Time to Die: New PM Must Bury Turnbull’s $10bn Snowy 2.0 Pumped Hydro Boondoggle

Wind and large-scale solar are doomed, but the saviour is said to be pumped hydro; paid for, of course, with other people’s money. Touted by ex-PM Malcom Turnbull and his hapless sidekick, Josh Frydenberg as the Nation’s mega-battery, the heavily-hyped Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro scheme (shelved in the 1970s because it was uneconomic then) has […]

Batteries No Cure for Chaotic Delivery of Wind & Solar: Mega-Cost Kills Mythical Mega-Battery Storage

Despite the hype from RE zealots, the completely chaotic and very occasional delivery of wind and solar won’t be cured with giant batteries. Sure, at a technical level, it is possible to store large volumes of electricity for a period, such that it might be released when power consumers need it. However, were such a […]

Wind Power: World’s Greatest Joke – UK Left Powerless During the ‘Big Calm’

The greatest joke ever played on the world is the idea that the wind can – and will soon completely – power modern economies. When the wind disappears for days and even weeks on end, those that promote it tend to get twitchy and change the subject. Sometimes it’s mutterings about mega-batteries (that don’t exist) […]

Dirty Diesel the Real ‘Solution’ to South Australia’s Renewable Energy Disaster

  But for pride, arrogance and hubris SA’s vapid Premier, Jay Weatherill could have kept South Australia chugging away cheaply on coal-fired power for a paltry $30 million; the amount that Alinta wanted to keep its 520 MW Port Augusta power plant running for another five years or so. In a fit of petulance, Weatherill […]

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 […]

German Study Proves Its Combined Wind & Solar Capacity Must be 100% Backed by Coal/Gas/Nuclear 100% of the Time

  Amongst wind and sun worshippers, Germany is held in a kind of reverent awe. However, like everything held dear by the renewables cult, the ideal and the real are worlds apart. For years we were told that if you kept spearing wind turbines into the countryside and spread them far and wide, we could […]

Industrial-Scale Battery Storage of Wind & Solar Power Does Not Exist & May Never Exist

With the world now alive to the fact that entirely weather dependent wind and solar power will never stand on their own 2 feet; and that intermittency really does matter, renewables rent-seekers have been banging on about mega-batteries saving the day. Australia’s ‘wind power capital’, South Australia – having destroyed its once reliable and affordable […]

Industrial Scale Battery Storage of Wind & Solar Would Cause Surge in CO2 Emissions

Californian carpet-bagger, Elon Musk has been threatening South Australia with a plan to scoop up at least $150 million of the $550 million its hapless Labor government is about to squander on non-fixes for its self-inflicted wind power disaster. So no time like the present to reflect on just how ‘green’ is SA’s plan to […]