Subsidised Wind & Solar Driving Australian Power Prices Through the Roof

Power prices matter: and they matter most to society’s poorest and most vulnerable. In less than a dozen years, Australia went from enjoying the cheapest power in the world, to suffering the world’s most expensive. In the last three years power prices have risen at double-digit rates: 20 to 24% last year and 13 to […]

Outing Nature’s ‘Outages’: Chaotic Wind Power Output Drives Rocketing Australian Power Prices

Australia’s Energy Minister, Josh Frydenberg has just bagged the Pinocchio Award for his continued line about falling power prices. Instead of retail relief, power consumers have been whacked by jumps of between 20 and 28% this year, on top of 20% increases, last year. The reason for rocketing power prices is the ‘behaviour’ of generators, […]

Renewables Rewind: Energy Crisis Causes Outbreak of Sanity With Push for Coal-Fired Power

With rocketing power prices and much worse to come, Australia’s renewable energy debacle has finally started to sharpen political thinking. Panic has set in, which, while not an ideal environment to form policy, will do in a pinch. Especially, when the alternative is doing nothing and watching an energy superpower turn itself into an economic […]

If Australians Want Reliable & Affordable Electricity: It’s Coal-Fired Power or Nothing

The debate surrounding Australia’s energy crisis is occupied by two camps: deluded zealots and pragmatic realists. STT sits with the latter: we couldn’t care less whether electricity was generated using doggie doo, provided it’s available and affordable, to all-comers. Australia, as the world’s third largest exporter of uranium, ought to be throwing its money and […]

Liberal MPs Demand End to Australia’s Economy-Wrecking, Hidden $60bn Federal Power Tax

Already suffering the world’s highest power prices, Australian power consumers have watched prices jump by anything up to 28% in 12 months. The greatest increases occurred, funnily enough, in the all-renewable obsessed Australia Capital Territory, home to the Australian Federal Parliament in Canberra. The ACT entered power purchase agreements to buy wind power generated (occasionally) […]

Crunch Time: Australia’s Self-Inflicted Energy Crisis Down to Wind & Solar Obsession

At the heart of Australia’s self-inflicted power pricing and supply calamity is an obsession with intermittent and unreliable wind and solar. Mandated and massive subsidies – that those attempting to deliver electricity using nature’s wonder fuels have been wallowing in since the Australian Labor Party seriously upped the RE ante in 2010 – resulted in a […]

Australia’s Self-Inflicted Renewable Energy Crisis: 200,000 Families Can’t Afford Power

Relying on subsidised, intermittent and unreliable wind and solar results in rocketing power prices. Rocketing power prices results in a cycle of grinding, daily misery for the poorest and most vulnerable. More than 100,000 Australian families had their power cut off last year, and a further 100,000 are on payment plans with their power retailers […]