The Obscene Cost of Australia’s Renewable Energy Debacle

What a difference a 20% year-on-year hike in retail power bills can make. Add in the South Australian experience of routine load shedding and statewide blackouts. Top it off with the threat of widespread blackouts this Summer; and not just confined to SA, but likely to send Victorians back to the Victorian age and New […]

Killing Australia’s Renewable Energy Target an Essential Economic Reboot

Combining climate with energy in a single policy setting is like combining a running child with super-sharp scissors: an unhealthy mix, prone to disaster. The concept of cutting CO2 emissions from a system which is built (and continues to rely) on coal-fired power generation, has the necessary and inevitable result of killing that system. Wind […]

Australia’s Renewable Energy Disaster Sends Government Scrambling for Reliable Power

Australia’s self-inflicted renewable energy calamity has its Federal Coalition government in a state of perpetual panic. Sometimes panic is warranted, either by the gravity of the threat or the limited time within which to respond to the threat. In this case, time really is a factor. The AEMO has released a report that shows Australians […]

Malcolm, Josh Grow Up, Kill the Renewable Energy Target & Go Nuclear

When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. Australians are fast growing up to the fact that running a country on sunshine and breezes is so much childish nonsense. Like most childish […]

Australian Summer Forecast: More Blackouts & Rocketing Power Prices

Australia’s decade-long dalliance with sunshine and breezes is about to get really, really serious. South Australia’s reputation as both Australia’s wind power capital and the home of the highest power prices in the world, and mass load shedding and statewide blackouts is no coincidence. The implicit purpose behind Australia’s Federal Large-Scale Renewable Energy Target is […]

No Comparison: Why Wind Power Can Never ‘Compete’ with Conventional Generators

  The well-chewed ‘chestnut, about wind power being cheaper than coal or gas-fired power is a nonsense. For a start, the Operations and Maintenance costs of running wind turbines is in the order of $24 for every MWh dispatched – see our post here and this from our favourite whipping boys, Infigen: The wind might […]

South Australia: Sublime One Day, Ridiculous the Next – Premier Set to Squander $1.2bn on Solar-Thermal Boondoggle

  South Australians must wake each morning not knowing whether to laugh or cry. With unemployment already the worst in the Nation and soon to rise fast – when General Motors Holden shuts the door on SA’s last motor manufacturing plant in October – the highest power prices in the world (with worse to come) […]