Everything old is renewed again
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