Crunch Time: Can Australia Escape its Self-Inflicted Renewable Energy Calamity Before It’s Too Late?

Craig Kelly: champion for common sense & reason.

 

Everything about Australia’s renewable energy calamity was perfectly predictable and perfectly avoidable. Throwing $60,000,000,000 in subsidies at chaotically intermittent wind and solar was a pretty good start. Placing lunatics in charge of the entire operation sealed the deal.

Australia’s Eastern Grid (covering QLD, NSW, VIC, TAS, ACT & SA) is on the brink of collapse; under threat every time the temperature rises (and with it demand for electricity), the wind drops and the sun drops over the horizon.

South Australia, its wind and solar capital, pays the highest power prices in the world.

Victoria, with its own ludicrous 50% renewable energy target, is catching up fast. It’s also coming to experience the mass blackouts and load shedding that wind ‘powered’ South Australians are renowned for: Worthless Wind Power: Australia’s RE Debacle Deepens With 200,000 Victorian Households Left Powerless During Heatwave

At times, Liberal MP, Craig Kelly sounds like the only politician in this country with his head screwed on. Craig is one of a handful who actually understand the causes and consequences of Australia’s energy crisis. Making him rarer still, Craig has the temerity to tackle, head-on, the cabal of well-healed renewable energy rent seekers – profiting from the greatest government mandated scam in Australian history – and to go to toe-to-toe with the RE zealots he merrily infuriates.

Here’s Craig, doing all the above, in a cracking interview with 2GB’s Alan Jones.

Liberal MP calls for government to fight ‘completely insane’ push to renewables
2GB
Alan Jones and Craig Kelly
4 February 2019

Backbencher Craig Kelly is taking it upon himself to prosecute the government’s case for coal-fired power.

The Opposition says if it wins the election, it will drastically ramp-up the use of wind and solar.

That’s despite more than 200,000 homes losing power during Victoria’s heatwave last month.

It came a little more than a year since the Hazlewood coal-fired power plant closed.

In January 2018, wholesale power prices were $26.10 per megawatt hour in Victoria.

This January, with the plant closed, the average price was $250 per megawatt hour. A jump of around 800 per cent.

Liberal member for Hughes, Craig Kelly, is calling on his own government to start informing voters of the issue.

“We are the most energy-rich nation in the world.

“We export more coal than any other nation, we export more LNG than any other nation, we have more uranium in our ground than anywhere else in the world.

“And yet we’ve got this absurd situation, we can’t afford to keep the lights on in Victoria.

“And not only that, we are now paying record wholesale prices for electricity.”

“If it wasn’t so serious, you’d laugh. This is completely insane!”
2GB

 

Alan Jones:  In the last week, with the federal election due this year, two very important issues have come together. In the first place, there’s been endless publicity for a raft of independence, who are going to stand, and some, most, profess Liberal connections, and are allegedly disenchanted with the Liberal Party. I’ll come to that issue after 7:30. Suffice to say, that’s rubbish.

Let me put that simply. It is a complete and absolute untruth. These people have not a bone of Liberal sentiment in their body. The second issue here is that the one common factor, it appears, in their candidature is climate change, and they rabbit on about this with religious fervour. We have every reason therefore to be concerned. We’re also told last week that our energy crisis, that’s the word that’s being used, the fact that we are resource rich and energy poor is surely a disgrace. We were told that our energy crisis will continue over the next two summers. Why wouldn’t it?

Closed down coal-fired power stations and those that exist are ageing. Mr. Shorten’s leading at the polls and he’s talking about a 50% renewable energy target. Last Friday week, more than 200,000 Victorian homes and businesses had their power cut. Alcoa’s, Australian Portland Aluminium plant had to power down, the cost ran into millions and millions of dollars. There’s a woman who’s the Australian energy market operator, I made this point on Friday when talking to Angus Taylor, she’s the bureaucratic head of Australia’s energy policies. She’s an American, an import, a global warming apologist, and a renewable energy disciple. Totally opposed to coal-fired power, and she’s the bureaucrat in charge of energy policy.

I’ve been saying for years, this is the national economic suicide note, here it is, if you can’t guarantee availability, reliability and affordability, you’re in trouble. The cost of business last week was intolerable, lost production means lost orders, lost income, and lost jobs. Angus Taylor told me on Friday, the federal government is now going to consider 10 new power generation projects that include coal. But if you started one today, it’ll be years before you had the energy that’s required to avoid the energy crisis that has been forecast for the next two summers.

Angus Taylor said the government had received 66 submissions, two for clean coal plants. What the hell are the other 64 are about? I’ve got no idea. But I made the point to him that Trevor St Baker, the founder of ERM Power had provided the same Angus Taylor with a six-billion dollar plan to develop high-efficiency, low-emission, coal-fired power plants at Hazelwood in Victoria and Liddell in New South Wales, and he handed that proposal to the minister on January 16. It’s now February 4.

Mr. Baker said the obvious, the whole country knows we have a shortage of reliable power with at least a 1000 megawatt gap in Victoria. New South Wales has no spare capacity and South Australia is a basket case. Well, wholly reliant, South Australia, on renewable energy, we saw what happened there two years ago. These high-efficiency, low-emission hilly plants would produce reliable electricity, coal-fired, for as little as $40 a megawatt hour. Gas is $115 a megawatt hour, solar is $171, and wind you can forget.

Why wouldn’t the greenies support clean coal? Why doesn’t the government have shovels in the ground today? Victoria will be the basket case that South Australia is. Victoria have lost 25% of their power with the Hazelwood coal-fired power station closing down. 62 countries are building or planning 1600 new coal-fired power plants. We have six and we’re going to get rid of them to save the planet. There is no proposal to build any power station, be it coal or nuclear or gas, and if a decision were taken tomorrow, it would take three years to build a power station. So, we’ve gotta continue for another two years with subsidies to solar and wind between $2000 and $3000 million a year, and the prospect of what happened two Fridays ago being ever present.

One of the few people that make sense in all of this is the federal member for Hughes, Liberal member Craig Kelly, and the lefties hate him. Malcolm Turnbull hates him because of his views. Thank God he keeps on, and he’s right here beside me. Good morning to you.

Craig Kelly:  Yes, good morning, Alan.

Alan Jones:  Could I just ask you a question? A very brief question about the floods. Now people are saying to me, “Here is water like we’ve never seen before. None of it’s harvested. None of it’s harvested, we could actually water the whole of Queensland and New South Wales,” and yet the $75 billion has been spent on subsidies to renewable energy.

Craig Kelly:  $75,000 million, Alan. That’s what we’ve spent at the moment on building wind farms and solar farms. Now, if we had’ve instead, of put that money into the Bradfield Scheme, and we’re a land of drought and flooding rains, we have been, Dorothea Mackellar wrote that over 100 years ago, it’s been exactly the same over the last century.

We can do something about that. We can’t do something about changing the weather, but we can do something about watering Australia. The Bradfield Scheme is there, it just takes … We make sure we get our priorities right.

Alan Jones:  I agree. You had this … If we’re going back to Friday, last Friday week, this Victorian Energy Minister, they’ve just had an election then, they won in a landslide. Lily D’Ambrosio, she told us that the temperatures were going to go to about 42 degrees, and she said this, “Blackouts are something that will absolutely not be a feature of today or even a possibility.”

Craig Kelly:  Unbelievable, and look … what actually went … Then she tried to blame it on the coal-fired power. Now, this is the government down there, a Labor government that closed down Hazelwood. They chased it out-of-town by tripling the coal royalties, and they said, “Look, we can get by without Hazelwood, we won’t-”

Alan Jones:  Going too quickly, just make that point again. They tripled the coal royalties which made coal fired-power further unviable, but you’ll remember that in your government led by Turnbull, Abbott said, “It must stay open.” Turnbull said, “No.”

Craig Kelly:  I can remember when Hazelwood was closing, and we argued black and blue, something had to be done to try and keep Hazelwood-

Alan Jones:  25%.

Craig Kelly:  All the experts told us, “Now look, we don’t need Hazelwood, not a problem, we can do without it.” Now we were mugged by reality, and what happened last week where we saw, was it something like 200,000 Victorians went without power, and it wasn’t the coal-fired power stations to blame. This is where the Minister … the Energy Minister in Victoria misled the public. She tried to blame the coal-fired power stations, but what happened? The numbers are very clear. She made that announcement at 10:00 AM in the morning, and what happened between 10:00 AM and 12:00 AM, 12 noon, when the lights went out? It was the wind that dropped off-

Alan Jones:  That’s it.

Craig Kelly:  Wind power fell from 900 mega watts, to down to around 400. 500 megawatts of actually wind power fell in half, that’s why they were short of power, that’s why they have the blackouts. This will happen over and over again until we wake up and realise you must have enough base load power in the system. We don’t have that in Victoria, we don’t have that in South Australia, and when Liddell closes, were on a knife edge in New South Wales.

Alan Jones:  Well that’s what I keep saying, see, it’s got to be available, reliable, and affordable. Solar and wind, are none of those three.

Craig Kelly:  We are the most energy-rich nation in the world. We export more coal than any other nation, we export more LNG than any other nation, we have more uranium in our ground, than anywhere else in the world. Yet we’ve got these absurd situations, we can’t afford to keep the lights on in Victoria, and knowing that we are now paying record, record wholesale prices for electricity.

Alan Jones:  Yes.

Craig Kelly:  What happened? You have a look at the numbers, we go back when Hazelwood, and the Northern Power Station were in the system, 2015. The average price in Victoria, wholesale price, was $26.10 in January. This January it’s been $250 a megawatt hour, the average price, that’s an increase of over 800%. This is what has happened in Victoria-

Alan Jones:  This is Craig Kelly, the federal Liberal member for Hughes, speaking to me here in the studio without a note, without a note. We need people who know their stuff, who don’t read a bureaucratic script.

Just go back to the point you made before, last Thursday week, you talk about wind and solar. Wind, and I saw some figures last night, contributed about 3%-

Craig Kelly:  3%, yes. Just farcical. Even last Friday, Alan, in South Australia, when they got to their peak demand at about 8:20 in the afternoon, wind was supplying 0.7%-

Alan Jones:  That’s it.

Craig Kelly:  Not even 1% when they needed the electricity most. This is why the more renewables you put in the system, the more costly electricity becomes, because you are paying twice. You’re paying once-

Alan Jones:  Once you get the renewables.

Craig Kelly:  That’s it. You’re paying once for the renewables, and you’re paying once for the subsidies, and you’re paying once again to back it all up.

Alan Jones:  But the key here is that in simple language, which is subsidised or not, renewable energy can’t produce reliable power, full stop.

Craig Kelly:  It can’t, Alan. They’ve been running this line, the advocates of renewable saying, “Oh, we can do this with a big battery.” Look at South Australia’s big battery now. Again, the fallacy of this was shown the other week. What happened on that hot day? That big battery cut in a 4:30 PM, pumping in 30 megawatts to the South Australian grid. That’s 1%. 1% of South Australia’s grid. When it got to 7:30, when the power peaked out, it had run out of steam, and it stopped.

Alan Jones:  Yeah.

Craig Kelly:  Remember that 30 megawatts, the world’s biggest battery is 0.1% of our total demand in the national grid. 0.1% of the biggest battery.

Alan Jones:  But then you’ve got outstanding prosecution of the case. Then you come back to this Energy Minister and suddenly everything she said at 10:00 in the morning was proven wrong, the Victorian D’Ambrosio. She then said, “Well, I understand that any loss of power, however brief, is a worry, and that’s something we would all rather avoid and not see happen. People should be rightly disappointed that the power grid was not up to the task.” Then she said, last Friday week, “Sitting in ambitious renewable energy target,” listen to this, “Of 50% by 2030 will boost jobs and investment across regional Victoria, as well as drive down power prices, Victorian businesses and families.” I mean the woman should be out of a job.

Craig Kelly:  But you have to actually laugh, and if it wasn’t so serious, you’d laugh. The jobs that these solar farms that they’re talking about created, all the jobs are created in China. The jobs in Australia, are labour. Labour is unpacking the containers, and squeegee men going around with window washers trying to keep the dust off the solar panels. For every job created that way, we lose two or three or four or five real jobs in the real economy that provide Australia’s competitive advantage of low cost energy, which we’ve given away.

Alan Jones:  Well I mean, as you’ve said many times, I don’t understand why after Friday, this wasn’t that your government didn’t say, “Listen, drip down tools. This is the one story we’re gotta prosecute now, night and day.” Now you’ve said the blackouts have demonstrated the dangerous stupidity of believing that you can replace base load coal-fired power like Hazelwood with wind and solar, you can’t do it.

Craig Kelly:  Well, and this is the test coming up at the election. Labor and Bill Shorten said, “Look what happened in South Australia, we wanna copy that, and we’re gonna roll it out nationwide.” Now, any common sense person that looks at this has got to say, “This is completely insane.” The South Australian experiment with 50% renewable energy has been an unmitigated disaster for that state. It’s tripled electricity prices, it’s given them unreliable suppliers, it’s threatened the economy, and yet Bill Shorten says “We wanna copy this and take it nationwide.”

Alan Jones:  But Craig, it’s here. Now, 32,000 New South Wales families have had their electricity disconnected as a result of the fact they can’t pay their bill. Pardon me. More than 18% are on a hardship payment of families in New South Wales. 18%, because their power bills have jumped by almost 20%, and if you ask the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul, they’ve got people coming to them asking for help with electricity bills and disconnections.

Craig Kelly:  The electricity disconnections in South Australia per capita, are 50% higher than what they are in New South Wales. So if Bill Shorten brings that policy in, we’re gonna see more people unable to afford their electricity bills, and more people disconnected. Just think for a minute, how you would go about the next week if you had no electricity at your home. It means no air conditioning, it means you don’t have a fridge (you have to keep your fridge closed), you don’t have a washing machine. It means you go back to basically a lifestyle of over 150 years ago. It causes pain and hardship in our nation.

Alan Jones:  But, you’ve got … I mean, one of the criticisms of Theresa May in Brexit is that her critics say, “Well, you were a remainer anyway. How can you prosecute the exit strategy?” Here you’ve got the leading bureaucrat in this country that’s not an Australian, she’s an American, this Audrey Zibelman. She is the leading bureaucrat, and she is a renewable energy fanatic. How on Earth can a Liberal government allow her to continue to dictate energy policy?

Craig Kelly:  Well, she was appointed under the former Prime Minister, and I was critical of her appointment at the time.

Alan Jones:  Yep.

Craig Kelly:  Her comments are basically to people that, “Go with that, suck it up.” This is … She’s running this ideological experiment where she wants to have all these solar panels all over the place, without a concern of what it’s going to cost, and also without a concern … Someone coming from New York has no idea what it is like living in Western Sydney, when the temperature gets over 40 degrees, and you need to keep your air conditioning on.

Craig Kelly:  The idea that we just … she’s got this idea, we just shut the power down and turn it off when we have high demand, but this must be deemed as unacceptable.

Alan Jones:  Absolutely. Good on you Craig, keep at it. There’s Craig Kelly. This is a major crisis, can the Morrison Government, that’s a member of it, but he’s a back bencher, can the Morrison Government grapple with this and prosecute the case?
2GB

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Comments

  1. Jackie Rovendky mentioned EXPENSIVE diesel.

    Well Jackie thanks to your pal Pyne locking us into Turnbull’s French Submarine chaos, you won’t even have that when the first Chinese mine, missile or torpedo whacks a tanker traversing the South China Sea.

  2. The main problem here is if the libs reject AGW and all that it stands for they will lose the election by a big margin because most people believe this rubbish.

    They seem to be treading a fine line by appeasing the masses with lip service whilst simultaneously softly hinting about keeping coal plants etc because they know we need them.

    This strategy wil not work because the believers see through the deception and the smart ones like us get pissed off and vote independant or informal. It would have been nice if members of the libs defected to barnadies party and stood for something tangible but alas they did not.

    The libs are not worth your vote……no one is

  3. Jackie Rovensky says:

    It seems that the Federal Government has some very concerned people on board, so why are they dragging their feet, Turnbull was removed and we have seen virtually no moving on in providing reliable energy at an affordable price to the people of this Nation.
    Short-on believes he will win the next election, so he would have us believe, but we hear nothing of what our Liberal Government IS GOING TO DO, actually they should already be doing it.
    How much more proof do they need to see that renewables advocates have sold us a pup.
    How many more people do they have to hear about suffering the dangers of living with these things, how much longer do we have to wait to know we can switch on a light when needed and if you live outside of a city or town and rely on septic systems have running water from your rainwater tanks operated by pumps to get a drink, flush a toilet or put a fire out.
    In SA we have the diesel generators, and yes they were used on the day the lights went out for many people on what they claim were not rolling outages.
    These generators provided more assistance than the useless ‘big’ battery. They could also be used continually and are not dependent on the weather, all they need is expensive diesel.
    How much longer do we have to hear the lies that renewables will provide lots of jobs, reduce prices and provide us with all the power we need, without having to rely on backup or storage, because the wind is always blowing somewhere. That is after all what they started out saying when pulling the wool over the eyes of those too lazy to push it back. Also don’t forget the use of large scale solar was also frowned on until the last few years by the wind industry acolytes, solar thermal is untested, won’t work. too expensive – isn’t that what they said and look at the place now large scale solar plants going up all over the place even some adjoining wind projects and still we have unreliable power supplies that are also so expensive our society has an increasing number of people unable to afford this major requirement for our modern way of life.
    Wake up Mr Morrison and Co. and get busy sorting this mess out.

  4. Why stop the madness once the protesting children of today go without food or even a hot shower or a meal for a week then we will see the loonies complaining but it will be too late. Please don’t do anything this is priceless. Lucky for the world that the good lord has given the Australian school children the job of saving the planet. You couldn’t write a funnier script if you tried..

  5. No, because both major parties are hooked on this scam.

  6. Reblogged this on ajmarciniak.

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