Solar Totally Eclipsed: Sunny Queensland Powered By Ever-Reliable Coal-Fired Plants

  Despite the hype, the true contribution of solar power to Australia’s grid remains trivial and especially so from sunset to sunup. Oh, almost forgot, cloudy and inclement weather makes a pretty fair dent in solar output, too. Queensland is renowned as the Sunshine State. But, even there, the massive increase in subsidised solar panels […]

It’s No Joke: Australia’s Electricity Supply Now Depends On Wind & Cloud Forecasts

If you’re looking for the reason why wind power has never worked and never will? Here it is: THE WEATHER. If you’re looking to wreck a grid and send power prices into orbit, then pin your power hopes to mother nature’s whims. South Australia did; it suffers the world’s highest retail power prices and became […]

The ‘Unreliables’: Europe’s Power Grid Under Threat from Chaotic Wind & Solar

  Germany may have led the charge, but other European states merrily followed its suicidal attempt to run on sunshine and breezes. The results have been an unmitigated disaster. Renewable energy zealots keep telling us that wind and solar are free and getting cheaper all the time. Germany puts paid to that lie: Renewable Energy […]

Renewable Energy Rip-off: Wind & Solar Consistently Fail to Deliver the Goods

Adding wind and solar capacity is a bit like pushing on string; the outcome never matches the effort applied. Across the globe, it’s true to say that there has been a massive expansion in wind and solar power capacity. However, as Rafe Champion points out below, there’s a yawning gulf between the notional capacity of […]

Want To Wreck A Power Grid? Add Chaotically Intermittent Wind & Solar Power

Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse battled over whether America would run on DC or AC power, but they never had to battle with the chaotic intermittency of wind and solar. Celebrated in the recently released film, The Current War, Westinghouse and Edison fought a pitched battle over technology, patents, media approval and the support of […]

Red Faces: Mainstream Journos Quietly Drop Support For Intermittent Wind & Solar

Often wrong, never in doubt, the mainstream press is responsible for the idea that we’re well on our way to an all wind and sun powered future. The need for massive and endless subsidies is ignored; and the chaotic intermittency of wind and solar, brushed aside with waffle about mega-batteries saving the day. The mainstream […]

New Age Nuclear Needed Now: Why Costly & Intermittent Renewables Can’t Save the Planet

  Anyone still banging on about CO2 emissions in the electricity generation sector, ought to be banging on about nothing other than nuclear power. Nuclear power is the only, stand-alone generation source that can deliver reliable, affordable power without generating CO2 gas, in the process. The fact that politicians in this Country talk about anything […]

Wind & Solar Reality Check: Why Intermittent & Unreliable Renewables Can’t Save the Planet

There’s only one problem with intermittent wind and solar, at scale they’ve never worked and never will. Sure, powering an isolated farm house or pumping water for livestock with a few solar panels makes practical and economic sense. But that’s not what’s being rammed down our throats, and massively subsidised at our expense, at the […]