The big gas companies have overcommitted to export volumes, as there were good prices on offer, and they could extract it cheaply, and that's forced up local pricing to parity with export prices, making it one of the most expensive ways to generate electricity. Apparently some companies are making losses on the exporting at the moment, so they wont be paying income tax on it. I think the SA govt is throwing money away in spending $360,000,000 on a 250MW gas generator, that will only be used occasionally, even if they had the gas to run it.
How large a PV array + pumped hydro storage system, which could be used every day without producing pollution or destroying farmland, could you build for that cost?
However, in regards to the so-called gas crisis for domestic use, gas isn't very efficient for water heating or cooking in the house, so my advice is to disconnect and go all electric, maybe just keep the gas for the BBQ.
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