AGL’s Renewables Ruse: The Solution to Australia’s Energy Crisis Isn’t More Subsidised Wind Turbines & Solar Panels

While choice remains an option, the adage that ‘when you’re in a hole stop digging’ obviously applies when you find yourself in the midst of a disaster of your very own doing. Australia’s unfolding energy calamity has turned what was once an energy superpower, into an international laughing stock. Blessed with abundant coal, gas and […]

Australia’s PM Fiddles While Rome Burns: Keeping Federal RET a Recipe for a National Energy Disaster

*** ‘inertia’: noun a tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged; “the bureaucratic inertia of the various tiers of government” synonyms: inactivity, inaction, inactiveness, inertness, passivity, apathy, accidie, malaise, stagnation, dullness, enervation, sluggishness, lethargy, languor, languidness, listlessness, torpor, torpidity, idleness, indolence, laziness, sloth, slothfulness. If STT was called upon to provide a single word […]

The Dangerous Road Ahead: The Wind Industry – Status Report

There are good reasons for serious and responsible players in the wind industry to be concerned about the industry’s future, and perhaps even more about corporate and personal liabilities. Liabilities there are, but for whom and when will they come visiting, are in the process of being established. Encouraged by now seen to be ignorant […]

Renewable Industry’s Giant Battery Claims Unplugged

*** With Californian carpet-bagger, Elon Musk swooping on South Australia to scoop up as much as he can of the $550 million its hapless Labor government is about to squander on non-fixes for its self-inflicted wind power disaster, it’s time to put pen to paper to work out just how risible is SA’s plan to […]

Green Mythology: Sun, Wind, Waves & Tides Fail to Deliver the Goods

Perpetual motion machines, turning lead into gold and capturing moonbeams in a jar are just some of the fanciful notions that have attracted human attention over the eons. The last generation have been obsessed in their attempts to run whole economies on the weather. For those that launched all out efforts to run on sunshine […]

Australian Wind Power Forecast: 75% Chance of More Blackouts Next Summer

*** When your power supply depends on the weather, it somehow seems fitting that the chances of having power should be forecast in much the same way. Robert Gottliebsen is a finance and economics columnist with The Australian who has been out and about, talking to engineers about Australia’s energy crisis; and seeking to fine […]

Back to the Future: Wind ‘Powered’ South Australia to Run on Diesel Generators

*** There will be STT followers old enough to remember when country towns and regional centres relied upon an enormous diesel generator as their sole power supply. No doubt better than nothing, local diesel generators were soon replaced by coal-fired power plant and extensive distribution grids; reliability increased, power prices fell and the rest, as […]

Australian Wind Lobby Joins Massive Opposition to Threatened Jupiter Wind Farm

*** Nothing generates more hatred and bitter community division than a wind farm. While all eyes are on Australia’s brewing energy catastrophe and the Large-Scale RET that caused it, it’s easy to forget that the battle against the great wind power fraud is still being fought town by town and community by community, in the […]

Born Lucky: Stars Align Perfectly for PM’s Son with Mammoth Bet on Wind Power Outfit Infigen

Life is a lottery. And lottery winners are a mixed bag. Sometimes it’s that battler from Bundaberg who scoops the jackpot, immediately pays off the mortgages of his mates and buys five identical V8 Holden Commodores. On other occasions, the lottery was won at birth. Sometimes the advantage of parentage is immediate and other times […]

Australia’s Power Policy FAIL: Runaway Renewable Energy Target Destroying Business, Industry & Jobs

*** In the, ‘it seemed like a good idea at the time’ category, Australia’s Renewable Energy Target has turned toxic. Costly and pointless at the same time, the massive subsidies directed to wind and solar power have not only destroyed once affordable and reliable power supplies, they are inevitably destroying not just otherwise viable businesses, […]