Ev­ery­thing old is re­newed again

The Daily Examiner - - YOUR SAY -

AS USUAL, a salt-laden Fred Per­ring is care­less with the truth when he strays out­side his cher­ished right wing pol­i­tics (DEX 12/4).

Us­ing the same ar­gu­ment as some of his po­lit­i­cal he­roes – coal lov­ing, en­ergy di­nosaurs such as Joyce and Ab­bott, he blames re­new­ables for the re­cent power dra­mas in South Aus­tralia.

This is ac­tu­ally an op­por­tunis­tic, cheap shot be­cause the power out­age was the di­rect re­sult of a storm weather event, which ab­so­lutely smashed the high volt­age retic­u­la­tion.

The prob­lem was fur­ther ex­ac­er­bated when the au­to­matic switch­ing sys­tem to bring gas-fired tur­bines on line mal­func­tioned.

Whether the power is coal-fired or re­new­ables, it mat­ters not, as there is no power when the poles and wires are down.

Since that time SA has ex­ported seven times the power it has had to im­port.

Vic­to­ria at one stage even had to dip into the SA Tesla bat­tery for power when one of its diesel tur­bines went off-line.

It is de­li­cious irony that Fred’s anti-re­new­ables rant should be in the edi­tion fol­low­ing the one (DEX 11/4) con­tain­ing Lesley Apps’s ar­ti­cle out­lin­ing how far ahead of Aus­tralia is the UK in pro­cess­ing to a clean en­ergy fu­ture – their reliance on coal-fired power is al­ready down to 7%.

How­ever, to his credit, feisty Fred is cor­rect in ac­cus­ing power com­pa­nies of treat­ing their cus­tomers very poorly – per­haps it is time for those cus­tomers to move their ac­counts else­where – maybe to con­sumer power en­ti­ties such as Enova at By­ron Bay.

Ted Strong, See­lands

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