Victorian Vortex: Wind & Solar Obsession Guarantees Mass Summer Blackouts & Power Prices Soar (Again)

  Following South Australia’s lead on wind and solar was never going to end well. The State that set and met its very own 50% RET is renowned for mass load shedding and Australia’s only statewide blackout. SA also suffers the world’s highest power prices. So, it should come as no surprise to Victorians that […]

Blackout Bitching: Feds Blame States For Australia’s Renewables Fiasco

Australia’s self-inflicted renewable energy calamity was as perfectly predictable as it was perfectly avoidable. The circus started in 2001, when Liberal PM, John Howard introduced a modest Renewable Energy Target, which translated at the time to around 5% of electricity generation. Thereafter, wind power outfits, like the notorious Babcock & Brown (which went bankrupt and […]

Victoria’s Victims: Wind & Solar Obsession Sees 60,000 Families Cut From the Grid After (Another) 16% Power Price Hike

An obsession with chaotically intermittent wind and solar has sent Victorian power prices through the roof: a 16% increase in 2018 follows a 12% increase the year before that. Given its Labor government’s push for a 50% RET, Victorians will soon catch up with their neighbours in Australia’s wind and solar capital, South Australia – […]

Crunch Time: Can Australia Escape its Self-Inflicted Renewable Energy Calamity Before It’s Too Late?

  Everything about Australia’s renewable energy calamity was perfectly predictable and perfectly avoidable. Throwing $60,000,000,000 in subsidies at chaotically intermittent wind and solar was a pretty good start. Placing lunatics in charge of the entire operation sealed the deal. Australia’s Eastern Grid (covering QLD, NSW, VIC, TAS, ACT & SA) is on the brink of […]

Reliable Power Rewind: Australia Rebuilds Baseload With New High Efficiency Low Emission Coal Plants

Like pushing on string, adding wind and solar adds nothing to reliable power generation capacity: never there when you need it, and often there when you don’t, wind and solar are just a perpetual irritant to grid managers – the people attempting to keep the lights on and air conditioners humming this summer. On 25 […]

Billion Dollar Blowout: Counting Mounting & Astronomical Cost of Australia’s Wind Power Chaos

In Australia this summer, it’s one thing to have electricity, it’s quite another to be able to pay the bill. Over the last week or so, STT has focused on an event when 200,000 Victorian businesses and households were left sweltering during heatwave, as a collapse in wind power output led to widespread load shedding […]

Antidote to Chaos: High Efficiency Low Emissions Coal-Fired Power Plants Key To Restoring Reliable & Affordable Power

  Electricity used to be taken for granted in Australia, like running water. Not anymore. Thanks to chaotically delivered wind and solar, having power during hot weather is now treated more like winning the lottery. Joni Mitchell sang about not knowing what you’ve got till it’s gone in her ditty, Big Yellow Taxi. Likewise, Victorians […]