Australia’s Rocketing Prices & Looming Summer Blackouts Ensure Coal-Fired Power has a Long Way to Run

  Reports of the ‘death of coal’ have been greatly exaggerated. Around 80% of Australia’s electricity comes from coal-fired plant; with most of the balance from gas and hydro, in that order. No amount of statistical finessing from the wind and solar industries can budge their presently risible contributions to Australia’s power needs above more […]

Government Uses Fake Gas ‘Crisis’ to Force Suppliers to Guarantee Gas to Costly & Inefficient Peaking Power Generators

AGL shows why power generators shouldn’t be energy retailers The Australian Judith Sloan 26 September 2017 Former senior executives of AGL must surely be shaking their heads in dismay. As the oldest listed company in the country, AGL has a tradition of measured and conservative conduct, as would be expected of a utility in the […]

Malcolm, Josh Grow Up, Kill the Renewable Energy Target & Go Nuclear

When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. Australians are fast growing up to the fact that running a country on sunshine and breezes is so much childish nonsense. Like most childish […]

Killing Off Australia’s Suicidal Renewable Energy Target Only Path to Economic Salvation

STT has been banging on about this since December 2012 and, for most of that time, pretty much alone. Massive and endless subsidies to a chaotic power source, abandoned centuries ago for obvious reasons have cost this country very dearly. Maintaining the Federal government’s Large-Scale Renewable Energy Target fixes Australia on a path to economic […]

Power Politics: Australia’s Energy Crisis Turns Voters Against Subsidised Wind & Solar

The well-worn mantra is that everyone is all in favour of renewable energy. And there’s something in it – right up to the point when they have to pay for it. Or right up to the point when the sun goes down and the wind stops blowing and they’re left sitting freezing or boiling in […]

Australian Summer Forecast: More Blackouts & Rocketing Power Prices

Australia’s decade-long dalliance with sunshine and breezes is about to get really, really serious. South Australia’s reputation as both Australia’s wind power capital and the home of the highest power prices in the world, and mass load shedding and statewide blackouts is no coincidence. The implicit purpose behind Australia’s Federal Large-Scale Renewable Energy Target is […]

Renewable Target Revolt: Desperate Coalition MPs Demand New HELE Coal Plants

  In Canberra, the politics of power has become a veritable powder keg for the patrician and aloof PM, Malcolm Turnbull. His hapless sidekick, Josh Frydenberg will go down in history as the man who, almost single-handedly, destroyed Australia’s enviable wealth and hard fought for prosperity. As power hungry businesses have just worked out, Australia’s […]