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 […]

Power Costs Crippling Business: Australia’s Renewable Target is an Economic Suicide Pact

In much the same way that a multiple truck and car pileup on a freeway draws a growing throng of gawping onlookers, Australia’s energy debacle is attracting a whole new class of journalist to the mounting carnage. The latest to join them is the dour and humourless Paul Kelly. Kelly, Editor-at-Large for The Australian has […]

Retailers’ Call for ‘Emissions Intensity Scheme’ Signals End for Australia’s Renewable Energy Target

Willing to be accused of stating the bleeding obvious, electricity retailers aren’t in the business of not selling power; they’re in the business of selling power, at a profitable margin, to as many customers as possible. Power retailers in Australia have just come to the horrifying realisation that, with rocketing power prices and an increasingly […]

Australia’s Power Policy FAIL: Runaway Renewable Energy Target Destroying Business, Industry & Jobs

*** In the, ‘it seemed like a good idea at the time’ category, Australia’s Renewable Energy Target has turned toxic. Costly and pointless at the same time, the massive subsidies directed to wind and solar power have not only destroyed once affordable and reliable power supplies, they are inevitably destroying not just otherwise viable businesses, […]

Mounting Voter Fury Forces Canadian Renewables Retreat: Subsidies Slashed by $3.8bn

The politics of energy suddenly got real. The fantasy of attempting to run economies on sunshine and breezes has been revealed for just that. Germany’s headlong rush into renewables is in tatters, to keep the lights on and business ticking along, it’s been forced to build new coal-fired power plants and reinstate previously mothballed plant. […]