Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Holden closure will help Energy Market Operator manage SA’s blackout risk, report finds
By political reporter Nick Harmsen
Part of the soon-to-be vacated Holden factory in Adelaide is about to be transformed into a temporary power station to help stave off load-shedding blackouts this summer.
But the car industry’s closure will help the authorities manage the risk of blackouts in another way.
The information is contained in the latest Electricity Forecasting Insights published by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).
“Projections for strong growth in rooftop PV and other consumer changes, along with closure of the automotive industry, are forecast to result in lower consumption in the next two years,” the report said.
I guess this is one sure way to stabilise a green electricity grid. The more factories you shut down, particularly energy intensive heavy industry, and the more workers you fire, the more you stabilise the grid.