TOTALLY GUILTY!!: Total Wind & Solar Power Collapses Responsible For Texan Blackouts

After America’s big freeze and the blackouts that followed, wind and solar acolytes are struggling to explain away the hard numbers, yet again. On 16-17 February – with hundreds of wind turbine frozen solid during breathless, freezing weather – Texan wind power output was a paltry 2% of installed capacity (see above and below). Solar […]

Frequency Freak-out: Chaotic Wind & Solar Threaten to Cripple Europe’s Power Grid

Electricity grids are like a living organism and their day-to-day survival is a finely tuned operation. Balancing supply to match demand on an instantaneous basis, is part of the trick. However, the maintenance of the required frequency (50Hz in most cases) within a narrow and defined tolerance has become a nightmare of continental proportions, thanks […]

Home Truths: Heavy Reliance on Wind & Solar Turn California Into ‘The Blackout State’

The sweeping blackouts that struck California last summer are a fair indication of what happens when sound engineering gets trumped by woolly-headed ideology. An obsession with intermittent wind and solar left millions of Californians sweltering in the dark, and wind and solar spin doctors working overtime to shift the blame. The state-wide blackout that struck […]

Blackout Bombshell: Unreliable Wind & Solar Delivering Europe’s New Dark Ages

Germany’s power grid is on the brink of collapse, thanks to chaotically intermittent wind and solar; a complete power supply failure is just a heartbeat away. As winter bites and power use soars, dead calm conditions mean there is little or no wind power and solar panels crusted in snow and ice are producing nothing […]

Peanuts to Pay For Total Chaos: Wind Power Outfit Fined $1 Million For Causing Statewide Blackout

On 28 September 2016, the automatic shutdown of wind turbines in South Australia during a spring storm delivered a statewide ‘system black’. South Australia’s hapless Premier, Jay Weatherill led the wind industry’s propaganda charge, pointing the finger at the collapse of a couple of power pylons in the state’s mid-North as the cause of a […]

Wake Up Australia: Time to Kill Renewable Subsidies and Avoid California’s Wind & Solar Disaster

Those who ignore history are doomed to suffer it all over again, even if it’s the recent history of California’s mass blackouts. Of course, Australians need only look to South Australia (its wind and solar capital) for an understanding of how an obsession with subsidised renewables is guaranteed to send power prices into orbit and […]

Second-Rate Solar: Cloudy Weather Brings Chaos to Communities Reliant on Solar Power

Recharging a mobile phone with a solar panel when you’re camping might be a wheeze, but don’t expect solar to deliver serious power when you need it most. A few years back, Greenpeace turned up in an Indian village, Dharnai and supplied it with a solar-powered micro-grid, crowing that “Dharnai refused to give into the […]

Dangerous Fantasy: Sierra Club’s 100% Wind & Solar Push Threatens US Power Supply

An obsession with chaotically intermittent wind and solar means not only spiralling retail power prices, but guarantees widespread load shedding (aka “demand management”) and blackouts (‘demand mismanagement’), whenever demand peaks and wind and solar output collapses around sunset and calm weather. The only way of explaining the push for subsidised wind and solar is money. And […]

New Normal: Brits Brace For More Routine Blackouts Thanks to Wind Power Obsession

If you’re pinning your power needs on the weather, then get set for mixed results. No country has ever powered itself on sunshine and breezes alone; no country ever will. Those that are attempting to do so, in earnest, have come unstuck – eg Australia’s wind and solar capital, South Australia, the only Australian state […]

Short Supply: Sunset & Calm Weather Deliver Total Chaos Wherever Reliance Placed On Renewables

  No country has ever powered itself on sunshine and breezes; no country ever will. Those countries that have placed any substantial reliance on intermittent wind and solar are watching power prices rocket and face grids on the brink of total collapse. Australia’s wind and solar capital, South Australia set the pace. Now, that disaster […]