About: Ray Hadley spars with Peter Dutton over coal-fired power stations
Pumped hydro is base load power. You can use renewables like solar panels and wind and pump the water up hill during the cheap times and then harness the FREE renewable power of gravity to provide base load power AT NIGHT AND WHEN THERE ISNT ANY WIND. If you look at QLD we have a pumped hydro scheme being built right now and it will provide up to 250 megawatts. Its called the Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project and if you just google search for QLD pumped hydro its the first result.
Why oh why are people so fixated on coal fired power plants. They take 8 to 10 years to even build which is more than 2 terms of federal parliament there's no way in hell you're going to get bipartisan support which is why the government hasn't done it yet. It also costs billions of dollars to build and if you compare the BANG FOR YOUR BUCK between renewables and COAL you will find renewables are FAR FAR FAR cheaper which means your electricity will be LESS EXPENSIVE.
Now Australia is a very very large continent and its very very RARE that the wind doesn't blow and the sun doesn't shine SOMEWHERE on this continent. We have interconnectors we have energy projects like the South Australian very large Tesla battery and smaller schemes like the state based subsidies for lithium house batteries and we have more Australians than EVER putting solar panels on our roofs and its because WE WANT TO SAVE MONEY. Its not about spending thousands to save the environment people are doing it to SAVE MONEY.
You outlay a few thousand dollars stick the panels on your roof and your power bills go down to low, nothing or even in reverse and your power company will send you cheques.
Why is 2GB so bloody fixated on coal and why do they keep repeating the lie that ''there is no alternative for coal for base load power'?????????? There are loads of alternatives and pumped hydro if you look on Google do your own research for yourself the entire world is rolling out pumped hydro in conjunction with house batteries and renewables. Thats the answer and its very very simple when you tell the truth unlike you will hear on 2GB by these people who constantly say there is no alternative to coal for base load power which is a complete lie.
Is this news or copyright infringement? Come on Guardian, this is lazy.
Technology ignorant people always squawk about "base-load power".
This continent is awash in unlimited energy but is barely able to make good use of it because political ideologues want to dominate the conversation and control the industry.
Right wing nutjobs can't get their heads past coal and Left wing losers won't accept energy sources other than rainbows and unicorn sh!t.
Why WIN the world AND lose your SOUL?.. what did I ever ask for?
Work with out.problems.
No "BATTERIES" can power a city 24/7 it's just madness.
Australia is one of the biggest EXPORTERS of Natural Gas and Coal in the world but if we use it for cheap power the sky will fall?
Renewable energy companies vs coal companies, whos win?
A little metamucil can go a long way, fellas.
The world has to stop burning coal. Find solutions. If there's a will, there's a way.