Last Friday was extremely hot in Melbourne, with the temperature reaching 43 degrees, 110F. There were rolling power cuts to many suburbs and towns, lasting about an hour.
Fires in NSW tripped the power feed to Victoria twice and two of our dirty and polluting brown coal generating plants failed. We are told by some that we need base load stable generation, and this means burning coal. Well, the coal plants did not exactly cover themselves in glory in our hour of need.
It is amazing that things weren't much worse. What did save us were solar panels on home and business roofs, wind and solar power generation. I expect we pulled a bit of power from South Australia's massive battery power store. Our much less polluting gas power plants were probably at maximum generation. Alcoa shutting down its energy hungry aluminium smelter at 2pm and the arrival of a cool change in Melbourne perhaps also saved the day.
We have suffered two power cuts here. One was not avoidable (not a bad read. Every commenter has disappeared since, bar one. Take a curtsey Jah Teh. The Famous Bearded Media Person has become The Senator and his wife has is now his ex, among the many of his ex wives. We had some private email exchange after the event as he wrote things a bit wrong about the matter on his old blog) and one was because of rolling blackouts. These happened ten years ago. I maintain that where there is a high concentration of highrise buildings, these areas should not be blacked out, as people get trapped in lifts which is far worse than just feeling hot for an hour or so, and especially bad for anyone who is inclined to be claustrophobic.
If you lost power, you do have my sympathy. Very unpleasant. But this nonsense below was published in The Age newspaper. How long was their power off? Why didn't they take measures to stay cool? I expect Mr and Mrs Ojha may have induced a stress panic attack in their daughter. I hope it was a cool shower, not a cold shower.
“They could at least inform us half an hour before that your power is going to go out," he said.