South Australia’s Mega-Battery a Costly Exercise in ‘Green’ Vanity Signalling

South Australians wake every day to an unfolding economic nightmare: they pay the highest retail power prices in the world, while suffering routine load shedding (scheduled power cuts) and mass blackouts (unscheduled), whenever wind power output collapses on a total and totally unpredictable basis. Businesses are being wiped out and whole industries are under threat. […]

South Australia Set for Higher Power Prices & More Blackouts Post Hazelwood Closure

SA’s vapid Premier, Jay Weatherill about to suffer another power shock. *** The Federal Large-Scale RET has just claimed another scalp in the shape of 1,600MW of reliable base-load plant at Hazelwood, Victoria – as well as more than 1,000 well-paid blue-collar jobs and an entire regional community. That loss follows hot on the heels […]

Enron Rides Again: Wind Power Chaos Enables Rampant Price Gouging by Conventional Generators

South Australia’s ludicrous attempt to run on sunshine and breezes has rendered it an international laughing stock.  Daily, routine, total and totally unpredictable collapses in wind power output result in price gouging efforts that see the spot price for power rocket from around $70 per MWh to $2,000 to $4,000 per MWh, in a matter […]

SA’s Debacle Spreads: Wind Power Threatens to Wreck an Entire Power System

*** Things got serious in Australia’s energy sector as soon as the wind power debacle in South Australia started making the front pages of Australia’s metropolitan dailies. For a while, the happy citizens of states (other than SA) not wedded to the wind power delusion could quietly snigger at the mess South Australia’s hapless Labor […]

Wind Power Debacle: South Australia an International Joke

*** South Australia is, thanks to its ludicrous attempt to run on sunshine and breezes, now on the World stage: for all the wrong reasons. With total and totally unpredictable collapses in its wind power output, SA is now accustomed to routine load-shedding (dropping suburbs and whole regions off the grid to keep the rest […]

SA’s Wind Power Debacle: Opportunity Knocks for More Subsidy-Sucking Rent Seekers

Investment is not always good Catallaxy files Judith Sloan 29 July 2016 Since the return of the Labor-lite Turnbull government – or should that just be Labor – the rent-seekers in the renewable energy space have been out and about. No doubt, the South Australian debacle has thrown a spanner in the works, but the […]

South Australia’s Wind Power Obsession an Economic Suicide Pact

Alan Moran gets it. Setting a cult-like feel-good power policy, obsessed with wind power isn’t just fanciful nonsense, it’s nothing short of an economic suicide pact. Here’s how things are playing out in Australia’s “wind power capital”, South Australia. Renewable energy demanding a high price for unreliability The Australian Financial Review Alan Moran 29 July […]