Anthony Watts is obsessed with Australia's electricity system but he doesn't know what he's talking about. He's posted several articles on the blackout in South Australia and all of them are woefully wrong. (None on the blackouts in Victoria, NSW and the ACT.) With his latest (archived here) he shows that he doesn't understand the wholesale pricing system for Australian electricity (few do), and confuses it with electricity generation. His headline is totally misleading. He wrote: "Australian electrical system operator orders wind farms to cut back production in wake of blackout"
No it didn't.
When someone is as obsessed about renewables as he is, you'd think he'd take some time to learn a bit about it. Anthony Watts is not capable, going by his stream of articles so far.
Under his headline, he wrongly wrote this - which he picked up from a misleading article in The Advertiser:
TEN South Australian wind farms have been ordered to limit generation in the wake of the disastrous statewide power blackout because the national electricity market operator has declared they have not performed properly.Wrong again.
Anthony's latest article is about the temporary suspension of market pricing in the wake of the South Australian storm and consequent blackout. Anthony doesn't know that. He thinks it's about reliability. It's not. A market suspension was invoked as a temporary measure to ensure pricing didn't go off the rails while the state was getting the power back up. To keep to the rules, the AMEO issued a notice, which stated in part:
AEMO ELECTRICITY MARKET NOTICE
Heywood interconnector dynamic constraint
Under the market suspension in South Australia, AEMO will limit the flow from South Australia to Victoria to prevent the accumulation of negative residues, which cannot be accommodated under the suspension pricing regime.The Heywood Interconnector is the main connection between South Australia and Victoria. Negative residues, or "negative inter-regional settlement residues" are described in a report on the subject as:
An inter-regional settlements residue is the product of the difference in the regional reference price between two regions in the National Electricity Market (NEM) and the quantity of electricity flowing over an interconnector between those two regions. A negative inter-regional settlements residue (IRSR) arises where there are counter-price flows; that is, electricity flows from a high-priced region to a low-priced region.So the flow of electricity from South Australia to Victoria is temporarily curtailed while the South Australian market suspension is in force. This is not specific to wind power - it's all electricity generated in South Australia, which is primarily generated from gas and wind. It's for market pricing reasons. It's not a reflection on the reliability of generation.
From the WUWT comments
Anthony Watts has the audience he deserves. The "thoughts" so far are as from mindless idiots, barely capable of putting two words together let alone understanding anything about the National Electricity Market in Australia.
ptolemy2 apparently told someone something once.
October 5, 2016 at 8:45 am
See – told ya!
Latitude thinks he or she knows something that Australia's electricity operators don't. Thank goodness our experts who set up our systems don't listen to the idiots at WUWT.
October 5, 2016 at 8:53 am
What kind of idiots would set up a system like this….
The kind of idiots that didn’t even know it would happen….if they knew it would happen, they would have known they would look like idiots
I doubt that Don B knows what his "this" is, going by his confused "thought".
October 5, 2016 at 8:53 am
California and Oregon need to know about this.
On the other hand, their minds are made up, and facts would just confuse them.