Tag: Electricity

Australian Electricity Market Operator predicts stable supply despite closures of coal-fired power stations – ABC News

A view of Lake Liddell with the Liddell power station reflected in the background.

Taylor suppresses and bullshits about the real information experts supply on our power grid

The manager of the country’s electricity markets has dropped its warning that Australia faces a power supply shortage AEMO says the closure of coal plants in coming years will be shored up by new battery and gas plants Possible flooding at Yallourn station in Victoria remains the biggest short-term risk to supply

Source: Australian Electricity Market Operator predicts stable supply despite closures of coal-fired power stations – ABC News

Against the odds, South Australia is a renewable energy powerhouse; and they’re showing the world how to do it

Less than two decades ago, South Australia generated all its electricity from fossil fuels. Last year, renewables provided a whopping 60% of the state’s electricity supply. The remarkable progress came as national climate policy was gripped by paralysis – so how did it happen?

Against the odds, South Australia is a renewable energy powerhouse; and they’re showing the world how to do it

Transition time for coal | The Monthly

A new report by the University of NSW, commissioned by the CFMMEU, sketches two futures for the 8000 direct employees in Australia’s 23 coal-fired power stations: one is a just transition into new jobs with no forced redundancies, emulating Germany’s Ruhr district; the other is the entrenched poverty left by market disruption in coal districts like Appalachia in the US, where pointless ideological warfare takes the place of proper planning. Given that 10 coal-fired power stations have shut down in Australia without a transition plan since 2012, and the Coalition’s science-deniers are in charge of energy policy, still trying to stave off the inevitable decarbonisation, this country is on course for the latter.

Hazelwood was the prime example of what not do: the Greens argued for years for a just transition, but the major parties at state and federal level were in denial. Suddenly, when the time came, workers got short notice and power prices spiked across the National Energy Market, even though the closure was completely predictable. Now, says Sheldon, when AGL does the right thing and flags that it will close Liddell in 2022, “it gets canned for it”.

via Transition time for coal | The Monthly

Netherlands to ban coal-fired power plants in blow to RWE | Reuters

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The Netherlands will ban the use of coal in electricity generation in the coming decade and shut down two of its five coal-fired plants at the end of 2024 unless they switch fuels.

via Netherlands to ban coal-fired power plants in blow to RWE | Reuters

Power prices: Australia has a gold-plated electricity grid that consumers can’t afford – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Australia has gold-plated power grid which is the envy of the world. So why are consumers so unhappy?

Source: Power prices: Australia has a gold-plated electricity grid that consumers can’t afford – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Industry says that electricity demand is rising, when in fact it is not. So, if demand is going down why do electricity companies keep building?

Think power prices are bad now? If Liberal Baird gets in again in March, all the best! Watch and Share!
The Industry says that electricity demand is rising, when in fact it is not. So, if demand is going down why do electricity companies keep building? Well, it’s pretty simple. They get paid for what they build, NOT for what we need. For each pole they put up, the government slings them a massive subsidy, and they slug you for construction through your electricity bill. It’s a win win, for THEM.
We at the moment, do the equivalent of building a ten lane freeway, where two lanes of it are only used only one weekend a year. The more they invest in poles and wires, then the greater the dividends they get. It’s like in any business, if you’re paid just for the sheer amount of work you do, rather than for your efficiency, you’ll have a tendency to do work for works sake. GOLD PLATING is responsible for unnecessary price rises.
The main reason your power bills have skyrocketed isn’t the Carbon Tax, but new Poles and Wires companies insist on building and and make you pay, for even when they are not needed.