Big-Apple Blackouts Loom: Rush to Unreliable Renewables Threatens New York Power Grid

  New Yorkers are about to reap what their wind and solar obsessed Governor, Andrew Cuomo has sown. As South Australians and Germans are acutely aware, adding utterly unreliable and inherently intermittent wind and solar to a power grid, designed entirely around dispatchable sources, leads to chaos. That wind and solar superpower, South Australia, has […]

Downfall: Germany’s RE ‘Transition’ Leaves Grid on the Brink of Collapse

For those pumping the perceived merits of wind and solar power, the laws of nature can be a real bitch. Meteorology, physics, economics have all conspired against nature’s wonder fuels: the sun and wind. The disasters that are playing out in RE superpowers like South Australia and Germany, provide the perfect ‘how not to’ examples. […]

Chaos Reigns Supreme: Erratic Wind and Solar Destroy Australia’s Once Reliable Power Grid

  The natural result of plugging into wind and solar power is absolute chaos. It’s like inviting the Hells Angels to your daughter’s 21st birthday party and not expecting mayhem. Those that kid themselves otherwise, fall into roughly 2 camps: dreamy, eco-zealots, happy to ignore everything the real world throws at them (especially facts antithetical […]

Cost & Reliability Winners: Coal & Nuclear Just Keep On Keeping On

Pin satisfaction of your power demands to the weather, and expect the results to vary just like the .. ahem .. weather. One of the paradoxes of energy generation is that the most reliable sources are the cheapest, by far. Coal and nuclear power generation don’t need a second system like pumped hydro, mythical mega-batteries […]

Wind Power Fiasco: Texas Faces Summer of Shortfalls, Rationing & Blackouts

Any state or country thinking about running on sunshine and breezes has enough disastrous examples to make them think twice. Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: massively subsidised, unreliable and intermittent wind power undercuts reliable coal-fired power plants; some of those plants close; power prices rocket; and grid managers suffer conniptions as they […]

Hype-Power: Renewables Zealots’ Claims that SA’s Mega-Battery Saves Grid Pure Bunkum

  With Australia’s renewable energy crisis running totally out of control, whenever you hear the word ‘battery’ you know you’re being conned. Pumping power into and then taking it out of a battery results in inevitable exchange losses, power gets chewed up during that process and is dissipated as heat energy. And then there’s the enormous […]

Power Crisis Panic: Australia’s Energy Regulator Warns More Renewables Means More Blackouts

  ‘Panic’ and ‘delusion’ sum up the results of Australia’s self-inflicted renewable energy disaster. Panic at the threat posed by the occasional and chaotic delivery of wind and solar power to the grid; a threat already realised in Australia’s wind power capital, South Australia, which suffers the highest power prices in the world and is […]