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Old 02-18-2004, 12:41 AM   #1
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Perth Electricity Rations

Here in Perth, Western Australia, our monopoly government electricity supplier has placed rations on our electricity supply - ie no air-con, pool pumps etc.

This is due to 3 days of temperatures above 38 degrees C, and because everyone has been using their air-cons, we are now faced with rolling blackouts and threats of $1000 fines if we use our air-cons. Today it is forecast to reach 40C

The reason for the shortages is a lack of natural gas to power the generators, while the north of WA has some of the largest gas reserves in the world. It is piped down to Perth, but obviously not enough.

Perth people have also had sprinkler rosters to 2 days a week per household, for the past 3 summers. Many peoples gardens are dying as a result. Again, there is heaps of water going to waste in the north, as the Fitzroy river floods every summer, and should be dammed and some water piped to perth

This is what would be expected in a third world country, but surely not in Australia ??

Does this sort of thing happen in other developed countries, or is it just us??

Old 02-18-2004, 12:53 AM   #2
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I heard on the radio that most large australian cities can expect the same over the next few years. I'm over in Sydney and they reckon in a year or two it'll be a similar story here.

I can remember exactly what they said but I gather its to do with planning and infrastructure eg not enough generators.
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There were similar problems with rolling blackouts in California a couples years back.

Water is also a problem for most of the Western US. We don't have water restrictions where I live, but it's a very unpopulated state as compared to most. There are many places, in larger metropolitan areas where there are water restrictions very similar to what you're going through. We've been having really dry winters too. It seems around here we get less and less snow each season. It's getting very serious because we rely on the yearly snow-pack in the mountains to sustain our lakes and rivers.

We can definitely relate to you here in the States. Hang in there, and hope it cools down for you soon
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I think if there is extra water and gas to the north, there is no excuse not to distribute to Perth! Here in Miami I have not yet heard about power shorts in hot weather, and water seems to be no problem.
Old 02-18-2004, 07:34 PM   #5
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That's what happens when you let government run things...

Privatization is the answer, folks!
Old 02-18-2004, 08:28 PM   #6
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Originally posted by Kurt M. Weber
That's what happens when you let government run things...

Privatization is the answer, folks!
That was random.

Anyway, water restrictions have never been a problem where I live because it usually rains enough around here. The problem is, though, privatized energy companies that are government-guaranteed a monopoly. They can continuously raise prices and tell regulators they "need to do it" to recoup operating costs. Yuck. The cable companies are worse, though, because they supposedly have competition with satellite and free broadcast television.
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40 C?

40 F sounds pretty darn toasty to me right now.

Dont get me started on the cable companies.

Old apartment: DSL + DirectTV = $75 a month
New Apartment(no dishes allowed & too far from the switch for DSL):
Comcast hi-speed + Comcast digital cable = $105

Give me good old fashoned big government over a monopoly anyday.

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