On September 15th, I wrote about how unreliable and uncontrolled wind and solar was putting our electrical grids at risk. The focus of that blog was on a near meltdown of the power grid that occurred earlier this year due to the overproduction of solar power in Germany.
Well, we have yet another example of the impact of unreliable renewable power. This time in South Australia, where the problem was wildly fluctuating winds on September 28, that resulted in the complete shutdown of wind power and the triggering of a blackout:
Of course, the Energy Minister of Australia -- a liberal politician and advocate of renewable power -- refuses to believe that the lack of wind power had anything to do with the resulting massive blackout, and therefore, Australia should continue to pursue its aggressive wind and solar plans. Really?
Roof-Top Solar Is Putting Our Electrical Grid at Risk: http://cuttingthroughthefog.blogspot.com/2016/09/roof-top-solar-is-putting-our.html
Renewables 'not to blame' for South Australia blackout, but energy debate rages: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/renewables-not-to-blame-for-south-australia-blackout-but-energy-debate-rages-20161002-grt4lo.html
Source of above chart: South Australia’s blackout apparently ‘triggered by the violent fluctuations from the Snowtown wind farms’: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/10/01/south-australias-blackout-apparently-triggered-by-the-violent-fluctuations-from-the-snowtown-wind-farms/
SA power outage: How did it happen?: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-28/sa-power-outage-explainer/7886090