* Posts by Wayne Sheddan

2 posts • joined 10 Jun 2008

Steve Fossett may be alive, investigator claims

Wayne Sheddan

Air & Space's take....

From one of the best magazines on the planet:



NZ hydropower drought could see leccy rationing

Wayne Sheddan

But what we really want to know is...

How will this affect the BOFH?

I am not sure where everyone gets the idea that alternate renewables (wind, solar, wave) are able to be bought online overnight?

Its only in the last coupla years that wind has been anywhere near cost effective enough to even consider - and then the infrastructure to transport GWs of wind generated electricity hundreds of km through mountainous, fault riddled terrain (which is zealously protected by a beligerant and militant green lobby) doesnt just 'pop-up'.

As for wave, solar,... - these are realistically still only at the production prototype stages. Hardly ready for pinning the energy demands of a country on.

Also, the impression I have is that NZ - like many developed countries, has a power grid that is starting to creak under the load. Generation is one thing - delivering it is quite another.