Fatal Attraction: Wind & Solar Obsession Causing Rocketing Power Prices & Frozen Grannies

Australia’s wind and solar obsession has driven power prices through the roof and the poor and elderly to early graves. Staying warm in the depth of winter is no longer just a matter of turning up the dial on the AC, for the poorest and most vulnerable it’s a daily battle for survival.

In the space of a decade, power prices have doubled and so too the number of households disconnected from the grid; because they can no longer afford to pay their bills.

A generation ago, Australians enjoyed the world’s cheapest power prices; thanks to its suicidal renewable energy policies, they now suffer among the highest.

That all of this was perfectly predictable, and perfectly avoidable, makes it all the more outrageous. Here’s Peta Credlin expressing just that.

‘What a joke’ that Australians are ‘too frightened to turn on appliances’
Sky news
Peta Credlin, Luke Grant and Jeremy Cordeaux
2 July 2019

Broadcaster Luke Grant says it’s ‘a joke’ that Australians are too frightened to turn on their appliances for fears of a large energy bill.

Speaking to Sky News, Mr Grant says if Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants to ‘prove’ to ‘quiet Australians’ that they voted correctly on May 18, he should fix the high price of power.

Mr Grant says Australia should be the ‘best proponent’ of coal use on the planet, because the country has so many ‘wonderful resources’.

 

Transcript

Peta Credlin: Jeremy, I’m interested obviously Adelaide is ground zero for high power prices that you went from some of the cheapest power prices in the world over the last twenty years to some of the most expensive. Now, on the first of July, this new default market offer came in so yesterday was supposed to have prices come down. I’ve listened to a lot of talk back around the country over the last 24 hours and I tell you what, the number one issue still is power prices. It’s a cold winter but it’s also gas prices and gas is a big issue in South Australia, isn’t it Jeremy.

Jeremy Cordeaux: It is, it’s a huge issue and it’s a reasonable issue for people to take to their hearts because that which happens at home is really very personal. When we kind of see that there are people over seas buying our gas more … it’s our gas. More cheaply than we can buy it ourselves, there is something terribly wrong.

But when a government that is supposed to look after the people, it should be of the people, for the people, by the people. But when it starts to be a government that is taken over by ideology that it is consumed by the philosophy of renewables they kind of lose sight of what they’re there for.

“Oh, no, no, no, we’re going to have 50% or 100% reliance upon renewables,” when in actual fact it’s like the Saudi Arabians. The Saudi Arabians were blessed with this huge amount of oil. You don’t see them denying their people the benefit of cheap oil, I think petrol there is 3 cents a litre.

Peta Credlin: No, I know. I know. I know. We have been hit in the backside with a resources rainbow and we just argue about the rainbow.

Jeremy Cordeaux: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

Peta Credlin:  I mean Luke, I have listened to a lot of your callers in particular. People are so fired up about this issue. Now to be fair to the Morrison government, a lot of this legacy comes from Malcolm Turnbull’s Labor-light energy agenda. But this is Scott Morrison’s chance. This is his turn. He’s unencumbered. There’s him as leader and daylight. He’s got to lead.

Luke Grant: Yes. You are so right. And you and I talked about this two or three weeks back. That report out of Melbourne. And it was reported in Sydney this week in the Daily Telegraph, of elderly Australians who have worked, who have contributed here for all their life. Now the payoff is you get to sit at home in winter and get your body temperature down in the 20s. I mean, what a joke that we’ve got Australians too frightened to turn on appliances.

And if Scott Morrison, who I think is going to do a wonderful job, I just have great belief in him. If he wants to again prove to us that we got it right as quiet back on May 18, then step in and fix this because it’s completely … and it’s just nonsense. We should, and I remember, Peta when Tony was PM, you would have a bit to do with this.

We should be saying to the rest of the world, “Look how good coal is. Look how clean you can use it now. Look how cheap you can make energy now.” We should be the best proponent of the use of coal for power on the planet because we have so much. And it’s just … you just, you know, you shake your head.

Old people can’t afford power. Young families can’t afford power and we have all these wonderful resources. You talked about the rainbow and where are we? I mean fair dinkum, you pull your hair out, don’t you?

Sky News

The relationship between rocketing power prices and heavily subsidised and chaotically intermittent wind and solar is crystal clear. Note above, the surge in wholesale power prices in renewables obsessed South Australia and its neighbour, Victoria. Those interested in some detail on the topic should visit our post here: South Australia’s 50% Renewable Energy Fail: World’s Highest Power Prices Caused by Subsidised Wind & Solar

But, for those literally struggling to survive, the causes and consequences of Australia’s self-inflicted renewable energy calamity, are all but academic. For a growing number, this is a matter of life-and-death.

Elderly people are dying at home or being rushed to hospital because they can’t afford heating
The Daily Telegraph
Campbell Gellie
30 June 2019

Elderly people are dying in their cold homes or being rushed to hospital because they can’t afford to put the heater on.

More than 130 people were admitted to NSW emergency departments last winter with cold-related problems including hypothermia, a 34 per cent increase from 10 years ago.

Over the same period power prices have increased by 117 per cent.

Emergency Department specialist professor Gordian Fulde said a growing number of patients were suffering from hypothermia because they couldn’t afford to turn their electric heaters on at home.

“A few weeks ago it was a very real problem when it was cold and the elderly are our most vulnerable,” the former director of emergency at St Vincent’s Hospital said.

“To be dramatic, old people get found dead in their flats and apartments, and though we don’t know what caused it, we know getting cold is a big stress (on their health).”

NSW Health Data released in May reveals 137 people went to emergency departments as a result of cold-related problems during June, July and August last year. This was the highest since that figure peaked in 2015 with 173.

A Monash University study in Victoria revealed there were 217 hypothermic emergency presentations between July 7, 2009 and September 1, 2016 to Alfred Health.

The study by Dr Michelle Ananda-Rajah showed more than half of the patients who presented to a hospital with hypothermia lived alone and had few social supports, while almost three-quarters were on a pension.

“A similar trend in NSW would be expected, especially in the cooler southern or highland parts, even metro Sydney can get very cold in winter,” she said.

“(Elderly people are) highly vulnerable, especially when partnered with poor clothing protection, many may underestimate how cold it really is, poor housing stock and an inability to afford adequate heating.”

Australian Energy Regulator data shows NSW households in debt to power providers owe an average of $1016, up from $889 in just a year.

And in the last three months of 2018, 6861 homes had their power cut-off up from 6382 for the same time the previous year.

Wholesale power prices increased more than 150 per cent between 2015 and 2019 — from $35.15 per MWh to $88.49 per MWh — according to Australian Energy Market Operator.

And charities say the community’s most vulnerable are struggling to keep up with power prices.

Salvation Army Moneycar’s May report reveals the average debt owed to power companies among those helped by the Salvation Army was $1920 and they were spending 15 per cent of their income on power bills.
The Daily Telegraph

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Comments

  1. Common sense and cheap energy have vanished with the politics of climate change which is a hoax that’s making a few people very rich.

  2. Crispin says:

    In a resource rich country like Australia, electricity should be free for the over 75’s.

  3. Between
    Gas
    Water
    Electricity
    Pensioners are hurt worst

  4. Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    “Elderly people are dying in their cold homes or being rushed to hospital because they can’t afford to put the heater on.
    More than 130 people were admitted to NSW emergency departments last winter with cold-related problems including hypothermia, a 34 per cent increase from 10 years ago.
    Over the same period power prices have increased by 117 per cent.”

    ENOUGH said.

    WAKE-UP politicians, addicted to UNreliables to feather their ‘green’ credentials. Enough is enough. @sussanley

  5. Reblogged this on ajmarciniak.

  6. Reblogged this on Climate- Science.

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