Power from Weather

It’s hard to argue that adverse weather is a not problem for weather dependent energy sources. Just hope the UK learns from this.

Interesting how the BBC described it as unprecedented – surely their favourite word is misplaced given this has happened before?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-37481256

I am guessing by now that most environmental correspondents “E” key will be completely warn out.

Why not wind power

It has happened. A massive blackout in South Australia, home of the “we are so proud of our renewable energy” state. Reports have claimed it was a “50 year” storm. For the weather illiterate, “50 year” storm does not mean a storm that occurs once every 50 years. It means that based on historical records, the conditions that produce the storm occur once every 50 years on average. The storms can occur three years in a row. (Think of Hillary Clinton winning 6 coin tosses in a row.) A similar storm can occur next week. The “50 year” designation is not a law of weather or even a postulated rule—it’s a statistical value based on past occurrences that has no predictive value. Some media reports appear to be warning that exactly this can happen and “probably will” (as in there’s a chance and let’s play it for all we’re worth…

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