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 […]

‘Green’ Energy’s Double Standards: Real Environmental Cost of Wind & Solar an Inconvenient Truth

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org), and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power – Black death and other books on the environment. Here’s Paul unpacking the myth that wind and solar are both clean and green. Fair trade for thee, but not for me Watts up With That Paul Driessen […]

Finkel’s Fantasyland: Report to ‘Save’ Australia’s Power Grid From Renewables Chaos a Death Sentence for Business

*** In yesterday’s post we described Alan Finkel’s report on Australia’s power market fiasco as a mixture of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Through the Looking-Glass’ – residing in a place where the fundamentals of physics and economics, logic and reason are playfully and permanently suspended – and Goldilocks – the story about an infantile quest to make sure […]

Europe Squanders €1.1 trillion on Wind & Solar: But Gets Only 4% of its Power from Sun & Wind

This piece was published last year, but the message is so stark it’s well-worth revisiting. Despite spending €1,100,000,000,000 on large-scale wind and solar generation, the amount of power being actually delivered in return is risible: The actual measured output by 2014 from data supplied by the Renewables Industry has been 38 Gigawatts or 3.8% of Europe’s electricity […]

Snowy Pumped Hydro Scheme Set to Drain ‘Green’ Slush Funds & Starve the Wind Industry of Finance

*** Malcolm Turnbull’s Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro plan has set nerves on edge among the wind industry, its parasites and spruikers and ruffled feathers among Labor politicians and their mates who have wedded their own financial futures to wind. Likely to cost in the order of $7-8 billion, Snowy 2.0 is set to starve the […]

Mounting Voter Fury Forces Canadian Renewables Retreat: Subsidies Slashed by $3.8bn

The politics of energy suddenly got real. The fantasy of attempting to run economies on sunshine and breezes has been revealed for just that. Germany’s headlong rush into renewables is in tatters, to keep the lights on and business ticking along, it’s been forced to build new coal-fired power plants and reinstate previously mothballed plant. […]

South Australia’s September Wind Power Blackout Cost Businesses & Households $367 Million

When, on 28 September this year, a run-of-the-mill spring storm brought buffeting winds to South Australia, wind speeds exceeded 25m/s (90km/h), the bulk of its 18 wind farms saw their turbines shutdown automatically to protect themselves from catastrophic self-destruction. Metropolitan Adelaide was without power for hours, regional centres without power for days and mines in […]