THE ENERGY PROBLEM
The latest threat to southeastern Australia's electricity supplies is the closure soon of Victoria's Hazelwood Power Station . Via major electricity cable extensions the renewable junky, South Australia, is also dependent on Hazelwood.
Hazelwood supplies up to 25% of Victoria's base load electricity and more than 5% of Australia's total energy demand .
Hazelwood is definitely closing by the end of THIS MONTH - 31 MARCH 2017. Multi-state blackouts won't be immediate but will impact 2 months later, in June 2017.
June will see very cold, still nights:
- with longer nights there is less solar generating daylight, and
- cold still air means windpower won't work
- dropping temperatures means more strain on the closure depleted base load power.
- prices for all baseload electricity as well as home oil and gase will jump by 30% over 18 months.
Under these conditions there will be greater "load shedding" ie. short term planned blackouts, especially during the coldest nights:
- starting with the renewable junkies of South Australia
- then the halfway coverted junkies of Victoria
- SA, Vic and Tasmania will need rely on the baseload power stations of Liberal NSW to feed them
some power, but at unsustainably high prices.
As I've said after Hazelwood's closure there definitely won't be enough power to run heaters in the homes of poor, vulnerable and old. These people cannot afford sufficient insulation or afford sharply increasing energy prices.
WHAT SHOULD BE DONE
Both sides of Australian politics have failed to take action to improve the energy situation. This situation might only be improved by building new coal power stations (like China and India) to operate in the next 5-10 years. Australia, for the first time should also build nuclear power stations (in the next 10-20 year time frame) following Japan's and Canada's long held strategy.
I wonder if Japan, the Netherlands, Germany and the US suffer from similar renewable madness?