Friday, December 1, 2017

Karma - South Australian Style

Adolf's ribs are aching.

After the state's disastrous power outages last year caused by over reliance on subsidized 'renewable energy,'  the lunatic Premier promised to fix the problem by installing a fifty million dollar battery facility, courtesy of one Melon Musk, the world's best extractor of gummint dollars.

The Tesla battery system in Jamestown was turned on today, as wild storms felled power lines.

With great fanfare, today the great battery was turned on.  Today, storms struck the area and power is now cut to a large area surrounding the complex.

"Wild weather in South Australia has brought down power lines and triggered blackouts in the communities around the state’s Tesla battery on the day it was switched on.Data from SA Power Networks has revealed 208 homes in areas around the battery will be without power until as late as 11pm tonight after wild weather and more than 250,000 lightning strikes overnight felled power lines and cut supply."
Just imagine how much better off the long suffering tax payers of South Australia might have been if that $50mil had been spent strengthening the transmission lines.  A state election looms and the Libs could not have written a better script.

Adolf awaits the inevitable spin from the Premiere's PR machine which has more power apparently than all the batteries in South Australia.

Signs are going up on all roads into South Australia.

"Welcome to Venezuela."

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

No initiative these Australians, when storms brought down power lines around Horarata in the 60's we formed a bucket brigade and carried the electricity by hand. Much later they buried the lines under ground with a mole plough.

Lord Egbut

Anonymous said...

I was around Hororata in the sixties and can recall no such bucket brigade tale.
Are you sure your hand wasnt otherwise engaged.

Anonymous said...

What!!!! Oh, it rhymes with twat. You are anonymous , goodbye.

Lord Egbut

David said...

More fake news from the WA Troll Farm.

The battery array is designed to help stabilise the grid during periods of high demand and shrinking availability, it has nothing do do with preventing storms.

Just imagine who much better off the long suffering tax payers of South Australia might have been if that $50mil had been spent strengthening the transmission lines.

Adolf, your engineering experience must be wonderful if you know how to prevent HV power lines from being struck by lightning.

As you are aware, I live in a part of Adelaide with underground power lines, probably the best insulator from storm damage there is. But, Thursday night, we lost power for around 70 minutes. Why? Lighting struck the nearby transformer, setting off a number of circuit breakers, the built in safety to lessen the damage.

And, do, please refer to a dictionary when in doubt.

Premiere - The first performance of a musical or theatrical work or the first showing of a film.

Premier - the chief minister of a government of a state.

A state election looms and the Libs could not have written a better script.

The script may be good, but the cast is atrocious. Rob Lucas, Isobel Redmond, Vicky Chapman, are all past their prime and the latest incarnation of leading man just sounds as though he is always whining.

I hear there is a new play about to open staring Nick Xenophon that looks so bright and refreshing that it will probably drag the audience away from Marshall's Portable Mayhem Machine.

Noel said...

What! No call for a binge on buiding coal fired generators?????

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

More dissembling and diversion from David. The poor bastard can't read.

Gerald said...
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Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Fuck off Gerald. I printed the important extract from behind the paywall but that insn't enough for dumb pricks like you.

I was referring to my post.

Your troll friend could always pay the inconsequential subscription to The Australian

Noel said...

"Just imagine who much better off the long suffering tax payers of South Australia might have been if that $50mil had been spent strengthening the transmission lines."

"The electricity distribution network that carries electricity to around 850,000 customers is operated and maintained by SA Power Networks (SAPN), which is a privately owned company."

Taxpayer funding to a private company? Big call.

Anonymous said...

Just as a matter of interest, what happens if one of these 'batteries' turns into a Samsung Note 7? There must be massive concentrated current distribution rails, and I doubt if local inert gas extinguishers will isolate any cell which happens to go rogue.

MarcW

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Noel

The big call was from he big mouth who said he would fix the problem. Clearly he didn't fix it. Maybe he has to go cap in hand to the transmission companies and pay them to get him out of his own shit?

David said...

Noel, Adolf is a Capitalist, that means profits are private and losses are socialised.

If Adolf had any understanding at all of the fucked up Australian electricity system he would know that one of the major drivers of price increases is the "gold plating" of the transmission system, built to standards far in excess of those warranted, but they have been able to rip of the users due to their market power. This is the word from the AEMO. Lines companies are a natural monopoly. They should have remained government owned and operated as part of the national infrastructure, like roads.

Then Australians were sold a crock of shit by the economically stupid, who claimed that the way to lower power prices was having competition in distribution. This led to the formation of a number of companies that added no value to the product, they just added to the costs of the system, driving up prices. They then engaged in anti-competitive behavior by locking consumers in to unconscionable "contracts" for supply. True competition exists when the consumer gets to decide on the supplier at the time of purchase. Petrol is a commodity, but no one has to lock in to a contract to buy petrol. Or groceries.

The big call was from he big mouth who said he would fix the problem.

Yes, Turnbull claimed to have the answers, a drop in price of 70 cents a week in 3 years time. Meanwhile, South Australian power prices have been dropping due to new generation capacity being added.



Anonymous said...

David....I believe they took their business model from the privatisation of British rail where a private company (Network Rail) own the infrastructure (rails etc) and companies bid for the six franchises to run their rolling stock. This has resulted in a fare structure that nobody understands and the highest fares in Europe by a factor of ten. When decisions are made to pacify and enrich shareholders and not in the interest of the travelling public you know it's time to change. The State owned railways of Europe are an example public ownership working well.

Lord Egbut