What was the problem?
11.30. Wind power running at 2% of total demand. The wind map on the side of this display shows that there is next to no wind predicted for Victoria and southern NSW for 4pm tomorrow (Friday 15). There very little wind there at present (noon Thursday) according to the current numbers in the chart.
3pm update. The wind has dropped to 1.5% of demand and the windmills in SA are draining the grid to keep their various vital functions alive. The sun is contributing 5GW towards the demand of 25GW and most of that is rooftop PV that is mainly domestic, leaving very little to power the wheels of industry. Amazingly the lights are still on thanks to coal (mostly) with a bit of gas and hydro.
6.15. The evening peak of demand, at 28GW. Coal was carrying 65% of the load, various forms of gas (mostly natural gas) 18%, hydro 14% and wind 3%. No solar.Looking at those figures, who can seriously talk about zero emissions without nuclear power?
Liberty Quote – Of all the expedients employed by the democratic state to require or justify over-expansion of government, the exaggeration of risk has been used to inflate the use of national ‘social’ insurance. — Arthur Seldon