South Australian Debacle Shows Wind Power a ‘Proven Failure’


“South Australia is suffering from a power crisis because it has [shut] so many coal plants in favor.”

“Household electricity prices in Australia have risen by more than 40 percent between 2007 and 2012, the same period when the government offered lucrative wind subsidies.”

Power prices in Australian states with a lot of wind power are almost double the rates in other states. Australia’s reliance on wind power risks damaging the country’s power grid because the amount of electricity generated by a wind turbine is very intermittent and doesn’t coincide with the times of day when power is most needed.”


“Exactly the same arguments can be made regarding solar power.

The entire solar and wind industry is surely based on extravagant government subsidies, not just in Australia but around the world. China has recently declared a moratorium on more wind power in some regions. The energy is neither predictable nor efficiently stored.”


SA Jul 16

It took the wind power disaster to unfold in South Australia before mainstream media started to notice the bleeding obvious: these things don’t work – on any level. Slowly, but surely the press have pounced – attacking the causes and consequences of pouring $billions in subsidies at a power generation system which can only be seen as a proven failure. Here’s The Daily Bell joining the chorus.

Australia Finds Out Wind Power Doesn’t Really Work
The Daily Bell
17 August 2016

Trust in public power companies misplaced … Former Labor minister Patrick Conlon urges carbon price to fix electricity system … A SENIOR Labor figure is urging a carbon price on electricity to lower household bills by kickstarting investment in new-generation power plants. – The Advertiser

Australian politicians have been obsessed with taxing carbon ever since the tax was briefly imposed and then repealed in mid-2104 by former prime minister…

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Claim: Funding Cuts an “Existential Threat” to Aussie Renewables Research

Q: “What do you call a field of energy research so economically useless that it is utterly dependent on government funding for its very existence?”

A: A field that researches and obsesses over: Intermittent, inefficient, unwanted, costly, weather dependant, feel-good, unreliable energy – Wind and Solar.

Watts Up With That?


Guest essay by Eric Worrall

What do you call a field of energy research so economically useless that it is utterly dependent on government funding for its very existence? We may be about to find out, thanks to the desperation of cash strapped Aussie politicians fighting to retain Australia’s shaky AAA credit rating.

Australian Renewable Energy Agency funding cuts will lead to ANU job losses: Andrew Blakers

Dozens of researchers at the Australian National University in Canberra will lose their jobs if cuts to Australia’€™s renewable energy research agency are passed by the Parliament, according to one of the sector’s pioneers.

Deep cuts to the funding of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, contained in the Turnbull government’s omnibus “œbudget repair” bill before the Parliament this week, is an “existential threat” to clean energy innovation in Australia, Professor Andrew Blakers says.

Professor Blakers, a world leader in renewables research…

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