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Blackouts next summer? they have the solution!

A relic from another era!

Blackouts next summer? They have the solution!

The sum total of political failure—and now a con!

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) is sounding out the nation’s most energy intensive businesses about a plan for them to switch off during extreme heatwaves this summer.

The scenario: Tap-tap. “Testing, testing. Good morning workers, I see all 1250 of you made it to work today and on time. I always say, there’s nothing like a hefty mortgage to get you out of bed in the morning, eh what? I have good news and bad news for you today. The weather forecast is for hot, it is summer of course. That means under the government’s good stewardship the plant will shut down for the day—and perhaps several more days if global warming keeps the temperature high. Therefore, you can all go home and relax. The bad news is you won’t be paid because nothing will be produced—we think that’s fair! Thank you and have a good day!”

Source: ABC

Switch off and shut down for cash: Big business urged to reduce summer energy demand

The operator is trying to entice big businesses to switch off and shut down in exchange for cash, in a move that is designed to put the brakes on demand and bolster Victorian and South Australian energy reserves.

“Part of AEMO’s responsibility is to plan to secure electricity supply,” AEMO spokesman Joe Adamo said.

“That includes during extreme conditions and over the summer period, however rare conditions may be.

“So it’s not an unusual step but it’s a more proactive and prudent approach because what we’ve seen … is that the electricity system has changed.

“I think it’s more prudent for us to do things a little bit differently than what we’ve done in the past.”

So how does it work?

Australia has an open energy market, meaning generators can make bids to supply power during certain times of the day.

If there is demand for their power, it will be purchased.

Tennant Reed is from the Australian Industry Group, which backs AEMO’s plan.

“We’re used to thinking of the energy system as being mostly about the generators,” Mr Reed said.

“There’s a certain amount of demand and when there’s more demand, more generators need to turn on, but demand itself can be flexible.

“There is enormous potential to cut costs, not just of peak power, but of the constraints on our networks by making demand more flexible, giving users of all sizes a reason to use energy differently when there are extreme conditions.”

Mr Reed is confident Australia’s biggest energy users will be open to the plan.

“In Western Australia … they’ve had a system in place for many years that encourages that and there’s no reason to think that the same potential or more doesn’t exist in the east,” he said.

‘This is the market operator doing their job’

Victoria’s Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio stressed AEMO’s move was not an indication that the state’s energy supply was at risk.

“This is the market operator doing their job, planning ahead for all eventualities and of course this is about ensuring that they have more than sufficient supply available in the event of extreme weather events,” she said.

The minister said she was confident Victorian families would be able to access the energy grid when the weather heats up.

“The market operator have made it very clear that they anticipate that Victoria will be fine for this coming summer,” she said.

{ 23 comments… add one }
  • Spinbuster 13/06/2017, 5:57 am

    This is more mind blowing than the public switching off to Islamification.
    We have most forms of energy in abundance and it has come to this.

    I simply cannot understand why any voter would return the perpetrators of this mess to government. This is mismanagement, myopia and stupidity on an industrial scale. …and the public rewards them.
    Can you imagine applying this logic to your local corner store, butcher or privately owned servo.
    ie keeping idiots with a proven track record of disloyalty and failure on the payroll?

    • O'hara 13/06/2017, 7:33 am

      The stupidity level makes one feel quite powerless. They have their job for 4 years.

  • Pensioner Pete 13/06/2017, 7:10 am

    In Queensland, where we have all the resources available to make cheap electricity, (which it once was), we now have the ALP and or the LNP, depending who occupies the seats of governance in parliament, using Ergon and Energex for pseudo taxation by stealth. Substantial amounts of the profits are transferred into Consolidated Revenue to prop up the state budget, to be mostly spent in the SE corner and to hell with the rural areas. To make it even worse, Treasurer Pitt, in 2016, forced both Ergon and Energex to borrow $4.7 Billion, the sum of which was promptly transferred into State Revenue, again to prop up the state budget. Our electricity bill includes the interest and redemption payments for this ‘loan’, however is not, and will never be, shown as such within out electricity bills. Why the media is not flogging the state government on this issue is a mystery to me.

    • Penguinte 13/06/2017, 7:46 am

      With a bit of luck PHON will capture sufficient seats, at the next State election, to act as a Pinocchio on whichever other party polls highest?

      • Penguinte 13/06/2017, 7:48 am

        Poops Pinocchio should of course read “Jimminy Cricket”

      • Joe Blogs 13/06/2017, 10:21 am

        That’s goofy, Pen. PHON’s a bit of a Minnie Mouse outfit, but … who gives a Daffy Duck?

  • Ian 13/06/2017, 7:39 am

    Currently, if the consumer agrees, the power supply companies can take control of your high power consuming devices and switch them to a low power use mode, eg an air conditioner to fan only.
    Look up DRED for more info. And the incentive to do that is a reduced price for less secure power. SO….. if everyone on the grid is going to be exposed to rolling blackouts, like South Oz, then surely the total power costs must be reduced, else why by a DRED user?
    Anyway, can anyone picture a green or labor idiot/voter giving up their A/C to welcome in the new energy supply system which barely has the capacity to keep the lights on when the wind won’t blow? Me either.
    Green and labor voters should be mandated for DRED, they want the power restrictions, let them live with it.

  • Gregoryno6 13/06/2017, 8:10 am

    Just a warning, folks: whatever you say about power shortages, don’t use the word ‘blackout’.
    Triggsy will get hold of you and beat you silly with 18C.
    ‘Temporary current abstinence’ is much safer.

    • OldGreyGuy 14/06/2017, 10:42 am

      Temporary current abstinence seems so um, ah, well it really doesn’t do it justice.

      I believe that one of the phrases we use in the computer Industry (thanks to The Register) is Total Inability To Support Usual Performance.

      There that’s much better.

  • luk1955 13/06/2017, 8:15 am

    The whole and sole purpose of the green agenda is to remove efficient and inexpensive electricity from the middle and lower classes so they can kill us off. This is the purpose behind agenda 21 and agenda 2030, as it is now called. But most people think this is a conspiracy. When you can’t heat your house in the winter, and cool it in the summer, is that a conspiracy?

    • Pensioner Pete 13/06/2017, 9:01 am

      What ever label we would call this, if the population cannot heat the home in winter and cool the home in summer, then the likely outcome is the government being ejected from power and politicians with a different viewpoint (i.e., serving the people) will gain power. Thank goodness for the rise of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation and the likely rise of the ALA, this likelihood gives me heart, things will change in favour of the people come next elections in the state and federal sphere.

  • Lorraine 13/06/2017, 9:15 am

    I see the Unions having a field day and the workers rights to a full days pay, even if the lights are out…We are doomed my power bill has doubled in 12 months what about the next 12 months. and by the way I use wood heating.

  • Maryanne 13/06/2017, 9:42 am

    This is beyond ridiculous. We have centuries worth of high quality black coal and so should – in a sane world – be enjoying abundant and cheap electricity. The IPCC’s Ottman Edenhoffer has admitted that this climate caper has little to do with the environment and is all about wealth re-distribution.

    In short, the demonization of CO2 is a SCAM and when are our gutless politicians going to wake up? Anybody who believe this rubbish is either a moron on on the take.

    • Spinbuster 13/06/2017, 9:50 am

      I think nuclear is the way to go, Maryanne, then the carbon issue simply cannot enter the equation.

    • Bushkid 13/06/2017, 10:19 am

      My firm conclusion is that it is the latter choice, Maryanne. Nobody in the 21st century, surrounded by technology, the internet, sensible scientific papers and books clearly debunking the CO2 hypothesis and scam, advisors etc., has any right to claim ignorance any more. That means they do know it’s a scam, a lie and designed to ruin us. Yet – they persist with the lies and impose economy-, industry- and life-wrecking legislation upon us. They DO know. Question is, how do we make them pay for that lie, for cheating us of our hard-earned treasure and destroying our economy, for ruining the future for our children and grandchildren?

    • Neville 13/06/2017, 2:00 pm

      “when are our gutless politicians going to wake up”
      Not as long as they have their snouts in the trough, Maryanne.
      Of course it’s a scam, and of course the TDB know about it. But they’re getting all their own little backhanders individually, so not one of them is prepared to come out and say bullshit.

  • steve blackett 13/06/2017, 9:58 am

    Well stuff the lot of them,having a cranky (smoking) old generator i will be doing my bit to help the environment,like i said stuff-em all the long the short and the tall,bastards all of them (gutless politicians)

  • Bushkid 13/06/2017, 10:14 am

    “The minister said she was confident Victorian families would be able to access the energy grid when the weather heats up.”

    Maybe they will and maybe they won’t. But for this “system” to work, it means that the breadwinners of those “Victorian families” who have to be stood down from their jobs will have less money to pay their increasingly expensive electricity bills. Unless of course the “cash payment/incentive” Finkel proposes covers the lost wages too. Talk about a socialist command economy. What utter tripe and balderdash.

    Also, just who is being made to cough up the money to pay industry “cash” payments to shut down in “extreme” weather. The “extreme weather” these clowns talk about is just what we normal people used to call a hot day or a big storm or a cold snap or whatever it happens to be.

    Finkel, Turnbull, Bishop, Shorten, GetUp, the greenfilth et al really need to be well and truly tarred and feathered and driven barefoot and bare-butted out into the bloody desert. And Soros, Gore and all the UN troughers can go with them. Venal, destructive parasites, the whole damned lot of them.

    • Albert 13/06/2017, 10:34 am

      I concur, Bushkid. More questions than answers. More lunacy than sanity in government and big business. Less and less concern for the citizens.
      I’m getting too old for this crap. I don’t need to have my blood pressure threatening to blow the top off my head as the result of such mind blowing bastardry.
      It becomes clearer that we really need to full blown revolt to rid us of the lunacy that passes for government today.

  • Crankykoala 13/06/2017, 10:20 am

    What is it with Australia and it’s energy crisis? Are we not part of the world? America, India, China, Japan and probably other countries are building more and more coal fired power stations — probably fired by Australian coal — why isn’t Australia? Do we live under an umbrella as the only country expected to suffer from climate change/global warming or whatever bullshit the incompetents like to come up with? Australia awash with gas and coal allows the greens, labour and lefties in general dictate that we must use renewables. Paris agreements and any other bullshit agreement is not worth the paper it is written on if the aforementioned countries continue to do whatever they like. When oh when will we get a government that listens to the majority and has the intestinal fortitude to govern for Australia, not kowtow to the minorities and a corrupt United Nations. I’ve said it before and I say it again – Australia is stuffed.

  • Joe Blogs 13/06/2017, 10:26 am

    It’s stuffed alright, Cranky – because every second person in the joint is a complete idiot.

  • Graham 13/06/2017, 12:10 pm

    This is in my opinion the AEMO doing their job. Unfortunately it’s treating the symptom and not the cause, that is the availability of baseload power.
    Lily D’Ambrosia says this is not an indication the states energy supply was at risk. Have you ever heard such an imbecilic statement from a so called energy minister? OF COURSE THE ENERGY SUPPLY IS AT RISK OTHERWISE WHY DO IT?

  • Angry 13/06/2017, 5:33 pm

    Finkel: Turn the whole country into South Australia by 2030 — 42% “renewable”



    POS !!!

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