Letters to the editor December 30 2017

BEAUTIFUL: Bulli pool at sunrise by Michael Vaughan.  Send us your photos to letters@illawarramercury.com.au or post to our Facebook page.
BEAUTIFUL: Bulli pool at sunrise by Michael Vaughan. Send us your photos to letters@illawarramercury.com.au or post to our Facebook page.


The monitoring of the generation and transportation of electricity and the hourly market charges traded in response to consumer demand is carried out by the Australian Energy Market Operator Limited (AEMO).

On the afternoon of February 8, 2017, without warning more than 90,000 homes in South Australia had their power deliberately cut by the AEMO “due to lack of available generation supply in SA”.

The power was not restored to about 45 minutes later.

Fed up, the Premier Jay Weatherill advised the federal government his government would “step away” from the national electricity grid and “take control of our own future”.

True to his word the Premier built the world’s biggest battery (100Megawatt Tesla) paired with a wind farm at Hornsdale north of Adelaide.

Last week, when the coal-fired Loy Yang power plant in Victoria tripped and went offline, the Tesla battery delivered 100 megawatts into the national electricity grid in 140 milliseconds.

A record.

By comparison, South Australia’s Torrens Island power station would take half an hour to an hour to energise and synchronise into the market, according to experts.

Are you listening Malcolm Turnbull?

The battery was built in under 100 days.

It is part of a $550 million plan by the state government to guarantee energy supply to South Australians no matter what the circumstances.

All we need now is the Queensland, New South Wales and Victorian governments to follow suit and our energy problems are solved.

Are you listening Prime Minister Turnbull?

John Macleod, Berry


Self -styled expert on the question of creationism Adrian Devlin, in a recent contribution to the Mercury Opinion page, ventured into the intricate medical field of  ophthalmology in an attempt to sustain his view of the existence of an omnipotent God identity.

It was a venture which has not gone too well in terms of Adrian Devlin’s medical knowledge, if the contribution ‘The eyes have it’ (Illawarra Mercury, Wednesday December 27) Mr David Goss, can be used as a measure.

Personally, as someone whose knowledge of the science of optics is confined to a common sense acceptance human sight, or indeed that of any other life-form, remains in a state of almost constant change I found the “Devlin Doctrine” of the God entity being the sole source of the origin of sight for the human species, to be suspect.

For it to be believed, one has to accept those unfortunates who are born blind had been so afflicted by the same God identity.

By contrast, the Goss option, offered at least an explanation as to the likely cause and effect of evolution upon the eyesight of the species.  

Barry Swan, Balgownie




The degree of selfish greed is totally incomprehensible.

I do hope that the thieves get caught as the community of Coalcliff and surrounding suburbs were looking forward to this final touch to such a big project.

_ Smoked out

Who would do that?

Some people I dunno.

_ John

 i thought it would go on the pallets not when it was laid.

_ Luke


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