South Australia’s Wind Power Debacle: Supermarkets Sacking Staff, While Sales of Portable Generators Boom

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Reliable, secure and affordable electricity is one of those things that the last few generations of Australians have largely taken for granted. Not so in Australia’s so-called ‘wind power capital’, South Australia. These days, Croweaters count their blessings if power is delivered at all and count their pennies every time they’re hit with a power […]

To End Australia’s Wind Power ‘Horror Show’, Turnbull Must Scrap the RET Right Now

XXX at Parliament House on September 14, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Malcolm Turnbull announced this morning he would be challenging Tony Abbott for the Liberal Party leadership.

*** As modern Hollywood ‘gangstas’ often remonstrate with their fellow ‘homies’ – when the LAPD appears in numbers, out of nowhere and hot lead starts flying – ‘this shit just got real’. With South Australians baying for political blood – after yet another wind power output collapse knocked out SA’s wholly weather-dependant power supply – […]

When Will Josh Frydenberg Stop Lying About the Federal Government’s $40bn RET?

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*** Blame shifting and buck-passing have become the national political sport. Lying and obfuscation are, of course, essential prerequisites for those moving up the political ladder. However, the brazenness with which Australia’s Energy and Environment Minister, Josh Frydenberg engages in political ‘craft’ is breathtaking. In a week where South Australia saw 90,000 homes chopped from […]

Turnbull’s Reliable Power Play: Australian PM Pushes Coal-Fired Future

XXX at Parliament House on September 14, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Malcolm Turnbull announced this morning he would be challenging Tony Abbott for the Liberal Party leadership.

*** Patrician and aloof, Malcolm Turnbull is grappling with an energy debacle, that took root in South Australia (aka ‘Australia’s wind power capital’) and, as a result of the Federal Large-Scale RET, threatens to burst the borders and destroy the entire Eastern Grid. Incidentally, geographically the single largest interconnected electricity grid on the planet. STT […]

Wind Industry Armageddon: South Australian Blackouts Lead Australia’s Chief Scientist to Demand Immediate Cap on Wind Power

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The fallout from South Australia’s power pricing and supply debacle continues. Last year Australia’s Chief Scientist, Alan Finkel was given the unenviable task of trying to keep Australia’s lights on, despite the havoc caused by a weather dependent system abandoned centuries ago, for pretty obvious reasons. With repeated statewide blackouts and routine load shedding part […]

Frydenberg’s Carbon Credit Capers: Coalition Signals the End for Australia’s Renewable Energy Target & Wind Power

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*** A week is an awfully long time in politics and, when the subject is Australia’s calamitous energy policy, it’s a veritable aeon. When Josh Frydenberg waltzed into the Energy and Environment Portfolio, STT tried to warn the ambitious colt from Kooyong that he had, in fact, just inherited a political poisoned chalice. Last week, […]

South Australia’s Disastrous Wind Power Experiment: Business Crippled as Power Prices Double

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*** Power costs spike short-circuits onshore abalone growth The Australian Michael Owen & Verity Edwards 5 December 2016 The largest onshore abalone growing company in the southern hemisphere, whose power bill is set to rise by $650,000, has joined mining giant BHP Billiton in warning that unreliable and expensive energy costs in the southern states […]