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Three years on from the South Australia blackout, the dangers of our rush to renewables are even clearer

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07.08.2019

Listen to the science. It's a perfectly rational statement often used by those urging others to accept that the climate is changing and human activity is driving it.

But many who make this point tend to become irrational when someone dares question their preferred remedies or points out that making rapid changes to complex systems, like our energy grid, might be a tad harder than they claim.

Replay

So it was when the lights went out in South Australia in 2016.

Three days before that happened I reported that “the rise of intermittent wind generation poses risks in managing the stability and reliability of the power grid”.

In the wake of the state-wide blackout – something that is vanishingly rare – I wrote a series of pieces which raised questions about the role South Australia’s heavy reliance on wind had played in the shutdown.

It should be noted that none of these reports questioned the reality of climate change. Many stressed the energy system needed to........

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