Labour and the Greens first held up South Korea as the model of their electricity reforms, that didn’t work out so well, so now they are talking about California as the nirvana. Quite apart from the fact that the Socialist Republic of California is flat broke and slashing jobs their electricity sector isn’t much chop either.
This from the California Consumer Energy Centre:
To understand the situation facing California, there are three terms that need to be defined- blackouts, brownouts, and rotational outages or “rolling blackouts.” A rotational outage or “rolling blackout” is when the utility company shuts off the power to an area, turns it back on, and then shuts the power off in a different area. The power outage typically lasts 60 to 90 minutes.
A brownout is when the electrical current flowing to your home or office is temporarily reduced (an average household can barely notice the difference). You may notice that the lights may slightly dim temporarily. These power reductions can be uncontrolled and controlled.
They also have a grading system for their “rolling blackouts”: Read more »