South Australian Debacle Shows Wind Power a ‘Proven Failure’

SA Jul 16

It took the wind power disaster to unfold in South Australia before mainstream media started to notice the bleeding obvious: these things don’t work – on any level. Slowly, but surely the press have pounced – attacking the causes and consequences of pouring $billions in subsidies at a power generation system which can only be seen as a proven failure. Here’s The Daily Bell joining the chorus.

Australia Finds Out Wind Power Doesn’t Really Work
The Daily Bell
17 August 2016

Trust in public power companies misplaced … Former Labor minister Patrick Conlon urges carbon price to fix electricity system … A SENIOR Labor figure is urging a carbon price on electricity to lower household bills by kickstarting investment in new-generation power plants. – The Advertiser

Australian politicians have been obsessed with taxing carbon ever since the tax was briefly imposed and then repealed in mid-2104 by former prime minister Tony Abbott.

In fact, the Australian Labor Party wants up to half of the nation’s electricity to come from “renewables” by 2030. Former Labor state energy minister Patrick Conlon obviously endorses this position.

Conlon writes in Oz’s The Advertiser newspaper that, “Australian electricity consumers are at the mercy of big, old, dirty and cheap coal-fired power plants and failure to impose a carbon price is thwarting new investment.”

Conlon obviously has faith in government bureaucrats. Apparently, taxation is not even applied for purposes of raising revenue, but only to create better economic outcomes. Politicians in charge of taxation carefully determine where a given tax is needed and then apply them as a kind of medical tool with a surgeon’s skill.

More:

“Reliance on old, under-maintained coal burners flirts with disaster. If a couple of big units break down during a hot, high-demand summer, price hikes will obliterate any benefit of cheap coal,” writes Mr Conlon, energy minister from 2002 to 2011.

… Mr Conlon urges setting a carbon price on electricity to encourage “new-generation” investment, allow high-efficiency plants like Pelican Point to operate and drive down long-term generation costs.

According to the article, Conlon is sure the state’s “reliance on wind power, in particular, is not to blame for high electricity prices.”

He is doubtless responding to a call by Liberal Party Sen. Chris Back to ban new wind farms because having so many turbines already in place was increasing energy costs and the potential for serious blackouts.

South Australia is suffering from a power crisis because it has shuttered so many coal plants in favor of wind. Back wants a cost-­benefit analysis done on the wind industry around the country.

Here’s a quote from The Australian, which recently wrote about him:

“There should be no further subsidies paid for an intermittent and unreliable power source that can be seen as a proven failure. There are solutions to our climate challenges but wind power is not one of them.”

The article entitled, “ Australia Considers Banning Wind Power Because It’s Causing Blackouts,” makes many damning points about wind power.

Household electricity prices in Australia have risen by more than 40 percent between 2007 and 2012, the same period when the government offered lucrative wind subsidies.

Power prices in Australian states with a lot of wind power are almost double the rates in other states. Australia’s reliance on wind power risks damaging the country’s power grid because the amount of electricity generated by a wind turbine is very intermittent and doesn’t coincide with the times of day when power is most needed.

Exactly the same arguments can be made regarding solar power. The entire solar and wind industry is surely based on extravagant government subsidies, not just in Australia but around the world. China has recently declared a moratorium on more wind power in some regions. The energy is neither predictable nor efficiently stored.

The same problems occurred in the 1970s, the last decade when these sorts of solutions were obsessively pursued.

We’ve pointed out many times that the real reason governments are anxious to migrate to such “environmentally sound energy” likely has to do with control.

It is relatively easy to dig up coal, or even in some cases oil, and use it. But solar and wind are not so easy to capture and not so reliable. The idea is to build vast power plants and then work on eradicating more personal forms of power.

Conclusion: As usual, the ongoing effort is to strip people of the ability to survive without the massive resources of the state. And as usual, such programs are a gigantic waste of money and boondoggles as well.
The Daily Bell

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Comments

  1. Kelly Tyler says:

    I live in SAult Ste Marie Ontario Canada and the same scam has gone on here! Our rates climb every year Ontario now has the highest cost for power in all of North America. Carbon tax scam kicks in this January 2017 , our province is going to bankrupt its people. You cant afford to use power here anymore!!! When carbon taxes are added to everything I think the working middle class should refuse to pay these do gooders to tax us to death because of their Bullshit mistakes. When carbon tax kicks in the scam is in high gear, I think the people of the world need to stand up against these idiots churning out this bull. The only one benefiting are the scammers with their claims and the rich who use us to do all the work and make them rich. Soros and the U.N. and the IMF are all in on this scam. I hope australia wakes up before they bankrupt your country too. You have cheap coal use it China is and so are all the other countries they are laughing at us suckers. India, Brazil, Russia, Africa all these countries are doubling down on coal. Cheap power to supply their people with power and power their factories to produce goods cheaper than we can in our own countries, no more jobs just look at the steel industry it’s going to get really bad if this continues.

  2. estherfonc says:

    Hi,

    I started a petition “SA PREMIER JAY WEATHERILL : Demand the resignation of the Energy Minister for HIGH POWER PRICES CAUSING SA’s JOBS CRISIS and also 15,000 household POWER DISCONNECTIONS, frequent POWER BLACKOUTS and the JULY 2016 POWER CRISIS” and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name.

    Our goal is to reach 100 signatures and we need more support.

    You can read more and sign the petition here:

    https://www.change.org/p/sa-premier-jay-weatherill-demand-the-resignation-of-the-energy-minister-for-high-power-prices-causing-sa-s-jobs-crisis-and-also-15-000-household-power-disconnections-frequent-power-blackouts-and-the-july-2016-power-crisis?recruiter=135406845&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_responsive

    Please share this petition with anyone you think may be interested in signing it.

    Thankyou for your time.

  3. Without back-up power no insurance company in the world will cover the costs and impacts of a vast fleet of aging, breaking down wind turbines and the current growing failure of our country to create and provide cheap, planet saving, low emission electricity.

    Social and economic costs to each household and business may mean relocation to ‘cheaper’ less (un)-renewable States. Will we see State fighting State over an outpriced resource being made available at the whim of greedy and cruel wind energy owners and providers.

    What preparation and safe guard is being made by the Victorian State Government and other local governments to provide adequate, cheap energy and prevent the increasing hardship being experienced in SA from occurring elsewhere?

    What happens when this mess of a ‘renewable’ system we’ll all be reliant on, predictably provides no power? Will we talk of an electricity drought, will the price exponentially increase as the availability is less? Who will be warm and who will be cold? Who has power today and none tomorrow? As more wind turbines are constructed and hooked up to the grid and as the gap widens and hardship increases, will we see more people shelving their electrical goods, turning off the electric blanket?

    Stripping people and their businesses of their varied assets while supporting the ginormous subsidies required to run this wind energy fading light-show is backwards and does not effectively support the technological and cultural progress now required to reverse this mess.

  4. The truth will prevail.

    Even the average punter in Australian is now waking up to the lies and spin pushed by the wind industry and their cohorts.

  5. Its not that useable power was not produced, its that it was not put to effective use, because the availability and the demand were completely out of synch.
    Natural power sources must be channeled into storage systems and released to suit demand.
    Existing economic coal and gas energy sources must be maintained until such alternative sources are established.

  6. Yeah well the mainstream media that is finally noticing the “bleeding obvious” doesn’t include our paper here in the West….The West Australian. They are still printing rubbish about needing to have more renewables built such as wind power. However, from the letters pages, it seems that some people are finally catching on to the lunacy of it!!

  7. Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    WIND ENERGY DEBACLE :

    “South Australia is suffering from a power crisis because it has [shut] so many coal plants in favor.”

    “Household electricity prices in Australia have risen by more than 40 percent between 2007 and 2012, the same period when the government offered lucrative wind subsidies.”

    Power prices in Australian states with a lot of wind power are almost double the rates in other states. Australia’s reliance on wind power risks damaging the country’s power grid because the amount of electricity generated by a wind turbine is very intermittent and doesn’t coincide with the times of day when power is most needed.”

    BASE-LOAD SOLAR SCAM :

    “Exactly the same arguments can be made regarding solar power.

    The entire solar and wind industry is surely based on extravagant government subsidies, not just in Australia but around the world. China has recently declared a moratorium on more wind power in some regions. The energy is neither predictable nor efficiently stored.”

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