Origin’s Grant King: Giant Fans Fail to Reduce CO2 At All

Grant King

Grant King tries to estimate wind power’s contribution to CO2 abatement.

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Australia has spent $billions propping up wind weasels with cheap money (read unsecured loans which are, in effect, interest free) from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (see our post here); the benefit of the mandatory Renewable Energy Target, which forces retailers to purchase wind power on pain of a fine – aka the “shortfall charge” – currently $65 for every MW/h the retailer falls short of the mandated RET (see our post here); and, of course, the torrent of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) – a Federal Tax on all Australian electricity consumers – upon which the whole fan fiasco depends.

So far, more than $8 billion worth of REC tax has been added to Australian power consumers’ power bills.

Giant fans have destroyed once peaceable and productive communities – like Waterloo and Mt Bryan in South Australia; Cullerin and Lake George in NSW; Toora, Cape Bridgewater, Macarthur and Waubra in Victoria – Spanish fan scammers, Acciona have just logged noise complaint number 1,383 at Waubra.

Dozens of hard-working farming families are being driven nuts in their homes by incessant turbine generated low-frequency noise and infra-sound all over the country – around 40 perfectly good homes have been abandoned, so far – including 11 at Waubra, 7 of which have been purchased by Acciona with the sale subject to draconian “gag” clauses (see our post here).

Sure, wind power “piety” has its price – colossal cost and a trail of human misery – but – we’re constantly told that “it’s all for the greater good”.

Ex-US Marine Barry Funfar was told to “suck it up and do something for [his] country” in response to his complaint about the fact that neighbouring fans at Falmouth have ruined his life (see our post here).

As one goon working for Suzlon REPower – telling Boorowa farmer and grazier, Sam McGuiness a while back about their plan to lob 100 or so giant fans right in Sam’s backyard – put it: “Sam, you’ll be taking one for the planet” (see our post here).

The ONLY justification for wind power is the wild and extravagant claims made about its ability to reduce CO2 emissions – so why don’t we take a look at the CO2 abatement scoreboard, courtesy of The Australian.

Billions in tax but only 0.3pc fall in carbon emissions
The Australian
Sid Maher
5 February 2014

GREENHOUSE gas emissions declined only marginally in the first 15 months of the carbon tax’s operation, new figures reveal.

National greenhouse accounts to be released today show carbon emissions fell just 0.3 per cent in the year to September 2013. This was despite the carbon tax raising $7 billion over the period.

The government will use the figures to back its call for the abolition of the carbon tax ahead of the return of parliament next week.

The Department of Environment figures, obtained by The Australian, show electricity emissions fell 5.5 per cent or about 11 million tonnes in the year to September.

Origin Energy managing director Grant King last year estimated the reduction at 13 million tonnes and said that, of this reduction, about 5 million tonnes was driven by reduced economic activity, 4 million tonnes by extra generation from the Snowy Hydro scheme and another 4 million tonnes by lower output at Energy Australia’s Yallourn brown coal plant because of flooding and industrial action.

Emissions for the year to September 2013 were estimated at 542.1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, equivalent to a fall of just 0.3 per cent compared with the previous year’s 543.9 million tonnes.

The year-to-September figures came after year-to-July figures showed a decline of just 0.1 per cent to 545.9 million tonnes from 546.2 million tonnes. “When we look at the first practical year … we can see very little evidence that the current carbon pricing scheme has caused reductions in emissions in the energy sector,” Mr King said in December.

The Environment Department said the lower electricity emissions were driven by lower demand and changes in the generation mix. The figures show that overall emissions of greenhouse gas are largely unchanged since 2010. While emissions from electricity generation fell, emissions from stationary energy such as on-site power generation from industrial plants rose 1.7 per cent, emissions from transport rose 2 per cent and so-called fugitive emissions from mining activities rose 8.3 per cent.

Emissions from waste at rubbish dumps fell 0.3 per cent.

The release of the figures comes ahead of the resumption of parliament next week, where the government will again increase pressure on Labor over its decision to block the repeal of the carbon tax. The Abbott government is in the process of developing its alternative Direct Action scheme, which is likely to initially target energy efficiency for commercial buildings, cutting fugitive emissions from coalmines and cleaning up dirty brown coal power stations.

Consultations on the shape of the emissions reduction fund – the $1.55bn centrepiece of the Direct Action Plan – are continuing.

Other measures being considered include allowing businesses to bid to improve refrigeration systems that can cut both emissions and energy use, reafforestation and improving soil carbon levels.

The government is committed to cutting Australia’s emissions 5 per cent below 2000 levels by 2020.

Critics of Direct Action argue that the government’s scheme will be more expensive as it relies solely on domestic abatement whereas Labor’s scheme allowed the purchase of low-cost credits from international abatement schemes.
The Australian

Okay, so let’s have a quick scoreboard recap to see whether the wick’s been worth the candle.

Grant King is the managing director of Origin Energy – Australia’s largest electricity retailer and one of our bigger generators – so you’d reckon that Grant might know a thing or two about Australia’s market for sparks.

Grant is also very keen to back large-scale hydro. Origin’s huge planned Purari run-of-the-river hydro project in Papua New Guinea has the potential to eclipse Australia’s Renewable Energy Target on its own – so he is clearly a fan of real (ie on-demand) renewables (see our post here).

In the piece above, Grant sets out his sums on CO2 abatement in the Australian electricity market over the year ending September 2013 – and here’s his tally.

Of a total CO2 emission reduction of 13 million tonnes achieved by electricity generators in that time:

  • 5 million tonnes was driven by reduced economic activity;
  • 4 million tonnes by extra generation from the Snowy Hydro scheme; and
  • 4 million tonnes by lower output at Energy Australia’s Yallourn brown coal plant because of flooding and industrial action.

On our mathematic reckoning 5 + 4 + 4 = 13 – which means those 3 factors laid out by Grant exhaustively account for ALL of the CO2 abatement achieved in the electricity sector in the year to September 2013.

There is, of course, a tiny possibility that Australia’s largest electricity supplier got its sums wrong – and simply overlooked wind power’s contribution to CO2 abatement – but we doubt it.

So – for all the cost, all the suffering, all the community division – the grand contribution made to CO2 electricity emissions abatement by Australia’s enormous fleet of giant fans amounts to a big fat doughnut.

STT has said it before – and we will keep on saying it: wind power is the greatest economic and environmental fraud ever committed, because it can not – and will never – reduce CO2 emissions.

STT hears that the Head Boy is just about to announce a policy shift – based on the Coalition’s Direct Action policy – that will finally put the wind industry to proof.

IF – and it’s a mighty big IF – the wind industry can PROVE that it has – and does – in fact abate CO2 emissions – then, and only then, will it receive any further taxpayer and power consumer largesse.

For all the $billions these scammers have received – and for all the suffering and misery they’ve caused – we think proving their wild and entirely untested claims about CO2 abatement is the very least that they should be required to do.  But on Grant King’s numbers – we highly doubt that’ll ever happen.

Scoreboard-2

With the game theirs to lose, wind weasels fail to score.

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Comments

  1. Geothermal.

    I can recall being at East Maitland where I had a conversation with a gentleman who said; “We have free energy – it’s geothermal.”

    So what is wrong with the so-called “intelligent” people?

  2. Jackie Rovenksy says:

    The financial scam, the engineering failure and the HUMAN EXPERIMENT has to stop and stop now. Tomorrow is only causing the harm to continue. When did experimentation on humans again become acceptable? Knowingly causing harm to people and animals is an offence in law – surely!!!! So why is it being allowed to continue?
    Financial fraud is an offence in law isn’t it, so why is it being allowed to continue?
    Fraud is not only financial there is also an engineering fraud being conducted, it’s been pushed down our throats that these things are capable of doing things they can never do and do not emit annoying health effecting noise, isn’t that a fraud when they know it is a lie?
    When is it going to stop???????

  3. Martin Hayles says:

    Eight Thousand Million Dollars for no appreciable benefit in relation to a dubious prospect at best. The frauds such as Flannery and all the trough feeders know the science is not settled as by it’s very nature science is rarely if ever ‘settled’.
    As the wind industry is fully aware of the injurious nature of turbines, it is partaking in not only a fraud but an act of intentional malice.
    How on earth our ‘leaders’ can sit by and do nothing to stop this beggars belief.
    I sincerely hope the Head Boy ‘gets it’ and does legislate to halt the abomination that is Big Wind.
    There are many people involved in the fraud and there are many that deserve to spend time in the Big House if there is any sense of natural justice. So many that we would have to build another Big House

  4. George Papadopoulos says:

    There seems to never be any shortage of sharks who tell others to make the sacrifice for the “common (cough, cough) good” – at least wind turbines will make some people wealthier and yeah, might save a few grams of coal…

    I think the government should make it legal to give such bastards a black eye!

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  2. […] The wind industry and its parasites tout spurious and unproven benefits in terms of CO2 emissions reductions – reductions which cannot and will never be delivered by a generation source delivered at crazy, random intervals that adds nothing to the entire Eastern Australian Grid hundreds of times each year – and which, therefore, requires 100% of its capacity to be backed up 100% of the time by fossil fuel sources (see our posts here and here). […]

  3. […] But, these days, what incenses them most is that all of that insane cost – and all of that unnecessary suffering – is all for NOTHING – because, in the end result, wind power fails in it’s only purported justification: it cannot and will never reduce CO2 emissions in the electricity sector (see our posts here and here). […]

  4. […] The wind industry and its parasites tout spurious and unproven benefits in terms of CO2 emissions reductions – reductions which cannot and will never be delivered by a generation source delivered at crazy, random intervals that adds nothing to the entire Eastern Australian Grid hundreds of times each year – and which, therefore, requires 100% of its capacity to be backed up 100% of the time by fossil fuel sources (see our posts here and here). […]

  5. […] That scrutiny will continue and – eventually – these journalists will gain a deep and thorough understanding of the scale of the fraud – both economic and environmental – as they come to understand that wind power can only ever be delivered at crazy, random intervals – it disappears entirely from the grid hundreds of times each year – accordingly requiring 100% of its capacity to be backed up 100% of the time from conventional generation sources – the insane costs of running fast start-up peaking power plants, mostly Open Cycle Gas Turbines which belt out of 3-4 times the CO2 per unit generated compared to coal/gas thermal and cost around $300 per MW/h to run (compared to $25 per MW/h for coal/thermal) to cover missing wind-watts and – in the end result – failing in it’s only purported justification because it cannot and will never reduce CO2 emissions in the electricity sector (see our posts here and here). […]

  6. […] The RET is an insanely expensive and utterly ineffective way of reducing CO2 emissions in the electricity sector – which is the whole point of the RET in the first place (see our posts here and here). […]

  7. […] Dick Warburton can be expected to bring a “completely open mind” when it comes to challenging the wild and unsupported claims made by the wind industry about its purported cost competiveness with conventional generation sources and about its unproven claims to abate CO2 emissions in the electricity sector (see our post here). […]

  8. […] As a consequence of the mandatory RET – wind power has driven up power prices (10 years ago, Australia has enjoyed the lowest power prices in the world – now they pay the highest) – and provided no measurable reduction in CO2 emissions in return (see our post here). […]

  9. […] And, worse, these scammers are unable to provide any proof that wind power is in fact reducing CO2 emissions in the electricity sector (see our post here). […]

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