End Game: Subsidy Wind Down Heralds Collapse in Wind & Solar Investment

Wind and solar power are always and everywhere the product of massive (and seemingly) endless subsidies. Except, there is an end. There always is. Australia’s Large-Scale Renewable Energy Target expires in December 2030. The 33,000 GWh annual target was meant to be reached with a surge in wind and large-scale solar capacity by 2020, but […]

Slam Dunk: Wind Developer Faces $Millions in Liability for Noise Nuisance – Acoustic Report Finds Wind Farm Non-Compliant

Until now, Australia’s wind industry owned the game. Having written the rules of operation, helped by corrupt government officials and its pet acoustic consultants, wind power operators have treated noise affected neighbours with derision and contempt. Now the game is the wind industry’s to lose, and it all started at a little place in Victoria, […]

Rent-Seeker Rage: Wind & Solar Lobbies Outraged as Energy Minister Signals Sundown for Subsidies

  Death and taxes are certainties, then there’s the certainty of rent-seeker outrage when subsidies to wind and solar are cut or even threatened. The wind back in subsidies across Europe has all but destroyed the wind industry: in Germany this year a trifling 60 onshore wind turbines have been erected, so far. Twelve countries […]

Why Wind Power Can Never Work (Unless it’s Rocketing Power Prices & Environmental Destruction You’re After?)

Australian voters just rejected a massive increase in wind and solar, relegating Bill Shorten and his 50% RET to the dusty pages of history. Having had 20 years or so to convince Australians of the purported ‘merits’ of throwing more than $4,000,000,000 in subsidies at chaotically intermittent wind and solar each year, the rent seekers […]

Neighbourhood Theft: Why Your Neighbour’s Solar Panels Are Costing You a Fortune

Electricity generation started off as an extension of science. These days, it’s all about vanity and virtue signalling. Not least those millions of shiny solar panels, which we’ve all helped subsidise – to allow our neighbours to bask in their own virtuous glow. At the theoretical level – when the sun is up and the […]

Labor’s 50% RET: Rocketing Power Prices Bring Guaranteed Economic Destruction

  Australia’s renewable energy policy is already a disaster. But Labor’s Bill Shorten promises total catastrophe with his National 50% RET. In yesterday’s post, STT picked up on economic analysis put forward by Dr Brian Fisher, which provided a wake-up call to Australians. The economic cost of current so-called ‘climate and energy policy’ is in […]

Reliable Power Rewind: Australia Rebuilds Baseload With New High Efficiency Low Emission Coal Plants

Like pushing on string, adding wind and solar adds nothing to reliable power generation capacity: never there when you need it, and often there when you don’t, wind and solar are just a perpetual irritant to grid managers – the people attempting to keep the lights on and air conditioners humming this summer. On 25 […]