“In 5 to 10 years we are going to be …

Comment on Storage major obstacle for going mostly solar: TG by Richard Bentley.

“In 5 to 10 years we are going to be in the right place” said Mr Duignan.
So we are replacing a power generation plant that would have been good for 5 to 10 years at a cost of $75 million when that money could have been better spent ensuring we are fully prepared for that renewable future.
Citizens, this is not about the future of Territory Generation it is about taking control of our power generation with the distribution network, smoothing out the bumps.
If TG was in private hands they would have run a million miles rather than invested $75 million with current knowledge. If they couldn’t produce cheap power we would kiss them good bye.

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An army is not a bad idea. They do not have to be armed with guns.
Robyn and Dale could lead from the front and recognise that this needs to go beyond politics.


Rolfe bail application under exclusion of the public
By coincidence on almost the same day as this event a gathering of police chiefs in America were considering the matter of police shootings in the USA.
Reported in the NY Times 125 people have been shot in confrontations with police in a year.
The article concluded that nobody wins in these circumstances.
Hopefully any inquiry will draw on the American experience in making recommendations to avoid any repetition.


Government electricity firm in trouble as solar booms
The electrification of transport is one way that some value can be extracted from the investment in gas generation at Owen Springs.
I understand that transport amounts to around 30% of energy consumption so there is a great opportunity to reduce emissions by utilising local energy sources – sun or gas – to run your transport fleet. Ultimately all electricity is likely to be solar sourced as the technology is improving by the day and getting cheaper.
But for now anything is better than burning petrol or diesel in an ICE.


Hate speech report sparks trolling
Following events in Alice Springs through Community Forum and Alice Springs News there is rarely a dull moment. It is painful however to see good people with good intentions falling out.
It seems that an internet squabble is not much different from a bar room brawl except with so many people involved it is harder to say sorry tomorrow.
I could not question Erwin’s commitment to his business or the town. As an editor he must call it as he sees it and I for one do not always agree but his paper provides a useful independent voice in the town.
Over the years I have seen many references to the services provided by Wayne Thompson, often at his own expense, to transport services in Alice Springs.
I am also acutely aware of the risks he and his employees face providing that service. This does not excuse the comments made but explains them.
Rather than litigation perhaps the protagonists can find a quiet spot to discuss their differences and get back to lifting the town spirit.


Is talk of gas hot air?
The cost of wind and sun energy is 0 and available forever if you accept the predicted five billion years planet life as for ever.
So if it can be captured efficiently it must outcompete oil and gas.
The rate of expansion of renewable technologies indicates to me that plenty of people have confidence in them.
Stories are emerging from USA particularly and many other locations of coal and gas fired power stations closing early and plans being cancelled.
So if infrastructure is built on the expectation it will be justified over 30+ years and it is redundant in 10 or 20, how can it be considered to have been a good investment?
That is the judgement that is being made around the world and it is clear to me that the pendulum is swinging rapidly to wind, sun, storage technologies, smart grids and the most cost effective, energy efficiency.


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