Terminal Diagnosis: Wind & Solar Chaos Places Australia’s Power Grid On Life Support

Australia’s self-inflicted wind and solar calamity has just got serious; very serious. Managing electricity grids is a finely balanced affair, requiring the ability to control what goes in and what goes out on a second-by-second basis. The generation and distribution of electricity was relatively simple when synchronous, dispatchable conventional generation sources (in Australia, coal, gas […]

Service Failure: Australians Swelter During Summer Heatwave Because Intermittent Wind & Solar Simply Can’t Deliver

Thanks to its obsession with intermittent wind and solar, Australian’s power is neither reliable, nor affordable. A warm spell across Australia this week – with temperatures in the 40°C range – has seen the demand for electricity hit the roof. Across South Australia, Victoria, NSW and Queensland air-conditioners have been cranked into furious action to […]

Renewable Energy ‘Transition’: More Wind Power, Higher Prices, More Blackouts

The chaos that comes with intermittent wind and solar get serious in summer, when demand surges, the sun sets and/or calm weather sets in. This summer, the barbecue stopper will literally be another round of what’s euphemistically called “demand management”: Soviet era power rationing, an integral part of Australia’s ludicrous attempt to run on sunshine […]

Renewables Reality Bites: Wind & Solar Power Chaos Threatens Complete Grid Collapse

The Australian summer is a few weeks away and with it comes the threat of mass blackouts, caused by the chaotic delivery of wind and solar. As temperatures soar, so does the demand for electricity, as businesses and households crank up their air conditioners to make life more tolerable indoors. When demand spikes in Australia […]