I wish the ETU well with trying to sort this …

Comment on Electricity union predicts more blackouts by Alex Hope.

I wish the ETU well with trying to sort this one out! It does sound as though there is a commonality of interest with us electricity consumers.
The cloud cover problem is obviously a significant one for Alice Springs, with summer storms being a frequent event when there is peak electricity use for airconditioning.
One wonders if any consideration has been given to distributed battery storage to go with distributed electricity production? That could be domestic level batteries which can be controlled remotely, as in this South Australian trial:

South Australia launches biggest solar + storage trial to defray network costs

Is there anyone here who can give us some numbers for or against the idea?
It seems monumentally wasteful to be running a generator on gas for the sake of standby power.

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Territory Generation rejects claims by electricity union
First, thanks to the Alice Springs News Online for taking this topic on board, and allowing both parties to state their case.
The decision to purchase of battery storage is good news, however I am left wondering why they have gone for the lithium ion batteries used by Vector, rather than using vanadium redox technology.
My understanding is that lithium ion batteries have a limited life, probably of about five years with daily discharge and recharge cycles, and are relatively more expensive to scale up when increased capacity is needed. Vanadium batteries use tanks of vanadium electrolyte to store energy, and capacity can be increased by adding additional tanks to the installation.
Perhaps through the Alice News we could also have an explanation from Territory Generation as to the rationale for their choice?

Slow gains on exploding youth crime
Can we learn anything from Iceland’s experience in reducing the problem of disaffected youth?


Making the CBD vibrant, again: Detail, please.
We need people living in the CBD to bring more life there and create the safety provided by numbers of people on the streets.
Government could help by policy decisions which encourage this.
Local government could help by modifying the rating regime to encourage part-residential buildings in the CBD.

‘Trespassers’ on Commonwealth land spray fracking graffiti
One of many pleasant things about living in the NT is the lack of visual pollution from outdoor billboard advertising, other than those on the racecourse land on the Stuart Highway which preceded (and perhaps prompted) the legislation which does not permit advertising outdoors other than for the products or services provided by the owners of the premises.
Some may remember various attempts by real estate agents to circumvent these rules, with a proliferation of L J Hooker signs in relation to sponsoring litter collection, and other agents putting signs up on houses they had sold long ago, after letters to the local paper in complaints, the signs all disappeared.
The other loophole is for signs on the highway approaching NT towns, advertising tourism-related services, and very tacky they look too, with no provision for anyone to remove them when the business goes bust, leaving many of them rubbishing the landscape forever and a day.
So has there been a change in legislation with no public consultation, or has the airport corporation found some new loophole?
If indeed we are stuck with the signs, then presumably it is open to anyone to advertise on them. If so, would anyone join me in a crowdfunding campaign to buy space to call for a Frack-Free NT?

Government still mainly in the ‘gunna’ phase
What the Alice Springs CBD needs is a critical mass of people living there, the presence of people around will always be more effective than CCTV in discouraging antisocial behaviour in public spaces.
Who remembers the Melbourne CBD before the “postcode 3000” campaign brought the place alive?
It was dead after 6pm and midday on Saturdays, and the lanes which are now full of cafes and people were scary dark alleys.
If the public money spent on bringing cars back into the Mall (not so many years after the Mall was revamped to ban them!) had been spent instead on subsidies to convert the upper stories of the properties in the CBD into flats, imagine how different a place it could be.

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