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Diesel-fuelled jet engines: what promises to power SA this summer and next summer and .. ? If South Australia were a novel, it would find itself a place amongst the classic tragic comedies. For a while the bromance between its vapid Premier, Jay Weatherill and Californian carpetbagger, Elon Musk…

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Fantastic in theory, but reality is another place. *** It’s been barely 5 months since South Australia experienced a state wide blackout on 28 September, when a typically vigorous spring storm delivered wind speeds in excess of 90km/h, causing the majority of turbines operating at its 18 wind farms…

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Jay Weatherill’s political future all but blacked-out. *** While the power pricing and supply calamity that is South Australia is down to the subsidies awarded to wind power under the Federal government’s Large-Scale RET, the state Labor government has done plenty to create the unfolding disaster and nothing to…

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Yes, boy wonder, it’s a place called ‘Queensland’. *** In 2016 no two words struck more fear into the hearts of the city-bound, political elite than ‘Trump’ and ‘Brexit’. In both instances, ignorance amongst the media and political class meant that – for them – what were predictable, if…

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Wind powered capital: Adelaide 28.9.16 *** While STT was taking a well earned summer break, South Australians found themselves, yet again, groping around in the dark. In the lead up to Christmas, South Australians living on its West Coast in places like Ceduna were left powerless for close to…

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Tom Koutsantonis: the ‘Joker’ in the pack, but SA isn’t laughing. *** South Australia is, thanks to its ludicrous attempt to run on sunshine and breezes, now on the World stage: for all the wrong reasons. With total and totally unpredictable collapses in its wind power output, SA is…

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Arrium Steel’s Gerard Mahoney: SA’s power play the last roll of the dice. *** South Australia’s unfolding energy calamity, has drawn all sorts of self-professed experts out of the woodwork; desk-bound boffins, who all seem to have ready-made answers to SA’s self-inflicted power supply and pricing disaster. However, most…

One national newspaper headline: ‘Climate Hysteria Costs Labor Party ‘unlosable’ Elections’. Many voters seem to have found the notion of ‘fighting climate change’ either unconvincing or irrelevant. Alarmists are shocked and baffled. H/T The GWPF Prime Minister Scott Morrison has retained power in the Australian election while Labor’s election strategy to make climate alarmism the […]

Disastrous virtue signalling is out and reliable affordable energy generation is in, according to this GWPF report. Energy Minister Angus Taylor has unveiled a new energy policy focused exclusively on reducing electricity prices, in a strong signal the Morrison government will abandon all efforts to lower carbon emissions. The move comes a week after the issue of climate change […]

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Australia’s renewable energy policy has just imploded and, with it, the set-in-stone ‘certainty’ craved by renewable energy rent seekers. Never again will wind and solar power outfits be able to rely on the bipartisan support for subsidies to renewables, critical to their ‘business’ models. Generating power at the chaotic…

How much enforced variability in electricity generation can a country’s power system tolerate? A close look at the numbers for Australia is not encouraging, to say the least. How often have you heard that Wind power is intermittent, but has anyone ever explained that to you, or shown just how it actually is intermittent, and […]

Flying turbines ahoy! Fossil fuel to the rescue as usual. The blades of a wind turbine at an Australian Antarctic base broke off and narrowly missed a storage building as they crashed to the ground, reports Phys.org, forcing the icy outpost to switch to backup power. The head of the turbine, one of two at […]

Still trying to square the circle of unreliable, expensive renewables and reliable, affordable electricity supplies. At least one backbencher is starting to get it: “The problem with solar and wind … you’ve got to have them backed up in some way, and that’s either got to be a coal-fired power station, a gas generator or […]

Some say the ‘soaring prices and increased black outs’ mentioned in the report are at least partly due to over-hasty substitution of fuel-powered generation by expensive and intermittent renewable energy, mainly wind and solar. Now the argument is that Australia needs early action to try and prevent the situation getting even more serious. Alan Finkel, […]

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What left wing fu%#wits can achieve… ? South Australians must wake up each morning in the vain hope that it’s all just a very bad dream. Alas, their sorry reality is one dictated by wind worshipping lunatics, not least its vapid Premier, Jay Weatherill. Last week, Weatherill launched an…

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No way back from here: Malcolm muddles & Frydenberg fudges. *** Australia’s energy crisis is a self-inflicted calamity with no apparent end in sight. The PM, Malcolm Turnbull seems intent on protecting his son, Alex’s investment in Australia’s most notorious wind power outfit, Infigen (see our post here). While…

Can politicians put sanity ahead of ideology for Australian electricity generation following recent blackout fiascos? The Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has reinforced his belief in the importance of coal as a pragmatic part of the global energy mix, reports PEI. The Australian online reports Turnbull as saying he had the same opinion while leader […]

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South Australia’s ludicrous attempt to run on sunshine and breezes hit a ‘black spot’ on 28 September this year, when – yet another – totally unpredictable collapse in wind power output plunged the entire state into Stone Age darkness: ‘GUILTY’: South Australia’s Statewide Blackout Caused by Deliberate Wind Farm…

David Crowe in The Australian reports on the row about renewable energy policies in the wake of the storm that crashed South Australia’s entire state power grid. Phrases like ‘reality check’ and ‘sow the wind, reap the whirlwind’ spring to mind. H/T GWPF The Australian government will confront the states over the ­danger of statewide blackouts […]

If Oregon is modelling its electricity supply policy on South Australia, it should know what to expect, as Hot Air reports. If you live in Oregon and rely on certain fancy, high tech features of the industrial revolution such as having lights in your home and refrigerated food, you might want to start stocking up […]