State Sanctioned Theft: Australia’s Renewable Energy Subsidies a $60bn Wealth Transfer

Selling electricity is a complex caper, permitting a sharp and mercenary few to make out like bandits, at the expense of the gullible many. In Australia, the power market was hijacked around 20 years ago, with the creation of the National Electricity Market. Then the game changed entirely, as chaotic wind and solar were added […]

Australia’s Self-Inflicted Renewable Energy Crisis: 200,000 Families Can’t Afford Power

Relying on subsidised, intermittent and unreliable wind and solar results in rocketing power prices. Rocketing power prices results in a cycle of grinding, daily misery for the poorest and most vulnerable. More than 100,000 Australian families had their power cut off last year, and a further 100,000 are on payment plans with their power retailers […]

Coal-Hard Facts: Australia’s Energy Minister Gripped by Renewables Delusion

  Where General Sir John Monash built Victoria’s electricity system, Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg is determined to destroy it. When the aptly named Monash Forum (a group of 30 Liberal and National MPs) formed a few months ago, all hell broke loose in Canberra. Armed with common sense and compassion, this group is out to […]

Tasmania’s Pathetic Wind Power Push: Plug Gets Pulled on Plans for All RE Future

These days, it’s almost impossible for wind power promoters to finish a sentence without reference to batteries or pumped hydro. In the beginning, when the wind industry said ‘let there be light’, they meant only occasionally, and only when the wind was blowing, just right. Now that the average punter has worked out that the […]

Renewables Rent-Seeker Round-Up: Time to Shame the Bad, the Worse & the Ugly

The next generation of Australians will be eager to string up those responsible for turning an energy superpower into an international joke. Coal, gas and uranium rich Australia shouldn’t be paying the highest power prices in the world; and it shouldn’t be cutting power to businesses and hospitals during hot weather, when demand spikes and […]

Renewables Rip-Off: Despite $4 Billion in Annual Subsidies, Wind & Solar Delivers a Trivial 2% of Australia’s Power Demand

In any bargain, those stumping up their own cash, tend to ask what they’re getting in return. When it comes to the billions in subsidies thrown at windmills and solar panels, the answer is: not much. Including domestic, rooftop solar annual subsidies to wind and solar add up to a staggering $4 billion. The cost […]

Renewables Reckoning: Close Coal-Fired Power Plants & Watch Power Prices Rocket

Adding massively subsidised and chaotically delivered wind and solar to a power grid is guaranteed to send power prices through the roof (see above). Witness a little economic backwater called South Australia which – due to a maniacal obsession with sunshine and breezes – suffers the highest retail power prices in the world, routine load […]