Steven Marshall concedes defeat in 2018 South Australian Election

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As a born and bred member of the Blackout State your author likes to be a tad proactive in following South Australian politics and maintains an email address on several political mailing lists.

Your author, being naturally of the more ‘right’ slant, would also confess if pushed to being somewhat of a fan of current Liberal leader, Mr Steven Marshall.

It was however both surprising and disappointing to receive an email from Mr Marshall’s office this Tuesday afternoon openly stating that he no longer intends to attempt to win the upcoming 2018 South Australian Election.

Not content to trust the medium of email to fully report his admission of defeat to the South Australian masses, Marshall barely gave time for the shock to disperse before reinforcing his upcoming election humiliation with a pre-recorded and unsolicited phone message.

So what has the Liberal Party and Steven actually done?

They have promised, if elected, to spend $380 million on NOT building a coal-fired power plant.

The deeper breakdown of this plan is as follows:

  • $200 million to improve the interconnection to the National
    Electricity Market.
  • $100 million to provide $2500 to homeowners to install batteries.
  • $50 million on storage technologies.
  • $30 million towards ‘empowering consumers’ to manage their own demand.

Wow.

Also ‘renewables’ because they did so well in preventing the 2016 blackout that, to remind readers, blacked out the ENTIRE STATE.

Let us break down some of this stupidity shall we?

$200 million for the interconnector.

The claim here is that SA will benefit by being able to sell our ‘renewables’ to the other states. The flaw here is that if ‘renewables’ are so affordable, then why is South Australia’s electricity now world famously the most expensive? Far from providing an export market, any money thrown at the interconnector is more likely to ensure that if push comes to shove, one of the other states will be in a better position to keep the lights running for the next Adelaide Oval attempt at pink ball cricket. SA can barely supply itself. The emphasis on stowage even admits SA is now expected to not have enough power available. The other states are much bigger in population and overall power demand than SA. Given that the SA surplus is already confessed to often be negative, in what way is South Australia ever going to be considered a cost effective exporter for the Eastern States?

$100 million to help homeowners buy their own batteries.

First up, simply suggesting investing in a battery is openly admitting the state is unable to guaranty 24/7 cheap electricity. Second, like solar panels, this sort of plan only really benefits people who actually own their own home. Renters or mortgage owners under a bit of financial hardship are going to be the people to miss out, effectively making this plan Upper Class Welfare or, to word it another way, exactly the sort of thing the Unions accuse the Snobby Liberal Elite of doing on just about everything else.

$50 million on storage.

Again, if you are forcing people to store you are admitting that you are not going to be able to guaranty supply. There is also the question as to why none of these renewable electricity companies haven’t instead spent their own money on research that might possibly make their products more effective and desirable on the open market. It is almost as if Big Renewable find it easier to just sit back and let gullible governments grant them massive research grants instead of… Oh. Yeah.

Next question.

$30 million for ‘empowering consumers’.

(Their actual words by the way, and actually bold in the original email.)

What is this? An education campaign? Seriously, in this day and age? Do the brains trust behind this idea honestly believe consumers haven’t considered methods of reducing their power consumption? The full paragraph actually says “financial incentives to manage their own demand”. Is that the new politically correct way of saying “your power bill will reduce if you switch your lights off more often”?

The big screaming elephant in the room is that the need for all these ideas would effectively go away if this money was instead put towards a new power station. There is zero need for stowage if there is power available 24 hours a day. If there is no need for stowage there is no need for stowage research. If you have guarantied power you have no need to beg it from interstate, and indeed have the entire interconnector collapse in blissful apathy.

The entire South Australian Liberal plan could be very easily replaced with a simple pledge to build a new power station.

South Australians, despite what the rest of Australia may believe, do not actually enjoy paying through the nose for electricity. They do not enjoy the international mockery of having their entire state blacked out. Many are educated enough to know that Third World Countries are soon to have more reliable and cost effective power because the governments in those ‘backwards’ Third World places actually have the investment balls to commission new coal plants.

Labor in South Australia hold power by a slim margin. Giving the frustrated voting public a bold dream from opposition is the stuff landslide victories are made of.

Marshall however, with this $380 million disaster, has instead publicly confessed he is willing to lose.

  • Bikinis not Burkas

    $380,000,000 divided by the 2016 census of 1,667,653 residents of S.A. means each resident including children and those in gaols are being slugged $226.64 each to prop up the pollies egos! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0a2670ce6c6feb665632256d053779983bf92dde185a32784fafe5f60095761c.jpg

  • Phill S

    I think the appropriate term for SA blackouts is green out. That’s when you have too much green shit and everything goes black.

  • OneFatOzGuy

    It’s funny how many people think that having solar panels means that if the power goes out while the sun is shining they’ll still have power. They won’t unless they have a very special setup which definitely isn’t the standard configuration.

    AEMO has already forecast multiple blackouts next summer, which doubling down on renewable energy and Elon Musk won’t help. The shortfall is predicted to be greater than the system Musk offered.

    Wonder how the premier (and Musk) will look when we have an average summer compared with the relatively cool one we just had.

    Of course they’ll just blame climate change.

    • John Sheppard

      Or blame the electricity companies for making power too expensive for consumers. Still haven’t realised (or don’t want to admit) that government policy is the only thing that has us in this position.

      I remember someone saying that government is the biggest threat to your personal freedom. Can’t fault that statement.

      • neroden

        Anyone who’s actually analyzed it realizes that the fault is entirely that of the gentailers and grid operators, who are manipulating the system to maximize profits and minimize electricity supplied to consumers. That said, the Coalition government at the federal level is completely in the gentailers’ pocket — despite issuing a report documenting that the gentailers are manipulating the system, they said “Let them keep manipulating it!”, and they collect big campaign contributions from the gentailers, so I guess it’s really the (Liberal/National) government’s fault…

    • neroden

      People who installed their solar and batteries correctly didn’t even notice the power outage. If you didn’t bother to install yours correctly, well, who’s the fool?

      • OneFatOzGuy

        That’s where you’re wrong, there are two different set-ups and the setup that allows for island operation is much more expensive than the standard one used by most, particularly since it requires batteries.

        I rent, so don’t have either, but being an engineer I understand that there are two configurations, the island one requiring large batteries that need to be correctly stored, maintained and serviced. Plus they only get about 10 years life depending on the duty they see.

        If you seriously think every person should seriously have to have their own batteries to keep power on in a first world country, then what’s the point of the grid? That’s not how first or second world countries need to function.

        Perhaps the next time we get blackouts we have a go at the governments, both state and federal, with #australianowa3rdworldcountry
        #3rdworldaustralia
        #thanksgovernment
        Or something to that effect.

  • $380 million. 380,000,000.00 !!!!!!!!!
    It will be the Pink Batts & Building Education Revolution rorts all over again. Whoohoooooo !
    I’m going to get a Government business startup grant, so I can get my renewables home battery business in place to suck on all that juicy taxpayer money.
    Simply fabulous.

  • John Sheppard

    Having had solar panels at my previous property, I know how variable the output in any given day can be. Some days you would much next to no power, so even with batteries you would still need to get onto the grid to top them up before evening.

    The original logic was using panels during the day, with excess charging batteries to get you through the night. While this sounds great, on the days when renewables aren’t working (overcast and no wind), then the grid would be brought down because everyone would then be trying to charge their batteries from the grid!

    I guess they could get more base load power to cover those days. Or just get more base load (coal, gas, nuclear) and get rid of renewables (or at least subsidies… let them stand on their own if it is so cost effective). What an election winning idea!! When are the political parties going to realise that common sense wins votes with the silent majority, and stop pandering to the loud babies that haven’t grown up and don’t need to because you give in to their tantrums at every turn to the detriment of the majority.

    Sigh. Used to be a Liberal supporter. It’s a dirty word now.

  • Ted Dolkens

    OK, So the SA government is going to “give” $2,500 to each household to install batteries to make up for the governments inability to guarantee a constant supply. Where do they get the money for this?? Simple- they raise taxes of course should only cost about $3,000 per household ($2,500 + administrative expenses) Brilliant idea should help raise public service numbers, pity so many private industry jobs will have to fall by the wayside

  • neroden

    The Big Battery has now stopped at least three “extreme price” events. In 19 days.

    Batteries are the solution.

    More informed writers know that third world countries are abandoning coal plants, which are completely uneconomic, and building massive solar arrays and battery systems. In third world countries, the power lines often get cut by vandals. Putting solar and batteries locally means they don’t need power lines at all, which avoids THAT problem.