Keep It Simple Stupid: Why No Country Will Ever Be Powered By Wind & Solar Power Alone

Australia’s blackout capital, South Australia is what happens when hubris and ideology trumps sound engineering. After a run of mass blackouts, load shedding and a complete statewide blackout in September 2016, South Australia (Australia’s wind and solar capital) was forced to spend a fortune on diesel powered jet engines, open cycle gas turbines and, later, […]

JobSeeker: Australia’s Economic Recovery Demands End to Subsidies For Unreliable Wind & Solar

Putting a million Australians back to work requires a complete overhaul of Australia’s suicidal energy policies. The Federal and State government dictated coronavirus lockdowns have delivered Australia’s first recession in over 30 years; unemployment rates – already climbing – are set to skyrocket when the JobKeeper employment subsidy to businesses runs out in September; close […]

Life Support: Government’s Obsession With Subsidised Wind & Solar Destroyed South Australia’s Economy

South Australia has more wind and solar capacity per capita than any other place on the planet. It also suffers the world’s highest retail power prices and has been the butt of international jokes thanks to a run of mass blackouts, including one that plunged parts of the state into Stone Age darkness for more […]

Worse Than Useless: Chaotically Intermittent Wind Power Never There When It’s Needed Most

Subsidies aside, wind power has no natural commercial value simply because it cannot be delivered as and when power consumers need it. And the mythical notion of storing electricity at grid-scale doesn’t alter that equation, it simply makes wind power even more ridiculously expensive, than it already is. With wind and solar obsessed South Australia […]

Punishing Price: Australia’s Wind & Solar Obsession Means Power Prices Keep Rocketing

Like night follows day, adding chaotically intermittent wind and solar to your grid sends power prices into orbit. South Australians know it: they suffer the world’s highest power prices as a result of their 50% RET. Other Australian states are heading in the same direction. Victoria’s great wind rush has already sent prices rocketing: wholesale […]

Renewable Energy Armageddon: Australia’s Self-Inflicted Power Pricing & Supply Calamity

Chaotically intermittent and heavily subsidised wind and solar are at the heart of Australia’s power pricing and supply calamity. Like a runaway train, the disaster is unfolding before the passengers’ very eyes, with state and federal politicians apparently incapable of bringing the disaster to a halt and ever-present rent seekers throwing the throttle wide open. […]

Short Circuit: Victoria’s Renewable Energy Calamity Guarantees Blackouts & Rocketing Prices

South Australia’s wind and solar experiment provides the perfect example of how to wreck a power system and an economy with one blow. Not to be outdone, neighbouring Victoria drank the Kool Aid, too – pushing its very own 50% Renewable Energy Target, with a headlong rush into wind and large-scale solar. The lunatics that […]

Growing-Up: Australians Get Serious About Serious Energy, Demanding Nuclear Power, Now

All of a sudden, Australians are talking about a nuclear powered future, like there’s no tomorrow. Having recognised that climate alarmists will never relent in their crusade against carbon dioxide gas – being a proxy for eradicating cheap, reliable and affordable coal-fired power – anyone interested in a future where hot showers and cold beer […]

Biggest Losers: Power Consumers Pay Insane Cost to Backup Intermittent Wind & Solar

Wind and solar collapses in SA and VIC on 24 and 25 January sent power prices into orbit, as conventional generators cashed in on the chaos. As wind and solar power output hit the floor, the spot price of power hit $14,500 per MWh. The additional cost to power consumers was in excess of $1,100,000,000 […]

Crunch Time: Can Australia Escape its Self-Inflicted Renewable Energy Calamity Before It’s Too Late?

  Everything about Australia’s renewable energy calamity was perfectly predictable and perfectly avoidable. Throwing $60,000,000,000 in subsidies at chaotically intermittent wind and solar was a pretty good start. Placing lunatics in charge of the entire operation sealed the deal. Australia’s Eastern Grid (covering QLD, NSW, VIC, TAS, ACT & SA) is on the brink of […]