No Contest: Intermittent Subsidised Wind & Solar Most Expensive Electricity of All

Sunset and calm weather mean that wind and solar don’t compete with coal, gas or nuclear power, but that doesn’t stop pointless cost comparisons. Electricity generated when you don’t need it, is worthless – and wind or solar power that you can’t get, just when you need it most, can’t be bought at any price. […]

No Contest: Wind Power Can’t Compete With Coal-Fired Power On Cost, Or At All

The well-chewed ‘chestnut, about wind power being cheaper than coal or gas-fired power is a nonsense. Then there’s the fiction that wind power is actually ‘competing’ with conventional generation sources. ‘Competition’, in the wind industry’s eyes, is a pretty fluid concept: for most of life’s endeavours, it means a head-to-head race between all competitors, starting at […]

Digging It: Nuclear Power the Obvious Solution For Australia’s Power Pricing & Supply Crisis

  The dividend from Australia’s obsession with wind and solar is rocketing power prices and a grid on the brink of collapse. This summer, mass load shedding events are guaranteed, although those responsible for Soviet-era power rationing – the new ‘normal’ in what was once an energy superpower – are trained to refer to it […]

No Contest: Wind & Solar Can Never Compete With Ever Reliable & Affordable Coal-Fired Power

  It won’t be long before RE zealots are forced to accept defeat: wherever you look, coal, gas, hydro and nuclear keep thrashing wind and solar. Not simply because they’re cheaper, but because they work. And when we say ‘work’ STT means delivering power when and whenever consumers need it. STT doesn’t promote coal-fired power […]

Renewables Reckoning: Close Coal-Fired Power Plants & Watch Power Prices Rocket

Adding massively subsidised and chaotically delivered wind and solar to a power grid is guaranteed to send power prices through the roof (see above). Witness a little economic backwater called South Australia which – due to a maniacal obsession with sunshine and breezes – suffers the highest retail power prices in the world, routine load […]

Cost & Reliability Winners: Coal & Nuclear Just Keep On Keeping On

Pin satisfaction of your power demands to the weather, and expect the results to vary just like the .. ahem .. weather. One of the paradoxes of energy generation is that the most reliable sources are the cheapest, by far. Coal and nuclear power generation don’t need a second system like pumped hydro, mythical mega-batteries […]

No ‘Comparison’ Between Part-time Wind Power & Full-time Fossil Fuel

Renewables rent seekers keep telling us how cheap wind and solar are, compared to those ‘evil’ fossil fuels, coal and gas. But ‘price’ and ‘value’ are not the same animals. What we pay for something, and what it’s worth depends entirely upon what we get. And, in relation to the consumption of electricity, whether or […]