Pipe Dreams: Quest for All Wind & Solar Powered World Like Searching For Unobtanium

It takes a special brand of delusion to believe that we’ll soon all be powered by nothing but sunshine and breezes. Cynics might suggest that there’s a pretty strong correlation between wishful thinking and endless subsidies to wind and solar. But, apart from rent seeking crony capitalists, there’s still a fair proportion out there who […]

Ships Ahoy! Giant Diesel-Fuelled Ship Engines ‘Solution’ For Australia’s Renewable Energy Crisis

  Australia’s obsession with chaotically intermittent wind and solar has left it with a power pricing and supply calamity. It’s a disaster that was as predictable, as it was avoidable. To date, the Federal Liberal/National Coalition’s feeble attempts to resolve it provide a study in practised inertia, mixed with a series of pointless Band-Aid ‘solutions’. […]

Déjà vu: ‘New’ Coalition Power Policy Means Australia’s Energy Crisis Continues Unabated

  Throttled by Draconian lockdowns, the Australian economy is on life support, the only hope of resuscitating it is by restoring reliable and affordable power, to all and sundry. Last week the Federal Liberal/National Coalition announced what purported to be a cure, but, in reality, it’s more like palliative care. PM, Scott Morrison and his […]

Californian Blackout Fury: “It’s Not Just the Heat, It’s Also the Anti-Nuclear Power Stupidity”

California’s self-inflicted renewable energy debacle has attracted global attention. Policymakers have led with their chins by promoting chaotically intermittent wind and solar, all the while trashing ever-reliable nuclear power – with perfectly predictable results. With the (not-so) Golden State scrambling for power during a sweltering summer the decision to shutter nuclear plants looks positively criminal. […]

Grinding Halt: Germany’s Wind Industry Faces Armageddon As Turbine Running Costs Escalate

Thousands of Germany’s wind turbines have reached the end of their economic lives; and replacing them is no simple matter. First, the costs of doing so are colossal. Secondly, the behemoths that might replace their ancestors are so large as to exceed the height limits placed on turbines by Germany’s planning rules. Pierre Gosselin can […]

Dark Days & Darker Nights: California’s Wind & Solar Obsession Leaves Thousands Without Power

Having deliberately sidelined its reliable gas and nuclear plants, California is now stuck with sunshine and breezes. The results are as predictable as they were avoidable. Wind and solar obsessed policymakers have been begging the Feds to throw California a lifeline. The Department of Energy has responded to the Californian government’s desperate pleas by declaring […]

Sweeping Blackouts Mean California’s ‘Green’ Energy Fantasy Just Got Real

California’s sweeping blackouts are a fair indication of what happens when sound engineering gets trumped by woolly-headed ideology. An obsession with intermittent wind and solar has left millions of Californians sweltering in the dark this summer. With the blackout that struck in mid-August, officials blamed the “unexpected loss of a 470-megawatt power plant Saturday evening, […]

How Green Is This?: Millions of Toxic Solar Panels & Wind Turbine Blades Destined for Landfill

The millions of solar panels being dumped in landfills are a veritable toxic cocktail of gallium arsenide, tellurium, silver, crystalline silicon, lead, cadmium and other heavy metals. Then there’s the landfill legacy being created by wind turbine blades, with the First World cynically using the Third World as its dumping ground: ‘Green’ Energy’s Poisonous Legacy: Millions of Toxic […]

What’s Chaos?: It’s When the Weather Determines Whether You’ll Get Power Or Not

STT often wonders which part of ‘calm weather’ wind power acolytes are still having trouble with? Over the last few months, the output from Australia’s wind power fleet has not only been erratic, it’s been utterly pathetic. Any other enterprise that delivered its goods on such a haphazard, sporadic and chaotic basis would be laughed […]

Into The Black: Wind & Solar Chaos Promise Return To A New (Very) Dark Age

Californians & South Australians know the drill: when the sun sets and/or calm weather sets in, be sure to have flashlights and diesel generators at the ready. The first few minutes of a mass blackout can be kind of exhilarating; the candles come out, adding romance to the evening Uber Eats dining experience and, with […]