By Andrew Bolt ~
A new letter shows how South Australia’s Labor government, maddened by its global warming religion, refused a deal to save its last coal-fired power station. Result: electricity bills shot up and the whole state lost its power.
The Weatherill Labor government has released a letter detailing negotiations with the last coal-fired power station in South Australia, after a 16-month battle to keep it secret.
It … shows that, five months before announcing the closure of its Port Augusta power station, Alinta Energy wrote to the government seeking help to increase shareholder confidence for capital investment in the face of a deteriorating wholesale energy market.
It builds on revelations by The Australian that Alinta had approached the government in January last year for help, with plans to expand the life of the power plant and mine to 2028.
But the government rejected its approach and the power station closed in May, with South Australians being hit with immediate electricity price rises of almost 75 per cent…
The January 22, 2015, letter from Alinta chief executive Jeff Dimery to Energy Minister and Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis said that while the company had invested more than $150 million in upgrades and maintenance of the coalmine and power station since taking ownership in March 2011, the wholesale electricity market in the state had continued to deteriorate.
He asked for government help to extend the life of the Leigh Creek coalmine and Port Augusta power station through a proposal on the company’s credit support obligations and the extension of its leases at Leigh Creek.
In fact, just three weeks before the blackout, South Australia blew up its last coal-fired power station:
Chris Kenny on the causes of the blackout the took out all of South Australia. First, Labor closed base-load power in South Australia, making the state too reliant on top-up from Victoria. Then:
The AEMO reports show the trigger for overloading the interconnector [bringing in power from Victoria] and shutting it down was not the felling of transmission towers but the sudden loss of 445 megawatts of generation from wind farms.
And now we know this sudden loss happened because they automatically shut down in response to “voltage disturbances”…
Experienced engineer John Noonan, who is no enemy of renewable energy, has carried out analysis that shows even with the infrastructure available, the state should have been better protected.
Noonan points out SA went into the storm with the vast majority of gas generation at Pelican Point, Osborne and Torrens Island left idle.
Warnings were issued about this storm two days before its arrival yet the state’s electricity system was left in a situation where most of the power was coming from the wind farms in regional areas supplemented by the interconnector.
In other words the state, including Adelaide, was left reliant on extensive transmission lines across vast distances even though bad weather was approaching.
Noonan’s point is that it would have been prudent to fire up the gas generators near the city so baseload power was available close to most customers, without being transmitted across vulnerable infrastructure.
It is astonishing that a Government should deliberately create such an expensive and unreliable power supply – destroying the cheap and reliable one it had – without even being able to explain just how much difference any of this would make to the world’s temperatures.
This is ideology gone mad. How often must it be said that what South Australian Governments have done to their power system at such vast expensive MAKES NO DIFFERENCE TO GLOBAL WARMING ANYWAY.
Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.