A sky news report on the way that Tasmania is becoming the battery of the nation!
The proposal is to build 67 wind turbines, each 240 metres tall, across rural properties alongside the main transmission corridor between Hobart and Launceston. Mr Jones pointed out that not only is the area known as the “jewel in the crown” of the Central Highlands, it is also home to the Tasmanian wedged tail eagle, and the Tasmanian devil.
A 2015 Parliamentary Select Committee on wind turbines found this program would impose an aggregate cost on the economy of between $30-$53 billion.
It also said the program not only inflicts a direct cost onto electricity consumers, but it also undermines Australia’s comparative advantage as a low-cost electricity supply source. “The eminently forgettable Malcolm Turnbull had a grand idea that Tasmania could be the battery of the nation”.
And Jo Nova on Trouble in RE Paradise – the end of the rooftop solar dream in South Australia.
For people who are too lazy to be windwatchers. At 7am the windmills across SE Australia were running at 13% of capacity and delivering 4.1% of the modest pre-breakfast demand. In Victoria, the wind leader of the nation (by installed capacity), the mills were running at 4.7% of capacity and providing 2.8% of demand. In South Australia the mills were doing better at 15% to provide 22% of demand but they were importing coal power from Victoria.
This is a moving picture, including WA and it does not represent the situation at 7am. Contemplate the supply without the black and red bits of the bars!