Why Wind Power Causes ‘Load-Shedding’ & Blackouts in SA: Power Generation for Dummies

There are 3 electricity essentials – that the power source and its delivery to homes and businesses be: 1) reliable; 2) secure; and 3) affordable. Which means that wind power – a wholly weather dependent power source, that can’t be stored and costs 3-4 times the cost of conventional power – scores NIL on all […]

Running on Wind Power & Wishes: South Australia Becomes a ‘Fools Paradise’

Last week had State Energy Ministers in a desperate rush to Canberra to plead for help from Federal Energy Minister, Josh Frydenberg at an urgently convened COAG Energy Summit. In the lead up, every one of them was being fed lines from those eager to profit from South Australia’s energy calamity: grid operators, keen to […]

South Australia’s Wind Power Obsession an Economic Suicide Pact

Alan Moran gets it. Setting a cult-like feel-good power policy, obsessed with wind power isn’t just fanciful nonsense, it’s nothing short of an economic suicide pact. Here’s how things are playing out in Australia’s “wind power capital”, South Australia. Renewable energy demanding a high price for unreliability The Australian Financial Review Alan Moran 29 July […]

South Australia’s Wind Power Disaster Kills BHP’s Plans to Expand Olympic Dam Mine

BHP started life in 1885 as the brainchild of station hands and boundary riders on Mount Gipps station in western New South Wales.  The town that sprung up around their find of one of the largest lead, silver and zinc deposits in the world, Broken Hill, shares the name with the company, ‘Broken Hill Proprietary’.  […]

South Australia’s Lessons for the World: Subsidised Wind Power The Fastest Route to Social & Economic Disaster

Judith Sloan: lays out a lesson on avoiding economic & social disaster. **** In a week when the mainstream media have been (finally) laying out the catastrophic results of South Australia’s ludicrous attempt to power itself on sunshine and breezes, it would be rude not to include this cracking article penned by The Australian’s top-flight […]

Panic Hits South Australia: Wind Power Debacle Sends Power Prices Through the Roof

*** South Australia’s witless Labor government is in a state of full blown panic. Since the closure of Alinta’s Northern and Playford power stations at Port Augusta, peaking power operators (using highly inefficient Open Cycle Gas Turbines or even diesel generators) have been gouging SA’s crippled power market, every time wind power output collapses.  The […]

South Australia’s Wind Power Nightmare Crushing its Biggest Employers

For over 3½ years, STT has been warning about the pending social and economic disaster in Australia’s so-called “wind power capital”, South Australia. A few weeks back we covered yet another crippling 12% hike in retail power prices, to be suffered by cash-strapped South Australian households; those who, of course, aren’t among the tens of […]