South Australia Powerless (Again): Sudden 1,000MW Wind Power Output Collapse Leaves 90,000 Families Boiling in the Dark

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‘Smug’: adjective – having or showing an excessive pride in oneself or one’s achievements. Eg, “he was feeling smug after his win”. synonyms: self-satisfied, complacent, self-congratulatory, superior, puffed up, pleased with oneself, self-approving, well pleased, proud of oneself. Yes, that’s STT: but our sense of self-satisfaction is not gleeful. STT has been spelling out the […]

Frydenberg’s Folly: Australia’s Renewable Energy Target Destined to be Capped or Scrapped

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When a policy is unsustainable, either it will collapse under its own ponderous weight, or its promoters will eventually be forced to scrap it. Australia’s Large-Scale Renewable Energy Target is just such a policy. In the cutting British satire, Extras, the hapless Andy Millman (Ricky Gervais) is always foiled by his gormless but lovable side-kick, […]

South Australia’s September Wind Power Blackout Cost Businesses & Households $367 Million

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When, on 28 September this year, a run-of-the-mill spring storm brought buffeting winds to South Australia, wind speeds exceeded 25m/s (90km/h), the bulk of its 18 wind farms saw their turbines shutdown automatically to protect themselves from catastrophic self-destruction. Metropolitan Adelaide was without power for hours, regional centres without power for days and mines in […]