Renewable Energy Fail: Australia Needs to Get Serious About Serious Power Generation – Right Now!

Keith Pitt: finally, a voice for common sense on energy.

 

Intermittent wind and solar threatens to destroy the power grid that connects Australia’s Eastern States. Massive subsidies to wind and solar under the Federal government’s Large-Scale RET mean that conventional generators struggle to compete when the wind is blowing and the sun’s shining. And grid managers are struggling to manage the erratic delivery of wind and solar which was meant to “replace” the conventional generators that those subsidies have been designed to wipeout, in the first place.

Power prices have rocketed and businesses and whole industries are under threat. With their members jobs at risk, Labour Unions are threatening revolt against their political wing, the renewables obsessed Labor Party (ALP), with demands for new coal-fired power plants in the short-term and nuclear plants in the long-term.

To call it a self-inflicted calamity is mastery in understatement. All of this was perfectly predictable. All of this was perfectly avoidable.

Any attempt to arrest the disaster is, however, met with furious outrage from renewable energy rent seekers, who appear determined to completely annihilate Australia’s once reliable and affordable power supply.

The few politicians with the temerity to tackle the obvious causes of the debacle get howled down for their troubles.

One of them, Queenslander, Keith Pitt is an advocate for both nuclear and HELE coal-fired power plants of the kind that this country is screaming out for, right now. Much to the horror of those profiting handsomely from the most dangerous scam in history.

Renewable Revolution? Aussie Government Just Handed $4 Million to a Coal Plant Feasibility Study
Watts Up With That?
Eric Worrall
10 February 2020

The elevation of vocal coal advocate Keith Pitt to the job of Federal Resources Minister a few days ago has sent shockwaves of dismay through Australia’s renewable energy business community.

Coalition hands out $4 million to pursue new coal generator in Queensland
Reneweconomy
Giles Parkinson
8 February 2020

The Australian Coalition government has announced a new $4 million grant to pursue a new 1GW coal-fired generator in north Queensland in one of the first acts of the new pro-coal resources minister Keith Pitt.

A joint announcement from Pitt, National leader Michael McCormack, energy minister Angus Taylor and Queensland MP and assistant minister for northern Australia Michelle Landry says the $4 million will be given to Shine Energy to conduct a feasibility study for a proposed 1GW HELE coal plant at Collinsville in Queensland.

A further $2 million will be allocated to a pre-feasibility study for a rival project, a 1.5GW pumped hydro-electric plant proposed by Renewable Energy Partners which is to be developed in conjunction with the proposed Urannah Water Scheme, and located between Collinsville, Proserpine and Mackay.

The funds are being allocated through the $10 million “Supporting Reliable Energy Infrastructure program.” It is not clear whether this is part of, or additional to, the $10 million announced to study different generation options, including coal-fired generation, that was announced as part of the Underwriting New generation Investment program in the lead up to last year’s election.

What has caused this crack in the facade of bipartisan Australian political support for renewables?

I suspect the major issue driving this new push for coal is mounting severe issues with Australia’s national energy grid, with no end in sight for the problems. VictoriaNew South Wales, Queensland and South Australia all issued blackout warnings this Summer, exposing serious shortfalls in the reliability of supply. Entire industries are starting to flee Australia’s spiralling energy costs and unreliable grid.

This year’s bushfires threatened to cause substantial damage to vital national electricity grid infrastructure. An enlarged, distributed grid, which would be required to service a vast future network of renewable electricity providers, would be even more vulnerable to natural disasters than the current system.

Household solar panels took substantial hail damage this year in Canberra, Australia’s capital city, giving federal politicians and senior government employees first hand and in some cases very personal experience of the fragility of renewables.

If climate change actually did drive the world’s weather systems crazy, renewable infrastructure would be the first casualty. All those vast acreages of thin glass or plastic covered solar panels, and large but vulnerable wind turbines, the vastly enlarged network of power lines renewables would require, all of this would not stand a chance in the face of an actual climate apocalypse.

But a four million dollar feasibility study into coal power is not a new coal plant. Keith Pitt’s unwavering support for reliable, affordable electricity is undermined by a strong block of renewable supporters in his own political coalition, and rabidly climate activist political opposition parties. Frequent heavy handed government intervention in Australian energy markets has frightened off private investors. If the Australian government eventually decides they want a new coal plant, they will almost certainly have to finance or fund it themselves.
Watts Up With That?

What serious power generation looks like: Isogo HELE plant, Japan.

About stopthesethings

We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.

Comments

  1. Crispin bpm says:

    The sooner you build these new HELE coal plants, the sooner you can close down the old ones. Emissions will be reduced, and workers in the coal industry will have a cleaner, safer environment to work in.

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