The Staggering Cost of Pointless Wind Power: Can Australia Avoid Economic Suicide?

South Australia has earned the unenviable title of Australia’s ‘Wind Power Capital’. For its sins it has seen power prices rocket (the forward price, at $90 per MWh is more than double its neighbour Victoria’s) and unemployment with it: worse is yet to come, on both scores. Then there’s the grid instability and state-wide blackouts […]

AGL’s Macarthur Wind Farm Victims Join the Call for an Immediate Moratorium

In last night’s post, we covered the call by a growing band of Australian Senators for an immediate moratorium on the construction of any more of these things – unless and until they’ve been exonerated, beyond all reasonable doubt, as the cause of a raft of noise related health effects suffered by wind farm neighbours; […]

Wind Power Costs Crushing South Australian Businesses: Firms Hit with 90% Price Hike

**** South Australia embarked upon its wind power ‘experiment’ more than 15 years ago, when its Labor government climbed into bed with the boys from Babcock & Brown (aka Infigen) and a disgraced American lawyer and convicted con-man, Tim Flato (who robbed his clients of close to US$400,000, got struck-off, and scuttled off to set […]

What Kills the Australian Wind Industry: A $45 Billion Federal Power Tax

**** The wind industry in Australia is doomed. Australia’s commercial lending institutions know it (calling in their loans and refusing to lend for any new wind farms). The wind industry knows it – hence the big players’ frantic efforts to ditch their wind farms, cut and run – although these fire sales are as much […]

Costly & Pointless Wind Power Subsidies Slammed by Australia’s National Party

**** When STT cranked into gear in December 2012, hammering the wind industry was a fairly lonely occupation: hardly fashionable; a bit like wearing yellow to a funeral, really. Back then, openly questioning the “wonders” of wind power was a guaranteed dinner party showstopper. Nervous hosts – choking on their organic pinot gris – would […]

Senate Recommendations Spell ‘DOOM’ for the Australian Wind Industry

**** The wind industry in Australia, already belted, battered and bruised, has just been delivered what STT considers the fatal blow. On Friday just gone, the front page of The Australian carried the headline “Call to curb wind subsidies” in an “exclusive” penned by STT Champion, Graham Lloyd – the full report appeared on page […]

Ian Macfarlane, Greg Hunt & Australia’s Wind Power Debacle: is it Dumb and Dumber 2, or Liar Liar?

  Australia’s Energy Minister, Ian “Macca” Macfarlane and his youthful ward, Environment Minister, Greg Hunt are the flies in the Coalition’s political ointment, when it comes to engineering anything like a sensible policy on energy. Both Macfarlane’s and Hunt’s offices are filled with wind industry plants and stooges, like Hunt’s senior adviser, Patrick Gibbons. Patrick […]