I wasn’t affected by the heatwave power outages the other week, though I know people who were, and at one stage I got off the train heading for home to find a lot of the shops had lost power, with many shopkeepers having left early for the day, and the supermarket throwing out all of its refrigerated goods (though their frozen section was okay).
You have to love the spin that surrounds “load shedding”. Take for example this press release from power distributor Jemena (formerly Alinta):
Load-shedding involves taking customers off the network in order to reduce demand.
Ha! That’s a laugh. Talk about trying to make it sound positive.
No fellas. Demand didn’t reduce. The demand was still there. Those people being disconnected didn’t ask to be disconnected. They didn’t volunteer to shut down their fans, lights, air-conditioners and TVs. They still wanted power. It’s got nothing to do with demand. It’s a lack of supply.
Evidently all the government bravado about our big filthy coal-fired power stations having plenty of capacity to cope with demand (claims made before the load shedding commenced, obviously) were crap.
So, how about we get on with the job of better home designs to cope with the heat, getting more solar panels onto houses, and more wind and solar farms out there to get our increasingly harsh environment working for us, instead of against us… and commence phasing out the coal, so we can stop making it any worse than it already is.