Pumped Hydro Pipe-Dreams: Why Using Wind Power to Pump Water Uphill is Economic Nonsense

Australia’s obsession with wind and solar is literally destroying its economic future. Instead of clambering out of the hole, Malcolm Turnbull and Josh Frydenberg just keep on digging. The patrician and aloof Malcolm Turnbull has become a political parody. At a time when a Prime Minister ought to be outraged at the wholesale destruction of businesses and […]

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 […]

System Reboot Required: Undoing Australia’s Self-Inflicted Renewable Energy Disaster

  For some strange reason, wind ‘powered’ Victoria and South Australia suffer wholesale prices around double what’s paid in coal-fired Queensland and NSW? Could it be that massively subsidised, intermittent and unreliable wind power has wrecked power markets in Daniel Andrew’s Victoria and Jay Weatherill’s SA? The graphic above appeared in The Australian, a few […]

Blackouts Loom: National Energy Guarantee Aims to Keep Australia’s Lights On When the Wind Stops Blowing

With reliable power in short supply this coming Summer (and beyond), PM, Malcolm Turnbull was bound to act. In yesterday’s post, we detailed how the National Energy Guarantee is meant to work, what it does and what it will not do. At the heart of the NEG is a simple objective: keep everyone’s lights and […]