Downfall: Germany’s RE ‘Transition’ Leaves Grid on the Brink of Collapse

For those pumping the perceived merits of wind and solar power, the laws of nature can be a real bitch. Meteorology, physics, economics have all conspired against nature’s wonder fuels: the sun and wind. The disasters that are playing out in RE superpowers like South Australia and Germany, provide the perfect ‘how not to’ examples. […]

Chaos Reigns Supreme: Erratic Wind and Solar Destroy Australia’s Once Reliable Power Grid

  The natural result of plugging into wind and solar power is absolute chaos. It’s like inviting the Hells Angels to your daughter’s 21st birthday party and not expecting mayhem. Those that kid themselves otherwise, fall into roughly 2 camps: dreamy, eco-zealots, happy to ignore everything the real world throws at them (especially facts antithetical […]

Cost & Reliability Winners: Coal & Nuclear Just Keep On Keeping On

Pin satisfaction of your power demands to the weather, and expect the results to vary just like the .. ahem .. weather. One of the paradoxes of energy generation is that the most reliable sources are the cheapest, by far. Coal and nuclear power generation don’t need a second system like pumped hydro, mythical mega-batteries […]

Killer App: Renewables Disaster Driving Australia’s Farmers to Bankruptcy

That coal, gas and uranium rich Australia is in the midst of an energy crisis is mind-boggling to most. Destroying an electricity grid and power market is very easily done. All it takes is to $3-4 billion a year in subsidies to weather dependent wind and sunshine dependent solar. That pricey and petulant pair have […]

Australia’s Renewable Energy Chaos Has Investors Clamouring For Coal-Fired Power Plants

  Remember all those stories about wind power replacing coal? No? STT has forgotten them, too. An idiotic obsession with wind and solar power, has sent power prices rocketing and placed Australia’s once perfectly reliable power grid on the brink of collapse. That those states connected to the Eastern Grid (QLD, NSW, SA, Victoria and […]

Hype-Power: Renewables Zealots’ Claims that SA’s Mega-Battery Saves Grid Pure Bunkum

  With Australia’s renewable energy crisis running totally out of control, whenever you hear the word ‘battery’ you know you’re being conned. Pumping power into and then taking it out of a battery results in inevitable exchange losses, power gets chewed up during that process and is dissipated as heat energy. And then there’s the enormous […]

Coal-Fired Future: Australia’s Renewable Energy Debacle Puts Fossil Fuels Front & Centre

South Australia’s embattled power consumers determined to ditch Jay Weatherill’s Labor government and its maniacal 75% RET. While what follows is a whole lot less certain than outright immediate economic self-annihilation, South Australians aren’t out of the woods, just yet. Indeed, nothing much has really changed, at all. The weather is still the key determinant […]