If Australians Want Reliable & Affordable Electricity: It’s Coal-Fired Power or Nothing

The debate surrounding Australia’s energy crisis is occupied by two camps: deluded zealots and pragmatic realists. STT sits with the latter: we couldn’t care less whether electricity was generated using doggie doo, provided it’s available and affordable, to all-comers. Australia, as the world’s third largest exporter of uranium, ought to be throwing its money and […]

Liberal MPs Demand End to Australia’s Economy-Wrecking, Hidden $60bn Federal Power Tax

Already suffering the world’s highest power prices, Australian power consumers have watched prices jump by anything up to 28% in 12 months. The greatest increases occurred, funnily enough, in the all-renewable obsessed Australia Capital Territory, home to the Australian Federal Parliament in Canberra. The ACT entered power purchase agreements to buy wind power generated (occasionally) […]

No Way Back From RE Disaster: Energy Minister Abandons Australia’s Power Consumers

What passes for political leadership in this country is engaged in a wind and solar-fuelled economic suicide mission. Subsidies to grid wrecking wind and solar (when soft loans, green schemes and taxpayer handouts are added) are pushing $5 billion a year, punishing households and businesses alike. As wind and solar power capacity increases, power prices […]

Wind Power Output Collapses Send Power Prices into Orbit: The World’s Biggest Joke Just Got Serious

Intermittent wind and solar are a natural guarantee of grid chaos and rocketing power prices. The debacle that started in the renewable energy ‘superpower’, also known as South Australia has broken the border and is spreading fast. New South Wales is now being treated to a lesson on how increasing reliance on the ‘unreliables’ inevitably […]

Zero Sum Game: Wind Power Always Needs Gas, But Gas Can Always Go It Alone

Wind power is like that annoying tight-wad cousin who stays for a week, drinks your beer fridge dry and then leaves in the dead of night. We’re constantly told that the ‘transition’ to wind power is inevitable. But, in the same breath, we are also told that, at least for a while, it will need […]

Renewables Reckoning: Close Coal-Fired Power Plants & Watch Power Prices Rocket

Adding massively subsidised and chaotically delivered wind and solar to a power grid is guaranteed to send power prices through the roof (see above). Witness a little economic backwater called South Australia which – due to a maniacal obsession with sunshine and breezes – suffers the highest retail power prices in the world, routine load […]

Wind Power Collapses Send Power Prices Into Orbit in Wind ‘Powered’ South Australia

Wind power outfits often claim that their particular operation ‘powers’ 30,000 homes; RE zealots even claim that South Australians get 50% of their power from the sun and wind. Whacked with the obvious retort of ‘when?’, the wind cultist changes tack and starts mumbling about mega-batteries (non-existent and insanely costly), pumped hydro (non-existent and costly) […]

Turnbull’s Energy Dilemma: Pro-Coal Monash Forum Threatens PM’s Tenuous Grip on Power

  Politics is a cruel caper and, in Australia, the politics of power is merciless. Malcolm Turnbull has just lost 30 Newspolls in a row; the apparently fatal number that gave him licence to knife a sitting PM, Tony Abbott in September 2015. In an election fought on Labor’s ‘Carbon Tax’ (a monstrously expensive tax […]

Renewables Disaster Deepens: Power Costs to Australian Businesses Triple

  It’s almost as if Australia’s rocketing power prices, unstable grid, load-shedding and blackouts were an unexpected surprise, something that must’ve been introduced by intergalactic forces. Here’s an extract from a Press Release STT put out back before the Wind Power Fraud Rally in Canberra in June 2013: PRESS RELEASE: 7 MAY 2013 Wind Power […]

Businesses Belted by Australia’s Renewable Energy Target: Power Prices Spiral Out of Control

Australia’s Renewable Energy policy is an economic suicide pact, from which there is no escape. The result of that winning combination of greed, ignorance and downright stupidity, the Renewable Energy Target has destroyed businesses and is set to destroy whole industries. Manufacturers, miners and mineral processors are screaming blue murder as they watch once reliable […]