Renewable Power Australia – Green Power Killing Business

Posted on Fri 10/30/2015 by


Bolt New 01By Andrew Bolt ~

Green power costs a bomb and isn’t reliable. But South Australia’s Labor government was crazed with global warming and wouldn’t listen, and now business is being driven into the ground:

Clements Gap wind plant in South Australia

Clements Gap wind plant in South Australia

South Australia’s rising share of renewable power could cause blackouts in the state if the Australian Energy Market Operator doesn’t intervene, the agency’s chief executive, Matt Zema, said.

South Australia’s rooftop solar panels could meet the state’s electricity demands during the middle of some days by 2024-25 if uptake continued at the current rate, he said.

But this would lead to more volatility and less reliability, and a greater reliance on the interconnector with the large eastern state generators to keep power flowing on some days, he said.

The warning is relevant for the federal Labor opposition, which has called for 50 per cent of Australia’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030…

Mr Zema said prices are becoming more volatile in South Australia because of the withdrawal of coal power plants and the strong uptake in solar energy.

Prices have hit the National Electricity Market limit of $13,800 a megawatt hour several times in the state in recent months. That makes industrial users uneasy and leads to speculation the government may have to pay thermal-coal generators to provide standby capacity. ..

Mr Zema said the Energy Market Operator was intervening to balance the market to avoid blackouts in South Australia while the existing interconnector is upgraded, causing outages and complaints from industry.

Peter Dobney, the head of energy and resources at packaging company Orora, told the lunch South Australia “has become a basket case for large industry energy users” and the outages were costing industry millions of dollars…

Mr Zema said Germany, Spain and Italy were dealing with a similar problem by relying on interconnectors with France, which has a large surplus of nuclear power. 

That’s not the only Labor government burned by mixing power supplies with Leftist ideology.

Socialism by government fiat will drive a business broke, yet Queensland’s Labor government pushes on:

The Labor Party Government in the State of Queensland lead by its Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk has executed an about-face on electricity prices, finally banning state-owned power companies from appealing a regulator’s ruling to prevent a hike in power bills.

However, the consumer-friendly decision will put distributors Ergon and Energex under increasing pressure to slash hundreds of jobs, framing a possible battle between the government and the influential Electrical Trades Union.

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am. He is also heard from Monday to Friday at 8am on the breakfast show of radio station MTR 1377, and his book  Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.

Read more excellent articles from Andrew Bolt’s Blog .