When Will Josh Frydenberg Stop Lying About the Federal Government’s $40bn RET?

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*** Blame shifting and buck-passing have become the national political sport. Lying and obfuscation are, of course, essential prerequisites for those moving up the political ladder. However, the brazenness with which Australia’s Energy and Environment Minister, Josh Frydenberg engages in political ‘craft’ is breathtaking. In a week where South Australia saw 90,000 homes chopped from […]

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 […]

SA’s Wind Power Debacle: AEMO Cuts SA’s Access to Victorian Power to Protect the Grid

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SA’s plan to import electricity from Victoria a threat to stability: AEMO The Australian Michael Owen 21 January 2017 A plan for South Australia to import­ more baseload power from Victoria to ease its power crisis has been suspended by the national electricity market operator because of a “potential stabil­ity issue” linked to the state’s […]

Australia’s ‘Wind Power Capital’ – South Australia – Becomes the ‘Blackout State’

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*** While STT was taking a well earned summer break, South Australians found themselves, yet again, groping around in the dark. In the lead up to Christmas, South Australians living on its West Coast in places like Ceduna were left powerless for close to 3 days, said to be the result of storm damage to […]

Chaotic Wind Power the Cause of South Australia’s Infamous Blackouts

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*** Renewables ‘can’t cope with sudden surges’ The Australian Michael Owen 16 December 2016 Renewable power sources cannot cope with rapid or large changes in frequency, leading ultimately to a “black system”, a report by a national electricity regulator says. The Australian Energy Market Commission’s draft report on power system security found the network is […]

South Australia’s Repeated Wind Power Blackouts Force Retreat to Fossil-Fuels: Base-load Gas Plant Ordered to Run Constantly

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*** Clueless and desperate, Australia’s political leaders are fiddling while Rome continues to burn. The calamity that is South Australia’s self-inflicted power pricing and supply chaos, threatens to spread across state borders like a malignant tumour. While State Labor governments in Queensland and Victoria continue to talk the talk about their desire to carpet their […]

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 […]