Billion Dollar Blowout: Counting Mounting & Astronomical Cost of Australia’s Wind Power Chaos

In Australia this summer, it’s one thing to have electricity, it’s quite another to be able to pay the bill. Over the last week or so, STT has focused on an event when 200,000 Victorian businesses and households were left sweltering during heatwave, as a collapse in wind power output led to widespread load shedding […]

Antidote to Chaos: High Efficiency Low Emissions Coal-Fired Power Plants Key To Restoring Reliable & Affordable Power

  Electricity used to be taken for granted in Australia, like running water. Not anymore. Thanks to chaotically delivered wind and solar, having power during hot weather is now treated more like winning the lottery. Joni Mitchell sang about not knowing what you’ve got till it’s gone in her ditty, Big Yellow Taxi. Likewise, Victorians […]

Blackout Fallout: Wind Power Debacle Leaves Thousands of Powerless Victorians Furious

Everyone ‘loves’ the idea of wind and solar power, until they’re sweltering in the dark. 200,000 Victorian homes and businesses left powerless – after a sudden and dramatic wind power output collapse on 25 January – have got a taste of what wind ‘powered’ South Australians have been putting up with for years. And they […]

Wicked Waste: Rocketing Prices & Blackouts Only ‘Dividend’ From $60bn in Subsidies to Wind & Solar

Setting fire to cash is one way of destroying value, throwing $billions in subsidies at intermittent wind and solar is just as effective. Chicago gangsters displayed their notorious net worth by stoking up their stogies with hundred-dollar bills. Easy come, easy go, as they say. So it is with the unreliables: wind and solar. Australian […]

Renewables Rent-Seeker Round-Up: Time to Shame the Bad, the Worse & the Ugly

The next generation of Australians will be eager to string up those responsible for turning an energy superpower into an international joke. Coal, gas and uranium rich Australia shouldn’t be paying the highest power prices in the world; and it shouldn’t be cutting power to businesses and hospitals during hot weather, when demand spikes and […]

‘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’, […]