Renewables Repeat: Weather Event Wipes Out Australia’s Wind & Solar Capital (Once Again)

South Australia’s infamous Statewide blackout on 28 September 2016 was caused by wind turbines that couldn’t handle a vigorous spring storm front. Wind speeds exceeded 25m/s (90km/h), which meant turbines at the bulk of its (then 18) wind farms shut down automatically to protect themselves from catastrophic self-destruction. Metropolitan Adelaide was without power for hours, […]

Part-Time Power: Subsidised Solar World’s Most Expensive Virtue Signalling Exercise

There is a place for solar power, but it ain’t connected to a power grid. Delivering power for no more than seven hours a day (ordinarily between five and six hours, at best, and less in winter) means sticking solar panels on homes connected to conventional power grids makes no sense at all. As the […]

Subsidised Suicide: How Wind & Solar Carpetbaggers Trashed Australia’s Energy Grid

With abundant supplies of coal, gas and uranium Australia ought to be renowned as an energy superpower. It isn’t. In less than 20 years it deliberately destroyed the most reliable and affordable power generation and delivery system, on earth. It started with subsidies; massive subsidies to wind and solar – both domestic and large-scale – […]

Power On: Wind and Solar Are No Substitute for Real Dependable Energy

It only takes a moment’s consideration to understand why wind and solar will never amount to meaningful power sources. Sunset is a daily phenomenon and repeated bouts of extended calm weather occur with remarkable regularity. While there’s plenty of lip service paid to the ‘inevitable’ renewable energy transition, the reality bites every day. Always clear […]

Crunch Time: Obsession With Unreliable Wind & Solar Threatens More Mass Blackouts

  Power grids are among the most sophisticated organisms on earth, but they were never designed for the chaos delivered daily by intermittent wind and solar. For power consumers the first realisation that there’s a problem comes with load shedding (controlled blackouts) or mass blackouts (when the grid manager loses control, altogether). When sudden and […]

Enough is Enough: Time to End (Endless) Gravy Train for Subsidised Wind & Solar

Countless $billions are being squandered on subsidies to unreliable wind and solar, every single day. Wind and solar power don’t run on sunshine and breezes, they run on a seemingly endless stream of subsidies – without which, we simply wouldn’t be having this discussion. The merest hint threat of a cut to the subsidies sends […]

No Plan B: Germany’s Crazy Reliance on Wind & Solar Guarantees Mass Blackouts

Germany is a heartbeat away from a massive nationwide blackout, and yet its government is oblivious. Warnings from grid managers and its own Audit Office are being ignored. Believing that it will be able to close all of its nuclear power plants as scheduled, the German government continues in its attempt to defy reality. When […]

Why Intermittent Wind & Solar Will Never Amount to Serious Power Sources

Calm weather, sunset and the impossibility of economically storing electricity at grid scale, render wind and solar practically useless. For every MW of wind and solar capacity there has to be an equal MW of dispatchable generation capacity somewhere in the system, to allow the grid to function without total collapse. The inherent and chaotic […]

Alarm Call: Texan/Californian/South Australian Blackouts Herald End For Unreliable Wind & Solar

  By no stretch of the imagination can entirely weather/sunshine-dependent power sources be described as “meaningful” or “serious”. The tale about the naked Emperor beguiled by his acolytes into believing his ‘attire’ was perfectly suited to every occasion, springs to mind. The gag was, of course, that the Emperor never had any clothes. Likewise, chaotically […]

America’s Big Chill: Wind Turbines Frozen Solid & Solar Panels Plastered In Snow & Ice

America’s big freeze has wind and solar worshippers scrambling for excuses and shifting blame like snow from their driveways. Following on from Germany’s recent near-death experience, Americans are now realizing – with terrifying clarity – just how crazy brave relying on wholly weather-dependent power sources really is. Particularly when bitter Arctic weather blankets a continent […]