South Australia’s Mega-Battery a Costly Exercise in ‘Green’ Vanity Signalling

South Australians wake every day to an unfolding economic nightmare: they pay the highest retail power prices in the world, while suffering routine load shedding (scheduled power cuts) and mass blackouts (unscheduled), whenever wind power output collapses on a total and totally unpredictable basis. Businesses are being wiped out and whole industries are under threat. […]

The Price of ‘Love’: Wind ‘Powered’ State Plugs into Mega-Battery as Power Prices Rocket

When you pump your credentials as the world’s renewable energy superpower, it’s pretty hard to avoid the fact that your constituents pay the highest retail power prices in the world. Wind and sun worshippers can’t have it both ways: either South Australia is Australia’s wind power capital and that fact explains why its consumers are […]

Guilty: Subsidised Wind & Solar Drive Australia’s Rocketing Retail Power Prices

Among the dwindling band of deluded wind and sun worshippers, no two words are more prone to send them into apoplexy than ‘South Australia’. Held up as the example of how to run an economy on sunshine and breezes (sprinkled with a liberal dose of pixie dust and batteries that cost $150 million to power […]

Turnbull’s Trilemma: PM’s Power to Rise (or Fall) with National Energy Guarantee

The reason that Australian governments give for policies set to squander $60 billion in subsidies on wind and solar power is a three-way mission to deliver (1) reliable, (2) affordable and (3) low-CO2-emissions electricity. After the debacle that’s played out in Australia’s wind power capital, South Australia, the odds of that trifecta ever becoming a […]

‘Green’ Premiers Red-Faced: Wind Power Fiasco Ends in Dirty Diesel Debacle

  Australia’s ludicrous attempt to run on sunshine and breezes sometimes reads like the farcical plot of an episode of Blackadder or Fawlty Towers. In a ‘you couldn’t make this up if you tried’ moment, Australia’s ‘greenest’ States, Victoria and South Australia (which has been forced to wear its mantle as ‘Australia’s wind power capital’, […]

Australia’s Rocketing Prices & Looming Summer Blackouts Ensure Coal-Fired Power has a Long Way to Run

  Reports of the ‘death of coal’ have been greatly exaggerated. Around 80% of Australia’s electricity comes from coal-fired plant; with most of the balance from gas and hydro, in that order. No amount of statistical finessing from the wind and solar industries can budge their presently risible contributions to Australia’s power needs above more […]

Australia’s Monumental Wind Power Fail: Rocketing Prices & Mass Blackouts Here to Stay

As an entry-level primer on the causes and consequences of Australia’s self-inflicted energy calamity, this article by The Australian’s Graham Lloyd is a pretty fair effort. However, as usual, Graham allows his instinct for journalistic ‘balance’ to take the edge off his own analysis. Wind fail: blow me down The Australian Graham Lloyd 8 September […]