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 […]

SA’s Deluded Labor Government Warned Wind Power Push Would Wreck its Grid Way Back in 2009

*** Desperate, delusional and in denial, South Australia’s hapless Labor government is taking a well-deserved flogging in the press. SA, the so-called ‘wind power capital’, instead of setting an example of how to run on sunshine and breezes, has become an international laughing stock. Rocketing prices, repeated statewide blackouts and mass load shedding have made […]

Energy Disaster Spells the End for Australia’s Renewable Energy Target

It happened in the blink of an eye: Australia went from energy heavyweight to a country in crisis looking for the equivalent of life support. Since STT got going in December 2012, we have drifted from frustration to despair and back waiting and hoping for mainstream journalists to recognise the existential threat posed by Australia’s […]

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 […]

South Australia’s Risible RET Rescue: Giant $150m Tesla Battery to Power SA for 4 Minutes

*** South Australia’s wind powered energy calamity hit high farce in the week just gone. Its vapid Premier, Jay Weatherill proved the adage that when you’re in a hole it’s best to stop digging; except that he didn’t – and, instead, determined to dig into taxpayers’ empty pockets. Faced with a looming electoral disaster 12 […]

South Australia’s Wind Power Debacle Killing Miners, Mineral Processors & Scarce Jobs

*** In the aftermath of South Australia’s ‘Black’ Wednesday, its biggest miner – BHP Billiton – and last two mineral processors – Whyalla steel maker, Arrium and Port Pirie lead and zinc smelter, Nyrstar, were left powerless and thoroughly crippled as a result. We’ll start with a couple of pieces that appeared the day after. […]

Blackout Blues Continue: Australia’s Wind Industry Loses PR War for ‘Hearts & Minds’

The proponents of a pointless power source, abandoned centuries ago for pretty obvious reasons, which exists, and only exists by reason of massive subsidies drawn from power consumers and/or taxpayers have, from the outset, engaged in a well-orchestrated PR campaign aimed at winning ‘hearts and minds’. An industry that wouldn’t survive a nanosecond without mandated […]