It’s Subsidised Wind & Solar or Meaningful Well-Paid Jobs: But You Can’t Have Both

Australian power prices went through the roof as a result of its obsession with chaotically intermittent and heavily subsidised wind and solar (see above). The relationship is so stark, why even a blind man, open to reality, will readily see it.  However, no amount of evidence appears to register with those who pretend to govern […]

Wrecking Ball: Australia’s Fixation With Subsidised Renewables Guarantees Economic Disaster

If the object was wrecking every last manufacturing, mineral processing and mining job, then Australia’s renewable energy policy has delivered on time and under budget. Starting in 2001 with John Howard’s Renewable Energy Target (massively expanded by Kevin Rudd in 2009), the subsidies being squandered on intermittent wind and solar are now in the order […]

S-O-S: Coal-Fired Power Only Answer to Australia’s Power Pricing & Supply Calamity

  Faced with rocketing power prices and a grid on the brink of collapse, the Morrison Federal government remains committed to the policies that caused the debacle. Instead of ensuring the survival of Australia’s extensive coal-fired power fleet and building new High Efficiency Low Emissions coal-plants, the PM and his Energy Minister have selected a […]

Gassed Up: All-In Policy Brawl Over Renewables Driven Power Pricing & Supply Calamity

  The adage that success has a thousand fathers, whereas failure’s an orphan applies to Australia’s self-inflicted renewable energy disaster, one that no one wants to own. The Federal Coalition’s ‘plan’ to power Australia with gas-fired power plants it has yet to build, with gas supplies it does not have, sounds more like the ‘last […]

Fact Check: Debunking Claims That Britain Is 100% Wind Powered (Try Gas, Nuclear, Coal & Woodchips)

  It only takes a couple of windy days and the loons start heralding the end of coal-fired power. But, of course, when calm weather inevitably sets in, the same lunatics run silent until the next gale hits. A bit like the gambler who tells you all about his wins, but never about his losses. […]

Solar Totally Eclipsed: Sunny Queensland Powered By Ever-Reliable Coal-Fired Plants

  Despite the hype, the true contribution of solar power to Australia’s grid remains trivial and especially so from sunset to sunup. Oh, almost forgot, cloudy and inclement weather makes a pretty fair dent in solar output, too. Queensland is renowned as the Sunshine State. But, even there, the massive increase in subsidised solar panels […]

Save Our Jobs: Australia’s Economic Recovery Demands Reliable & Affordable Coal-Fired Power

Whatever policies are directed at recovering from the coronavirus lockdown, without reliable and affordable power Australia’s energy hungry businesses are doomed. With rocketing power prices, and an intermittent supply, mineral processors and manufacturers are terminal, and have been for years. Politicians and academic boffins have been giving lip service to improving Australia’s “resilience” and “self-sufficiency”, […]

Situation Critical: Massive Wind Power Collapses Threaten Australia’s Entire Eastern Power Grid

Wind power is the joke where the punchline is a mixture of rocketing power prices and a grid on the brink of collapse. None of which is particularly funny for those suffering from one and threatened by the other. As to the latter, this country’s maniacal obsession with heavily subsidised and chaotically intermittent wind and […]

Start Me Up: Cheap & Reliable Coal-Fired Power Only Path to Economic Recovery

  The Australian businesses under threat from insane renewable energy policies and rocketing power prices, have been finished off by government enforced lockdowns. With the Federal government outlining a plan to, ever so gradually, lift its COVID-19 restrictions on business, life and liberty, talk has inevitably turned to resuscitating an economy on life support. Earlier during […]

Want To Wreck A Power Grid? Add Chaotically Intermittent Wind & Solar Power

Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse battled over whether America would run on DC or AC power, but they never had to battle with the chaotic intermittency of wind and solar. Celebrated in the recently released film, The Current War, Westinghouse and Edison fought a pitched battle over technology, patents, media approval and the support of […]