South Australia turns back to fossil fuel

Faced with the need to strengthen their electricity grid the South Australian Labor Government proposes to build and own a $360million 250MW gas turbine generator. When disaster strikes – who do you call? The ABC quotes Premier Weatherill making conflicting statements in his confusion.
Quote 1 – “We will supply the nation — coal-rich states like Queensland and New South Wales will be relying upon the clean, green power that we are developing here in SA.”
Quote 2 – “….making sure that SA power is reserved for South Australians,” he said.”

NIWA 3 month Outlook destroyed inside two weeks

Just as useless as our BoM – the NIWA March to May Outlook issued 1st March wrecked by heavy rain they never saw coming. They said –
Regional predictions for the March – May 2017 season
Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty
Rainfall totals are about equally likely to be in the near normal (35% chance) or below normal range (40% chance).

The MetService shows that both Auckland and Hamilton had useful rain starting last Tuesday 7th March.

Govt politicians discovers gas shortage this blog talked about 30 months ago

In August 2014 I blogged – “Commonwealth Govt thinking about solving looming Sydney gas shortage with ~2,000 kms of pipeline connecting to North West Shelf”
Two days ago I blogged – “Australia fails again as NT to Qld gas pipeline stymied”
Now the ABC reports on the AEMO concerns – “Gas supply shortage will threaten nation’s power supplies, AEMO forecasts”. PM Turnbull and Energy Minister Frydenberg have been talking the issue all over TV news but I have heard no mention of keeping Hazelwood open. A most basic and feasible step to take.

Australia fails again as NT to Qld gas pipeline stymied

Land dispute sends Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline back to negotiating table says ABC on 7 March 17 – we know without reading what sort of “land dispute”.
In 2014 I wrote –
Commonwealth Govt thinking about solving looming Sydney gas shortage with ~2,000 kms of pipeline connecting to North West Shelf
Then in 2015 –
NT Govt planning a gas pipeline to Eastern States by 2019
AEMO has a map showing both gas pipelines and electricity grids

Wonthaggi seawater desalination plant using diesel generators

I saw this at Andrew Bolt. Last year the Vic Govt ordered 50GL water from Wonthaggi when there was no need for the water as dams look OK(despite the mad wasting of water on environmental flows). The sequence of news is –
Damaged power cable shuts down start up of desalination plant 30 Dec 2016
Desalination plant faces ‘substantial consequences’ over looming water deadline 11 Jan 2017
and now – Desal plant operator ships in diesel generators in desperate bid to deliver first water order 22 Feb 2017 You just could not make this up.

Primarily exposing faulty methodologies behind global temperature trend compilations