Australia’s Renewable Energy Target: Pure Political Poison for PM, Malcolm Turnbull

Not for the first time and not for the last time, Australia’s PM, Malcolm Turnbull is facing a nemesis of his own creation. The first time round, as Liberal opposition leader, Turnbull’s innate desire to pander to inner-city lefties had him snuggle up to Labor (the party he was naturally designed to lead) and advocate […]

Industrial-Scale Battery Storage of Wind & Solar Power Does Not Exist & May Never Exist

With the world now alive to the fact that entirely weather dependent wind and solar power will never stand on their own 2 feet; and that intermittency really does matter, renewables rent-seekers have been banging on about mega-batteries saving the day. Australia’s ‘wind power capital’, South Australia – having destroyed its once reliable and affordable […]

Industrial Scale Battery Storage of Wind & Solar Would Cause Surge in CO2 Emissions

Californian carpet-bagger, Elon Musk has been threatening South Australia with a plan to scoop up at least $150 million of the $550 million its hapless Labor government is about to squander on non-fixes for its self-inflicted wind power disaster. So no time like the present to reflect on just how ‘green’ is SA’s plan to […]

Renewable Industry’s Giant Battery Claims Unplugged

*** With Californian carpet-bagger, Elon Musk swooping on South Australia to scoop up as much as he can of the $550 million its hapless Labor government is about to squander on non-fixes for its self-inflicted wind power disaster, it’s time to put pen to paper to work out just how risible is SA’s plan to […]

Australian Wind Power Forecast: 75% Chance of More Blackouts Next Summer

*** When your power supply depends on the weather, it somehow seems fitting that the chances of having power should be forecast in much the same way. Robert Gottliebsen is a finance and economics columnist with The Australian who has been out and about, talking to engineers about Australia’s energy crisis; and seeking to fine […]

How Political Lunacy Sabotaged Australia’s Once Reliable & Affordable Power Suply

If what Australia’s political brains trust has done to its once reliable and affordable power supply had been done by external agents, it would have been branded an act of terrorism. The so-called ‘wind power capital’ of Australia, South Australia has become an international laughing stock: statewide blackouts, routine load shedding and rocketing power prices […]

Back to the Future: Wind ‘Powered’ South Australia to Run on Diesel Generators

*** There will be STT followers old enough to remember when country towns and regional centres relied upon an enormous diesel generator as their sole power supply. No doubt better than nothing, local diesel generators were soon replaced by coal-fired power plant and extensive distribution grids; reliability increased, power prices fell and the rest, as […]