Our electricity supply is ‘much less reliable than it used to be’

Sky News host Cory Bernardi says Australia’s electricity supply is “much less reliable than it used to be” because baseload power generators have had their businesses smashed as a result of government subsidies attached to home and business solar. “A report released today in South Australia showed that for the first time ever, average electricity prices between 10AM and 3:30PM were negative $12 per MWh,” he said. “That meant that generators had to actually pay suppliers to take their electricity. It was caused by a combination of a mild summer (resulting in less electricity demand) and the explosion in government subsidised solar panels on so many household and business rooftops. “The real problem comes when people still need the power and the sun isn’t shining. That’s when we need generators to provide that baseload electricity to heat and cool our homes, operate our internet, keep the lights on and watch Sky News of course. “If the generators are losing money during the day, it’s harder for them to cover their costs by only selling power in the night hours. That means night prices might increase or baseload stations may even close as they become unviable.”
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