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South Australia’s wind energy experience debunks the myths of the anti wind lobby

Australia can draw on real-life experience in South Australia. And it serves to debunk a few myths: wind does not need like-for-like back-up, or anything near it. It does achieve abatement, it does displace fossil fuel generation, and it is not anywhere near as expensive as some claim.

 wind accounts for more than 20 per cent of SA’s electricity consumption, making it the second largest in percentage terms in the world after Denmark, and the highest on a per capita basis.

State’s wind farms help debunk a few myths BY: GILES PARKINSON, The Australian March 16, 2012 IS wind energy as useless as its critics say it is? Is it really so expensive and ineffective that its emissions abatement is achieved at 10 times
the cost of gas-fired generation?

That was the conclusion of a British study sponsored by the Global Warming Policy Foundation, chaired by former Conservative chancellor and noted climate sceptic Nigel Lawson. Wind power upsets a few people, not least the climate sceptics who simply can’t comprehend its utility.

But reports such as Lawson’s are also a red rag to the bull of the
wind industry itself, which sees itself as cost-competitive with
fossil fuels in most Western countries and as a major contributor to
the task of reducing greenhouse emissions.

But rather than consider the merits of the arguments of the anti-wind
lobby versus the pro-wind lobby and to set aside the debate about
visual amenity and noise, it’s probably most worthwhile to consider
what the Australian Energy Market Operator, the organisation
responsible for co-ordinating the contributions of various energy
sources and for keeping the lights on, has to say about the matter.
It should go a long way to settling the fears. While Lawson’s report
was based on a hypothetical case unique to Britain, Australia can draw on real-life experience in South Australia. And it serves to debunk a few myths: wind does not need like-for-like back-up, or anything near it. It does achieve abatement, it does displace fossil fuel generation, and it is not anywhere near as expensive as some claim.
The AEMO says wind accounts for more than 20 per cent of SA’s electricity consumption, making it the second largest in percentage terms in the world after Denmark, and the highest on a per capita basis.

It had 1150MW of capacity in 2010-11, growing to 1203MW with the
anticipated completion of the Hallett 5 wind farm late last year.
Interestingly, wind accounted for 20 per cent of nameplate capacity
(installed capacity) and the same percentage of production.

As the accompanying graph shows, most of that wind capacity and
production has come in the past five years……
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/opinion/states-wind-farms-help-debunk-a-few-myths/story-e6frg9if-1226300892848

March 16, 2012 - Posted by | South Australia, wind | ,

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