As our useless MP’s decamp from Canberra for their long and very well payed holidays I wonder if anybody is riding shotgun on electricity prices. I am thinking AEMO wholesale price which 12 months ago jumped ~50-100% over Christmas-New Year. Here are the colossal and sneaky price increases by State over a 20 day period 22 Dec 16 to 10 Jan 17.
Our retail power bills are already exploding. Our PM had a good result talking down gas prices which has helped moderate pressure on electricity prices. I hope the PM makes some calls to electricity generators. Checkout the new improved NemWatch
Added data for the SA battery – added in WA – and “Demand the AEMO can’t see” is that spinning reserve?
Summer rain Outlook 16 Nov foretold near average for SE Aust. Summer rain Outlook 30 Nov better but already wrong if the ‘Lives at risk’ scare is half correct. OK so anybody can make mistakes – lets check what they forecast for November rain on Oct 12th and then on Oct 26th. Here is map of November rain percentages so the later Outlook on 26th Oct was worse than the one on the 12th. Taxpayers could save $millions slashing BoM budget – we could get forecasting from www. Let BoM do core job of running our weather observations network properly.
BoM/ABC team hyperventilates Heatwave health alert issued for southern Tasmania as 130yo record set to fall while ignoring Hobart Botanical Gardens 94030 had a monthly mean 22.7 in 1843 compared to 22.4 for Hobart (Ellerslie Road) 94029 Nov 2017. I wonder how many people were harmed by those warm days this month?
I see another edition in scaremongering articles about the UHI “Deadly mix of heatwaves and humidity could make some Australian cities virtually ‘uninhabitable’” cry me a river – Nobody asks “where has global warming/climate change been mostly measured these last 150 years?”
In September I blogged More sloppy BoM errors as the rain-guage Alanadale in Gippsland went troppo.
Those errors still stand in the daily data and today there is another 153mm error to add. I know school children who could write code to rapidly check data for outlier errors.
Chart by St Vincent de Paul from ALVISS Consulting – The ABC reports – St Vincent De Paul wants to make your power bills less confusing with energy market shakeup
Almost a year ago I blogged – Australian Government financial disasters – time for an update next month – send in any new ideas.
SonovaMin often has great cartoons at the one and only Whaleoil. Just nails it. We need something to smile at.
I have just had a heads up from Silligy re this 2005 paper – MEASUREMENT OF AIR TEMPERATURE IN THE PRESENCE OF A LARGE RADIANT FLUX: AN ASSESSMENT OF PASSIVELY VENTILATED THERMOMETER SCREENS – pdf ~300KB – Fig 10 gives an idea of the magnitude of the differences. Commercial screen Type A naturally ventilated in the 2005 paper and Type B aspirated
I am curious what readers think is a possible way forward – and what they think will actually happen.
The resignation of Benelong MP John Alexander wipes out the slender majority enjoyed by the Turnbull Govt. So how Turnbull will navigate the last two sitting weeks of 2017 without losing a key vote has been made a bigger problem. It is interesting that it took a freelance lawyer to precipitate this crisis by pointing out obvious facts to the then Senator Ludlum. What were our top legal minds doing all these years? Closing a blind eye to the effect of Sect 44 of the Constitution?
I doubt there is any chance of a referendum passing to amend Sect 44. I note too that when it was written Canada and New Zealand were all part of the British Empire and were not thought of as foreigners – Sect 44 should have been amended decades ago.
I note too the Coalition Govt elected Sep 2013 was always a lame duck in that they could never get Liberal legislation through the Senate. They only ever passed legislation compliant with Labor/Greens/liberals.
When Turnbull just scraped back in July 2016 with a minute majority in the lower house the lame duck became lame in both legs. Now here we are and nobody will want a Christmas election.