We are in the midst of a one in fifty years storm.
Power went out over the whole state of South Australia, where the Labour gummint in recent times has made a song and dance about its progress with so called renewable energy production, namely wind generation. Unfortunately the wind turbines have to be shut down during periods of high winds so they have contributed nothing for the last few days.
There have been some interesting and unexpected consequences.
The Whyalla steel works has been without power now for two days and it's blast furnaces are fast cooling - if power is not restored in the next half hour the furnaces and crucibles will become nothing but large lumps of unrecoverable solid metal. Goodbye to God knows how many jobs.
Adelaide was completely closed down. No trains, no buses, level crossing boom gates locked in the down position, so no traffic.
In our case, our window shutters were locked in the up position so I thought we would be kept awake all night with headlights shining into our bedroom. Not so. There was no traffic due in large part to the fact that pubs, fast food outlets and supermarkets were closed down.
Which all goes to show the folly of a headlong pursuit of renewables coupled with a failure to adequately maintain infrastructure and guaranteed supply. I recall Auckland experienced something similar some years ago when the main feed collapsed.
Political heads will roll. The Labour Premier, Jay Weatherill has been mocked with comments like 'just more bad Weatherill.
Oh yes, nearly forgot to mention the ABC this morning was busy blaming climate change. Never mind that there were worse storms in 1956.
And of course, who the hell would want to set up business employing people in a place where electricty supply is so unreliable?
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