Climate and Energy Roundup

The windpower supply this morning.  SA is generating three quarters of its needs from the wind and the price is minus $1000. Tasmania (the battery of the nation) is importing power. NSW is producing less than 10% of demand and importing.

Not facing the fire facts in California. More of the same old.

The pattern is a form of insanity: We keep doing overzealous fire suppression across California landscapes where the fire poses little risk to people and structures. As a result, wildland fuels keep building up.

This week we’ve seen both the second- and third-largest fires in California history. “The fire community, the progressives, are almost in a state of panic,” Ingalsbee said. There’s only one solution, the one we know yet still avoid. “We need to get good fire on the ground and whittle down some of that fuel load.”

Breaking news. Feds help out in Californian power crisis.

The DOE order authorizes the emergency use of stationary and portable generators, as well as auxiliary engines on board ocean-going vessels berthed in California ports. The order suspends any laws, regulations or permits limiting the use of these power-generating machines. The order is set to expire just before midnight on September 13. 

Not really so hot in California. The temperatures at present are not unusual.

Deforesting Europe to save the planet.

Thanks to climate activists, coal deposits underground are safe but Europe’s old forests are being converted to industrial plantations and wood pellets.

 Where once massive hardwoods once stood now grows tiny fir trees. The harvested trees,  were used for wood pellets. Not only are the forests taking a hit, but so is the wildlife that once inhabited in them. According to Ms. Steinberg, bird life has fallen some 25%. “It’s wasted. Now we have to start all over again.”

 The problem is particularly severe in Estonia where one sixth of the forest has been razed since just 2001 to feed the worlds second largest pellet company.

Feedback from community and stakeholders.

Today was the last day for feedback on Tasmania’s plan to double its production of renewable energy, become the battery of the nation and create a massive green hydrogen industry.

Draft RE Plan 2020

Sorry, a bit late. But you have until 19th October to respond to the ESB Post 2025 Market Design Consultation paper.

Changing the rules 2020

Questions for stakeholders. 1. Have we correctly identified the cost, reliability and security risks to consumers from the transition away from thermal generation? 

No. See the four “icebergs”.

Full text

Liberty Quote – Every government-mandated low-flow toilet, phosphorous-free dishwasher detergent, CFL light bulb, and carbon-emission regulation is another obstacle on the way to a productive, job-creating economy that produces things consumers really want — Andy Kessler

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6 Responses to Climate and Energy Roundup

  1. This was posted in 2018 and might as well be repeated every year (in the US as well as here):

    https://youtu.be/ajPpP3vbD5c

  2. flyingduk

    I have just been binge watching a fantastic Youtube channel on COVID,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8Eu5W4pqvc

    and they make the same ‘dry tinder’ analogy with COVID. Just as bad fires follow periods of no fires (due to fuel build up), bad flu seasons (ie those with lots of deaths of the elderly) follow light flu seasons when there were unusually few deaths. Interestingly, all the places which saw runaway ‘COVID’ deaths had unusually light preceeding flu seasons: England, US, Spain, Italy, France, etc. They feel this largely explains why some countries have worse experiences than others.

  3. Tom Appleton

    Was Smokey Bear wrong? How a beloved character may have helped fuel catastrophic fires.

    For much of the last century, Smokey was the pitchman for the federal government’s aggressive wildfire suppression policy. Some scientists believe that tactic, along with climate change, may have contributed to making American forests vulnerable to combustion over the long term. They call it “the Smokey Bear effect.”

  4. Bruce of Newcastle

    Extinction Rebellion activist recants:

    Extinction Rebellion: Nuclear power ‘only option’ says former spokeswoman (BBC, 10 Sep, via BCF)

    A former Extinction Rebellion (XR) spokeswoman left the environmental group to campaign for nuclear power because she says it is the only way to deal with the climate crisis.

    Zion Lights, writing in the Daily Mail, also said that she had become unable to defend some of the group’s claims.

    XR “peddle messages of doomsday gloom that alienate” and offer “little in the way of positive solutions”, she added.

    It’s interesting that the far-left BBC actually has given the story a run. I’m glad she has actually applied a little bit of logic. CAGW isn’t happening, but if you believe in it then the logical answer is nuclear power. That the Greens refuse to consider it means they aren’t for real.

    She’ll almost certainly be cast out and called a capitalist running-dog class enemy.

    Meanwhile a bunch of very apparently female Extinction Rebels have chained themselves to the gates of the British Parliament today. Hopefully plod will leave them there for a week or two. Passers-by can ogle.

  5. Terry

    ‘Extinction Rebels have chained themselves to the gates of the British Parliament today.’
    Step 1: Provide alternative access to Parliament (helicopter them in if you need to);
    Step 2: Cordon off the area and ensure no outside “help” (keys/chaincutters, etc);
    Step 3: Leave them there to ponder their decisions in life. We will not be saving you from your own stupidity.

    After a couple of months of ridicule, posthumously hand out Darwin Awards and invite similar protests from other XR fruitloops that wish to exclude themselves from the human gene pool (for the good of humanity).

    It would solve a LOT of problems.

    Poverty can be cured, but we gotta breed out the fundamentally stupid – that is terminal.

  6. RobK

    Regarding the limited capacity of batteries:
    Batteries can operate in one of three primary modes.
    1) As backup reserve. In this mode the battery is floated at near or full capacity to run a load when regular supply fails. There is no room to shift loads or peak-shave and very limited room to offer FCAS ( frequency control)as this would impede reserve.
    2) peak-shave/ load shift/arbitrage mode. In this mode the owner profits from supply shortfalls but full emergency capacity is not preserved at all times and FCAS capabilities is compromised as the state of the battery’s charge dependent on market conditions.
    3) Full Frequency Control and Ancillary Service mode. In this mode, like a UPS, the battery is running at half full charge-so it is able to both absorb or inject energy into the grid to stabilise it. This is what happened on a number of occasions in SA when the critical state of the grid required the AEMO to take control of the big batteries for extended periods .
    The point is; batteries are often touted as being able to supply “x” amount of households or loads for a certain time. This is however pure conjecture as most of these batteries are required to try to fulfil multiple functions. For example: under some critical conditions, the AEMO will control the batteries to run at half charge in an attempt to stabilise the grid, if that fails the backup reserve is a moot point but it isn’t the capacity of the battery. All the big batteries play multiple rolls and profit nicely from the instability caused by RE. The capacity required to address long weather-energy gluts and droughts is far more than merely the figure of energy that would otherwise have been supplied by existing baseload generators.

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