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Sunday, 22nd April 2018

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Part Time Power

Viv Forbes

Viv has a degree in Applied Science Geology and is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy


Solar power only works while the sun shines – it is part-time power. Wind power only works when suitable winds blows – also part-time power. Batteries only work when charged – part-time power again. Hydro fails in droughts – more part-time power.

And using full-time power like gas to fill the inevitable supply gaps from part-time power forces backup gas to operate like part-time power.

Moreover, on sunny windy days, wind and solar generators spew out electricity at little extra cost. These erratic surges of part-time power drive electricity prices so low that even low-cost full-time producers like coal cannot operate profitably at those times. They are throttled back and forced to operate as yet another part-time power plant.

                                                      Adelaide instruction

24/7 electricity users such as hospitals, trains, factories, refineries, fuel and water pumps, cash registers, infrastructure and mines cannot operate on part-time electricity.

Moreover, every part-time power producer (using sun, wind, batteries, hydro, gas or coal) consumes money full-time for operations, standby, maintenance and replacement. Each also has to fund its own specialised generators, transmission lines, access roads and workforce. Electricity becomes both unreliable and expensive, and consumers suffer.

Using taxes, subsidies, dictates and mandates to replace a full-time power producer like coal with up to five part-time power producers only makes sense in the part-time minds that inhabit Greentopia.

Canberra cannot improve any of this with more laws and regulations – they must REPEAL all the legislation, regulations, subsidies and taxes that created the mess in the first place. State governments too should repeal their silly energy laws, and stop shutting and destroying power stations. 

More laws and regulations can only make things worse. 




Bickmore must have picked up last nights dress at the local tip. What a mess it was . The whole show is crap with Helier and that bogan Laurie on Fridays. I can't watch it

lol john

Sack them all .

New post up.

So Xenophon is likely to be the next premier of S.A if you can believe the polls down there 41% of the vote, ha,ha South Australian's can say goodbye to their pokies if he gets in.

Was funny watching eminem's recent career suicide..he is going to regret that idiotic 'rap' for the rest of his days.

Just made my Christmas Pud, thought I would chuck some sweet mince pies in the oven also, husband will eat them anytime of the year. Now, it was Robinson's sweet mince. Do you know I actually looked for the Golly Wog that used to come with the jars. You could save them up send them in and get a Golly Wog pin in exchange. Oh the good old days.

It seems the Czechs still enjoy free speech:

I may watch to see these 2 leftie bitches trying to score points against one another.

Another Turnbull fiasco.............Bolt on 2GB.
French say they cannot build the Submarines with propulsion system as promised.

Victoria now needs to import electricity with Hazelwood gone. Today's figures from the Australian Energy Market Operator show Victoria short of electricity and with the country's highest power prices. It's relying on the wind blowing well in South Australia. And we're not yet into summer. That's what things look like when you've just drive a huge coal-fired power station out of business.

Yep, China says that they want to run the world and we were stupid enough to help them by opening the door via CHAFTA. You know what's going to happen if we don't do what they want or ever decide to force sales of our prime agricultural resources back to us or upset the Chinese that have now moved here in a major way? Yep, invasion! However, don't worry, Hysterical loves it, so it must be good, right? NO, wrong again Hysterical.

resident Xi Jinping said, according to The Guardian, “it was time for his nation to transform itself into ‘a mighty force’ that could lead the entire world on political, economic, military and environmental issues”.

Tim Blair.......I’m sure everything will work out just fine. Television folk are famously collegiate and supportive and egos never get in the way. Incidentally, the highest-paid NASA astronaut candidates receive the equivalent of $128,527 per year – about 8.5 per cent of Wilkinson’s salary.

I blame sexism.

Can't help but love Tim Blair.....

wheelie bin laden
more like a loony bin full of shit

Bickmore will just have to do a lot more of those lousy hair dye commercials.

I would pay them all to fk off!