South Australia – Wind Powered Train Wreck: Power Supply Chaos Strands Thousands of Commuters

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South Australia’s wind powered economy is a picture of reliability (see above and below). In its capital, Adelaide, for 2 days in row (28 and 29 April) thousands of hopeful commuters were left to their own devices, as wild variations in wind power output wrecked the power supply to its Seaford/Tonsley electric train line. We’ll […]

With the Lessons from SA’s Wind Power Disaster Nothing Justifies the Endless Acoustic Torture of Wind Farm Victims

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The wind industry in Australia today is in a state of constant hysteria. The events that have culminated in South Australia’s electricity supply and pricing calamity have thrown a spotlight on wind power, with public sentiment shifting from benign indifference to outright hostility (readers of The Australian’s online stories will find hundreds of comments from […]

South Australia’s Lessons for the World: Subsidised Wind Power The Fastest Route to Social & Economic Disaster

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Judith Sloan: lays out a lesson on avoiding economic & social disaster. **** In a week when the mainstream media have been (finally) laying out the catastrophic results of South Australia’s ludicrous attempt to power itself on sunshine and breezes, it would be rude not to include this cracking article penned by The Australian’s top-flight […]

South Australia’s Wind Power Disaster: No Solution in Sight

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‘Panic’ is the only word capable of describing the mood among South Australia’s policymakers.  Over the last few posts, STT has detailed a wealth of media coverage on SA’s self-inflicted energy debacle. The former general manager of the Electricity Trust of South Australia (ETSA), Bruce Dinham is one of many groping around (knowing SA’s power […]

South Australia’s Wind Power Debacle Leaves Labor Government Begging for Baseload Power

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STT followers might be tiring of our focus on South Australia.  However, the disaster – both economic and social – unfolding in SA should be taken as a warning to any policy maker foolish enough to believe that an economy can be powered using sunshine and breezes.  Here’s another take on the debacle from The […]

South Australia’s Energy Fiasco: Wind Power Dropout Leaves BHP with Whopping $2.5 Million Power Bill

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Continuing our focus on Australia’s “wind power capital”, South Australia and its self-inflicted energy disaster, here is another story outlining the debacle, this time from The Advertiser. BHP’s SA power bill hit $2.5m – on a single day The Advertiser Luke Griffiths 16 July 2016 THE power bill of the state’s largest private employer recently […]

Panic Hits South Australia: Wind Power Debacle Sends Power Prices Through the Roof

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*** South Australia’s witless Labor government is in a state of full blown panic. Since the closure of Alinta’s Northern and Playford power stations at Port Augusta, peaking power operators (using highly inefficient Open Cycle Gas Turbines or even diesel generators) have been gouging SA’s crippled power market, every time wind power output collapses.  The […]

South Australia’s Wind Power Nightmare Crushing its Biggest Employers

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For over 3½ years, STT has been warning about the pending social and economic disaster in Australia’s so-called “wind power capital”, South Australia. A few weeks back we covered yet another crippling 12% hike in retail power prices, to be suffered by cash-strapped South Australian households; those who, of course, aren’t among the tens of […]