Following on from Terry Cardwell's post THE COMING POWER CRISIS (link)
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The Snowy Hydro Electric Scheme is the greatest power scheme in Australia but it is limited by the availability of water.
For that reason, we must use it at the most necessary times such as peak loads or emergencies.
Without the Snowy Hydro ‘topup’ they would have to build more thermal or gas turbine generators to cover the peaks and more important the spinning reserve.
The Snowy power allows more flexibility and the generators can be run up, remotely from zero to full load in 2 minutes.
A gas turbine can be run up quickly too but not as quick as that and is more