You have to love the climbdown here from SA Premier Jay Weatherill after fumbling around in the dark over the blackouts and the epic fail caused by renewables. The public demolition of a coal-fired plant In Port Augusta symbolized the gloating about the switch to clean power. Was the decision by the South Australian government to chase such a fanciful renewable target done with proper due diligence (i.e. not falling for the green scares) there would be no need to splurge $360mn on a new gas-fired power plant to act as a back up for energy it might lose because of the unpredictability of green power. Truly a case of closing the gate after the horse has bolted. Another $150mn will be splurged on a battery storage facility which would never have been needed had common sense prevailed. Now the weakest state in Australia with the highest unemployment and most expensive electricity prices will slug tax payers with half a billion bucks. It is irrelevant whether their electricity bills will go up, they will pay indirectly. Utter madness.
What people tend to forget is that battery manufacture is an incredibly dirty business. The horrible stuff that goes into a Li-ion battery gets mined half a world away to be refined, mixed (lithium, nickel, cobalt , and aluminum) and converted into the finished product. Like those that claim an EV is emissions free. It isn’t when you calculate the production process and the power supply. In any event, all this episode today proves is that the South Australian government has stuffed up massively and now asking already tapped out taxpayers to suck up their woeful stewardship and lack of critical analysis on embarking on being en vogue rather than prudent.
Amusing that Weatherill is now gloating about SA having the biggest battery farm in Australia. I doubt taxpayers will want to hear “biggest” as that equates to “bigger” cost to them.
Once again our dearly departed Bill Leak summed up the mood of South Australia’s stupidity.