Wind & Solar Wipeout: Reliable & Affordable Power Now Part of Ancient History

Pretty soon, the notion of having affordable power available on demand will be ancient history. Never before in the course of human existence have so few done so much damage to so many. Electricity prices are spiralling out of control in any place attempting to run on sunshine and breezes, power rationing (aka ‘demand management’) is routine and, with delusional dunderheads driving energy policy in Australia, we’ve only just begun.

As Eric Worrall describes it, Australians can look forward to a very dark and very dismal future. One where the weather dictates whether or not you and yours will be sitting freezing or boiling in the dark.

The Australian Government Vision for Our Renewable Future
Watts Up With That?
Eric Worall
16 October 2022

The government has provided a risible $224 million budget for batteries to stabilise a 33GW grid which is expected to be 82% renewable by 2030.

Record boost to clean energy spend as global crunch looms
Sydney Morning Herald
Mike Foley
25 October 2022

The ambitious clean energy agenda, announced in Tuesday night’s budget, also includes a plan to have renewable energy provide 82 per cent of the electricity network by 2030, which the government promised during the election campaign would also cut power bills by $275 by 2025.

The renewables push could create political risk because any cost blow outs on tens of billions of dollars of clean energy projects would need to be recouped through taxes or power bills. The budget also forecast energy prices to rise 30 per cent.

Minister for Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen said the budget was “Australia’s road map to delivering cleaner, more affordable energy to households and businesses”.

“The cheapest form of energy is firmed renewables, even more so as global coal, oil and gas
prices spike,” he said.

Up to 400 batteries will be installed under the $224-million community batteries program to help provide small, remote communities with renewable energy. There is also $102 million to fund solar panels for 25,000 apartment residents and low-income households.

Sydney Morning Herald

The budget also includes strengthened provisions for allowing the government to expropriate gas companies, if the domestic market runs short of gas. There is no plan to compensate companies for failing to meet international contracts – they are simply expected to provide gas to the domestic market on demand.

Gas companies in Australia are already struggling with regulatory hostility, such as severe restrictions on exploration and exploitation of new fields, like the state of Victoria’s permanent ban on fracking, which was enshrined in the state constitution in 2021. We can only speculate what difficulties these new expropriation powers will cause for future Australian domestic gas availability.

There is a worse problem.

Earlier this year Australia experienced weather conditions which all but wiped out night time wind generation, across the entire continent (see the weather diagram at the top of the page). Being a blocking southern hemisphere winter high pressure system, it was also very cold in many parts of the country on that night. Such weather conditions are unusual, but not impossibly unlikely.

[Note to Eric, here’s the % output from all wind turbines connected to the Eastern Grid on 16 and 17 June – courtesy of Aneroid Energy:

What would Australia do on such a night post 2030, when most of our dispatchable power generation capacity will have been retired?

Federal Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen keeps making speeches in which he flings magic terms like “firmed renewables”, like they are a real thing. But the budget his government has provided for batteries, $224 million, is utterly inadequate for stabilising a grid whose daily demand peaks at just under 33GW. $224 million dollars would buy enough battery capacity to service the grid at peak demand for less than a second, not the hours or days of backup capacity which would be required to make renewable energy halfway reliable.

And we haven’t even considered the additional grid capacity required to service all those EVs everyone is supposed to buy, and the energy required to power the green manufacturing renaissance which is supposed to happen in the coming age of expensive, unreliable energy.

Unless the Australian government reconsiders their renewable energy insanity, “cost blowouts” and economic devastation will be our new normal.
Watts Up With That?

The unreliables deliver the new normal.

About stopthesethings

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


  1. “There is no plan to compensate companies for failing to meet international contracts – they are simply expected to provide gas to the domestic market on demand.”

    The lawyers will be rubbing their hands with glee.
    Lawsuits will be worth $$$millions.

  2. These people pushing this suicide are criminally insane and should be arrested. Why is that not happening?

    • Most of the public doesn’t realize or accept that these policies are civilization ending. The engineers I work with have the mental tools to understand that wind/solar won’t work, but they still “believe in the transition”. Trying to explain it to them does not negate what they’ve been hearing on the news for the last 20 years.

      • Well they are either accomplice or incompetent, I can see no other option. Staying quiet to keep their job is accomplice too.

      • They’re not power engineers and not directly involved in the electrical utilities in any way. But they are engineers (mainly EE) and have the math and science skills to sort out the lies, if they took the time to research the facts and doubt the media, just a little bit.

  3. The paradox of science! In Kelvin’s description of the second law of thermodynamics, it is impossible to get work from the same heat source without any other influence! The sun is the only heat source on earth! Wind and light are the work they do to the earth! To generate electricity? It is a great waste!!!


  4. When it comes to primary energy, it is a phenomenon to confuse substances in nature with meteorological movements. Essentially, it is a chemical process of combustion. Wind and light are appearances.


  5. “There is also $102 million to fund solar panels for 25,000 apartment residents”. Is that all, that’s not even a p**s in the ocean.

    Anyway if the government thinks that my building is going to give up it’s meager rooftop recreational space for a few useless solar panels they have another thing coming.

  6. countryadam578 says:

    The world supplies of Cobalt are only for 20 yrs. And that does not cover these huge batteries. More for cars that are battery operated. We have already begun painting ourselves into a corner with no way out.

  7. how stupid policy!!

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