Not sure how much press this story will get in the US, but it something we need to follow as our Nation's LNG exports and renewable portfolio grows.
Australia’s electricity shortages should be a warning sign to the U.S. to avoid relying too heavily on green energy sources like wind and solar while mass exporting natural gas, according to a Monday report from The Wall Street Journal.
Australia’s energy providers’ failure to adequately fill a vacuum left by retired coal plants is making it difficult for them to provide enough energy for the country’s citizens during hot summer months. One company shipped out hundreds of thousands of tons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) during the middle of a blackout that cut power to tens of thousands of homes, the report noted.
Several ships left Gladstone, Australia, shipping 314,000 tons of LNG while a blackout shut off the power to 90,000 homes in the city of Adelaide. That’s enough natural gas to generate electricity for roughly 750,000 Australian homes for a year, according to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Australia cut back on coal as companies began increasing natural gas exports. The country’s coal production placed it among the world’s biggest greenhouse-gas emitters per capita – Australia began shuttering coal-fueled plants at dizzying rate without plans to replace them with other power sources.