Wind power sucks money and electricity in South Australia

Wind power sucks money and electricity in South Australia, by Joanne Nova.

On a good day South Australia has more than 40% renewable energy. On a bad day, it’s -2% or something. Wind towers suck in so many ways.  They can even draw more power out than they bring in and best of all — their peak electron sucking power comes just when the state needs electricity the most.

South Australia has more “renewable” wind power than anywhere else in Australia. They also have the highest electricity bills, the highest unemployment, the largest number of “failures to pay” and disconnections. Coincidence?

The emergency measures are needed to ease punishing costs for South Australian industry as National Electricity Market (NEM) prices in the state have frequently surged above $1000 a megawatt hour this month and at one point on Tuesday hit the $14,000MWh maximum price.

Electricity contracts for delivery in 2017 and 2018 are priced at $91-100MWh in South Australia, compared to $50-63 in Victoria, NSW and Queensland. …

When the wind doesn’t blow in SA, it also doesn’t blow in NSW, Qld, Victoria and Tas too.

In recent months what was once the state’s main electricity generator, the coal-fired station at Port Augusta, was closed permanently because it couldn’t compete with subsidised renewables. Yet when storms rendered the turbines useless — too much wind — the state couldn’t import enough coal-fired power from Victoria. It was caught short and paid a high price. This was an extreme event but South Australians already pay the highest electricity prices in the country and some of the highest in the world.

History will not be kind to this nonsense or the people who promoted it. The carbon dioxide theory corrupts everything it touches. The carpetbaggers still claim that renewables are cheaper — very well then, let them compete with no subsidies or legislative commands.