motion ,Finkels hydrogen compared to Turnbulls Snowy two .both create lots of activity with no tangible result and huge cost to the punters , another couple of bloody geniuses or remembering my Latin genii.

  5. Ben

    Rafe, you should check out the latest renewable lobby spin.

    I present the Clean Energy Council’s “A Clean Recovery”…

    https://www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au/advocacy-initiatives/a-clean-recovery

  6. Rafe Champion

    Thanks Ben, never waste a crisis as the saying goes, just when some people are saying this is the opportunity for the government to cry poor and not fund the lunacy!

    There was a NSW Parliamentary Inquiry on expanding RE last year with submissions closing in September, it has been re-convened to explore the them of “recovery on the back of RE!”. Matt Kean is the responsible (sic) minister.

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