by Viv Forbes, Executive Director, The Saltbush Club, ©2022

(May 14, 2022) — For days now in SE Queensland, it has been cloudy, rainy and largely windless. No sun electrifies the solar panels, intermittent winds play with the prayer wheels, and backup batteries are going flat. For a while on some afternoons, wind and solar produce a trickle of power. Gas and hydro try to help, but none of these can bear the whole power supply load.

But even on these gloomy days, our electric lights, fridge, stove, battery chargers and water pumps work. And down in the city (even on still nights) trains, traffic lights, fuel pumps, cold stores, hospitals and lifts keep working.

Check how this magic occurs:
OpenNEM: Queensland

When all else fails in the sunshine state, COAL KEEPS THE LIGHTS ON.

Those supporting “More Green energy” are supporting “More Blackouts”.

Viv Forbes
Washpool, Qld, Australia

Further Reading:

Rethinking Coal Shutdowns:

Floods in Queensland are Nothing New:

Responsibility for any electoral comment (but not for the rain) is taken by Viv Forbes, marooned on Ipswich-Boonah Road, Washpool, Qld, Australia.

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  1. The old reliable nuclear power also helps. The 2 unit plant I retired from first went on line in the 70’s and is still providing clean, reliable power for about 2/3 of my state. We have electricity here at night and when the wind isn’t blowing….it’s almost like magic….