When the lights go out

South Australia, the darling of the renewable energy world failed, to keep the lights on for everyone in the recent heat wave. They even had to fire up evil, evil standby diesel generators.

Look and learn Dr Woods; this is the future you are promising New Zealand. We will not be suffering from outages in a summer heat wave; rather it will be in the cold of winter when your 4.5 windfarms per year are not rotating. Quote.

Guardian June 2018
Guardian July 2018

Tens of thousands were last night sweltering through a blackout on one of the hottest days in history after power was cut across large areas of South Australia and Victoria.

There were 76 outages across Adelaide, affecting more than 28,000 customers during the hottest day in the city?s history.

In Victoria, about 5800 properties were without power on an ?oppressive? night of hot and humid weather.

?Crews continue to work through the night ? we understand it?s uncomfortable being without power in the heat,? SA Power Networks said on Twitter. End quote.


Was there insufficient power available? Were the windfarms blades not turning in the sultry still hot air? Was it transformers overheating? Was it overload fuses blowing? Should the SA government not been quite so quick to demolish their coal-fired generators? We may wait a while for the truth to come out.

Our Aussie correspondent, Lushington, reports: Quote.

People in my home town were being blacked out for hours during 40+ temperatures. One person caring for a 96 year old was advised to take her to a shopping centre. End quote.

New Zealand has quite a different demand curve to South Australia but the fact remains that reliable power and renewable power are not synonymous. Quote.

Energy Minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan says the government used every tool it had available to prevent forced load shedding yesterday, with the national energy market operator calling on the state?s backup diesel generators for the first time.

?We had enough electricity in South Australia to meet our needs. It was close but we had enough,? Mr Van Holst Pellekaan said.

?The government acted swiftly early and reduced power consumption in its own operations and sites, with the largest contribution from SA Water.

?We also worked closely with large energy users such as GFG Alliance?s steelworks at Whyalla and Nyrstar?s smelter at Port Pir to reduce demand on the grid,? he said. End quote.


It is hardly a ‘success’ when large industries suddenly have to shut-down. It is not simple task to shut down and restart a smelter.

One would think that in searing heat, keeping the water flowing would be a priority, so who knows what they could power down at SA Water under these circumstances.

This will be the new reality for New Zealand after Comrade Jacinda’s Captain’s Call Policy (CCCP) to shut down our gas supply. Already the unintended consequences are biting, with more coal being burnt, and it is imported coal when we have tonnes of the good stuff right here in New Zealand.

But our dear Minister for Energy and Resources has a document which said the impending gap in the New Zealand supply was equivalent to 4.5 windfarms per year. Since windfarms are a Greens-approved ecological disaster that was all she needed to read.

Had she fully read and understood that document, or had it explained to her by someone who could understand it, she would see that behind all the climate nonsense that is included, our situation is dire in the coming years.

More posts about the 4.5 windfarms per year document will arrive shortly.