Australia’s Runaway Renewable Energy Crisis: the Product of Government, Not Market Failure

*** Governments’ renewable energy push to blame for crisis The Australian Financial Review Ben Potter 7 April 2017 The energy sector is in disarray because of government failure, not market failure, former Productivity Commission chairman Gary Banks says. He told Infrastructure Partnerships Australia the spectacle of South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill blaming the private sector […]

SA’s Wind Power Debacle: AEMO Cuts SA’s Access to Victorian Power to Protect the Grid

SA’s plan to import electricity from Victoria a threat to stability: AEMO The Australian Michael Owen 21 January 2017 A plan for South Australia to import­ more baseload power from Victoria to ease its power crisis has been suspended by the national electricity market operator because of a “potential stabil­ity issue” linked to the state’s […]

Chaotic Wind Power the Cause of South Australia’s Infamous Blackouts

*** Renewables ‘can’t cope with sudden surges’ The Australian Michael Owen 16 December 2016 Renewable power sources cannot cope with rapid or large changes in frequency, leading ultimately to a “black system”, a report by a national electricity regulator says. The Australian Energy Market Commission’s draft report on power system security found the network is […]

Frydenberg’s Folly: Australia’s Renewable Energy Target Destined to be Capped or Scrapped

When a policy is unsustainable, either it will collapse under its own ponderous weight, or its promoters will eventually be forced to scrap it. Australia’s Large-Scale Renewable Energy Target is just such a policy. In the cutting British satire, Extras, the hapless Andy Millman (Ricky Gervais) is always foiled by his gormless but lovable side-kick, […]

South Australia’s September Wind Power Blackout Cost Businesses & Households $367 Million

When, on 28 September this year, a run-of-the-mill spring storm brought buffeting winds to South Australia, wind speeds exceeded 25m/s (90km/h), the bulk of its 18 wind farms saw their turbines shutdown automatically to protect themselves from catastrophic self-destruction. Metropolitan Adelaide was without power for hours, regional centres without power for days and mines in […]

Trump’s War on Wind Power: Access to Cheap & Reliable Power an Economic Fundamental

If the election of Donald Trump holds any lesson at all, it’s that energy costs and the security of its supply determine the economic and social health of any Nation, and ignoring that fact – by zealously pushing policies to the contrary – will end in tears for those foolish and arrogant enough to believe […]

South Australia’s Wind Power Debacle: Destroying an Already Battered Economy

*** Insanity is a term that doesn’t even come close to capturing the mania that has gripped South Australia in the last few months. Its hapless Labor government refused to cut a deal to keep Alinta’s Port Augusta power plants up and running and, since their closure in May this year, South Australia has suffered […]