A change of power
THE stories about the power outages in South Australia, the truth is that the situation is even worse in Queensland.
The state’s wholesale power price hit a record in January, higher than every other state’s – in fact double everywhere else’s and triple Victoria’s.
There were three massive price surges that are now being investigated by the Australian Energy Regulator.
As the southern states faced the heatwave last weekend, an expert in Queensland said it was unlikely the state would face shortages, as there had been a sufficient take up of solar power to alleviate that critical stress on the power grid.
I had wondered about that, given how we are “at the end of the line” up here.
It’s good news that work is to begin very soon on the Mt Emerald wind farm, which, under the all- important deal with Ergon, will add power to the grid in this region.
Of course, infrastructure like that is pretty resilient to cyclones, which is a great thing for our region if it comes to that.
Despite the much-cited instability of solar and wind power, in the long run we’ll be better off when these, and other technologies on the horizon, change the face of the power game.
Of all places, we are especially well located to benefit from these developments.
Our state government is hopelessly addicted to the revenue it gets from supplying power.
The price of energy supplied by governments and private operators seems to constantly go up. We should never expect this to change. The only relief is to somehow make your own arrangements when it comes to energy – the most obvious being solar panels. There may be community versions of power hubs that give much the same independence. Bring it on.