“would you rather have your economic future destroyed by a $42 billion electricity tax, designed to subsidise the construction of another 6,000 of these things; or a $90 billion electricity tax, designed to subsidise the construction of another 12,000 of them [windmills]?”
No further comment your honour.
STT has a hard time working out whether Federal Energy & Environment Minister, Josh Frydenberg is simply thick, obtuse or knee-deep in the greatest government sanctioned rort of all time?
Faced with a disintegrating electricity grid, skyrocketing power prices and a renewable energy policy on the brink of collapse, Frydenberg is playing political games, when he ought to be tearing up Australia’s costly and chaotic energy policy and starting from scratch.
Like Nero, fiddling while Rome burns, Frydenberg is exhausting his political capital ranting and raving about the ludicrous 50% renewable energy target being peddled by the Federal Labor Opposition, as well as berating Australia’s State Labor governments, for attempting to run their own races on renewable energy.
With a nod to Scripture, Frydenberg is obsessed with the specks in his political opponents’ eyes, but fails to notice…
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A new report by the national electricity regulator has found that September’s statewide blackout in South Australia, was a direct result of
renewable unreliable power sources unable to cope with rapid or large changes in frequency, leading ultimately to a “black system”.
Hardly surprising news considering the intermittent nature of weather-dependent wind energy, leading to well-established ‘grid instability’.
Which leads to the ultimate question that “unreliable” energy critics have been asking since the rushed inception of “green” energy as part of the hysterical quest to “Save The Planet” – Why wasn’t the critical factor of grid instability discussed, factored in and ironed out before spending billions upon billions of taxpayers money on the now-failed wind experiment? Who will claim responsibility for the misguided allocation of now proven inferior, useless and failed wind technology?
This is the direct problem faced when big government and statist green central planning gets involved in the commercial sector. Market mechanisms are eliminated, the very mechanisms which promote proper checks and balances to make sure stuff works.
The schizophrenic race for “green” energy has been nothing more than a race by rent-seeking corporatist vampires to suck up unlimited government funds, grants and subsidies.
But hey, who cares about other people’s (taxpayers) hard-earned money when you’re trying to “Save The Planet” right?
When will we learn from our mistakes?
Einstein’s definition of insanity is becoming more and more relevant as we continue to go down the insane path of defunct wind and solar tech:
definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Einstein
Michael Owen 11:44AM December 15, 2016
A new report by a national electricity regulator has found that, as occurred during September’s statewide blackout in South Australia, renewable power sources cannot cope with rapid or large changes in frequency, leading ultimately to a “black system”.
Spinning generators, motors and other devices synchronised to the frequency of the electricity system have naturally provided the inertia necessary to allow the system to cope with uncontrolled changes in frequency.
But new technologies such as a wind or solar have no or low inertia. Currently they have limited ability to dampen rapid changes in frequency.
“Finding new ways to provide inertia and respond to frequency changes is where work is required,” AEMC chairman John Pierce said.
AEMC is currently working on five rule change requests to address both immediate concerns in relation to emergency protection, particularly relating to South Australia’s current frequency issues, as well as new mechanisms to allow security to be maintained across the entire system.
Despite numerous warnings to the South Australian Labor government about the risk of frequency problems and increased load shedding, brownouts and blackouts, the state has pursued a renewable energy policy that has seen around 45 per cent of its generation come from wind and solar.
The state’s last coal-fired baseload power station was forced to shut in May because of the rise of renewables, with Premier Jay Weatherill and his Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis both declaring “coal is dead”. The state is now reliant upon an interconnector with Victoria to import coal-fired baseload power.
It has today emerged that a plan by the owners of the Northern power station and transmission company ElectraNet to reopen the power plant as a converter to stabilise the state’s wind-vulnerable grid was abandoned because of the red tape involved.
The power station would be demolished within one to two months but it would have taken at least a year for a full study and assessment on the reopening proposal under government regulation, before a decision could be made on funding.
While there has been no cost estimate released, such a move would likely be very expensive.
ElectraNet is urgently looking at options to stabilise the state’s grid in the absence of the Northern power station.
Mr Pierce said there were challenges ahead in managing system security, which was essential to allow reliable electricity supplies to be provided to customers.
“The changes that need to be made centre on the physics of energy supply, transmission and meeting demand,” Mr Pierce said.
“Many different technical options are emerging in today’s electricity sector and we want to encourage further innovation — rewarding the best options that may mature over time.
“We also need market mechanisms that reward the best outcomes while keeping consumer prices as low as possible over the long term.”
The AEMC interim report suggests changes that include new measures to enable provision of additional inertia for the system most likely through synchronous machines and development of fast acting frequency response services, which might be provided via invertor-based generators such as wind turbines, by energy storage devices and by demand-response schemes.
“This review puts an umbrella over many issues being raised by stakeholders in relation to the power system’s ability to keep the lights on while maintaining its frequency at a constant level,” Mr Pierce said.
“The review will consider both policy mechanisms that are in place now; and analyse how any of the feasible emissions reduction policies may impact the future power system.”
He also said that a more efficient gas market would improve the power system’s ability to integrate renewables like wind and solar by providing fast-start backup for intermittent generation.
“Making it easier to buy and sell gas helps lower supply costs for gas-fired power stations which are now replacing coal generators,” he said.
Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg said the Turnbull government welcomed the draft AEMC report.
“The increasing amount of solar and wind is creating a real challenge to the security of our nation’s electricity market, as they are non-synchronous generation technologies,” Mr Frydenberg said.
“As Bill Shorten and his mates in the Labor states chase unrealistic high renewable energy targets they have failed to take into account the fact that the increasing amount of solar and wind power they are encouraging into the system is reducing energy secruity across the National Electricity Market.
“In contrast, the benefits that hydro, gas and coal have provided, essentially for free, to keep the electricity system secure have been taken for granted.”
“As more intermittent generation comes into the grid, new markets are going to have be created for things like inertia which are essential to energy security.”
He said these issues will be considered by the Finkel Review and the AEMC.
The AEMC is calling submissions by February 9.
Countries Seeing The Light (literally)
Ideologically aggressive “green” GERMANY has spent €1 Trillion Euros, of other people’s money, on Wind and Solar power through the Energiewende program, only to undergo her biggest coal-fired power expansion in history.
CHINA is falsely portrayed by green-energy advocates as “leaders in the push for renewable technology”.
In reality, China setup their own small-scale wind and solar power generation purely to appease the West in a symbolic show of “Green” faith.
The result of China’s symbolic wind experiment? –> China Counts the Staggering Cost of its Wind Power Experiment | Climatism
Where they are winning, big-time, is in the mass-manufacture of wind and solar applications, sold back to the climate change obsessed West.
And the power used to manufacture the 16th Century industrial windmills, ironically, coming from the very coal that the West has condemned, demonised and shipped-off to China so she can open a coal-fired power station every week!
Insanity on a bizarre level.
China’s energy reality
China are opening a new-generation coal-fired power plant every week. –> China 5-Year Plan Confirms Massive Expansion Of Coal Fired Capacity | Climatism
Meanwhile, back in climate change obsessed Australia, they are “Blowing Up” and decommissioning their coal-fired power plants!
The world sure got that message: South Australia is closed for investment in heavy industry, and so, soon, will be the rest of Australia if we don’t learn from its madness.
Blowing up the Playford station was Labor, Greens and now Liberals saying yes to wind farms and the country’s highest power prices, and saying yes to the country’s highest unemployment, too.
It gets even worse. South Australia relies on a giant extension cord connected to neighbouring Victoria’s coal-fired power station Hazlewood, in order to supply baseload energy when the “wind don’t blow”.
About 600MW or a third of SA’s energy is drawn from Victoria. And as we know, when the windmills failed in September’s statewide blackout, the system flicked to the Victorian coal-fired interconnector and it overloaded leading to Statewide lights out.
So, you would think that increasing coal-fired power capacity or another baseload alternative like nuclear would be necessary to save industry, jobs, reduce massive power-price hikes and to simply keep the lights on, right?
Well in the utopian land of Oz, that answer is a big eco-NO! And hold onto your chair for why…
The Victorian Labor Government is decommissioning Hazlewood as of 2017 in order to ramp up its own defunct
renewable unreliable energy program!
That definition of insanity again please…
“doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Einstein
16th Century, weather-dependent Windmills have failed as a legitimate baseload energy source.
All they really do is relieve climate guilt for the gullible while diverting trillions of dollars of taxpayers money to rent-seeking corporate vampires.
See also :
- Doomed to the Dark Ages: No Solution for South Australia’s Wind Power Blackouts | Climatism
- ‘Unreliable’ Power Australia – Green Hypocrites Exposed By South Australia Storm | Climatism
- Blackout Blues: Wind Power Obsession Makes South Australia an International Joke | Climatism
- Adding More Solar And Wind Power ‘Doubles’ CO2 Emissions | Climatism
- China Counts the Staggering Cost of its Wind Power Experiment | Climatism
- Germany’s €Trillion Euro Disaster: Wind Power ‘Transition’ Destroys its Industrial Heartland | Climatism
“After all, there’s no ‘C’ in NASA.”
And this quip becomes even more farcical when you drill down on the funding for ‘space’ Vs ‘climate’ over at NASA…
Via Mike Bastasch, Daily Caller:
“NASA’s budget includes more than $2 billion for its Earth Science Mission Directorate, which works to improve climate modeling, weather prediction and natural hazard mitigation. NASA’s other functions, such as astrophysics and space technology, are only getting a mere $781.5 and $826.7 million, respectively, in the budget proposal.
Spending on the [climate] directorate has increased by 63 percent over the last eight years, making it the largest and fastest growing budget of any NASA science program. Over the same time period, the general NASA budget grew only by 10.6 percent — just enough to account for inflation.”
It appears that ‘cooling the past and warming the present’, to fit the global warming narrative, is a winning formula in the squeeze for taxpayer funds.
Nice work Gavin Schmidt.
US President-elect Donald Trump is set to slash Nasa’s budget for monitoring climate change and instead set a goal of sending humans to the edge of the solar system by the end of the century, and possibly back to the moon.
Mr Trump, who has called climate change a “Chinese hoax”, is believed to want to focus the agency on far-reaching, big banner goals in deep space rather than “Earth-centric climate change spending”.
According to Bob Walker, who has advised Mr Trump on space policy, Nasa has been reduced to “a logistics agency concentrating on space station resupply and politically correct environmental monitoring”.
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Climate change alarmism is big business for ‘reinsurance’ billionaire Warren Buffett. But he doesn’t believe in it:
– Warren Buffett: “The public has the impression, because there has been so much talk about climate, that the events of the last ten years have been unusual…they haven’t!
– Warren Buffett: “We’ve been remarkably free of hurricanes in the last five years [Now eleven years or 4003 days]. If you’ve been writing hurricane insurance it’s been all profit.”
– Warren Buffett: “I love apocalyptic predictions, because … they probably do affect rates…”
– Warren Buffett: “we get a tax credit if we build a lot of wind farms. That’s the only reason to build them.”
INCONVENIENT facts on the “Extreme Weather” meme :
“Extreme Weather Is Not Getting Worse” – Dr Roger Pielke Jr
Guest opinion: Dr. Tim Ball
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – Benjamin Franklin
The claims of increasing disasters presented as inevitable by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) provided opportunities for government interference and crony capitalism on a massive scale. Their actions ignored the realities and enabled unwise behavior by offering assistance and compensation if problems developed in areas where problems are well-known and inevitable.
The insurance industry is a major benefactor of this crony capitalism. They promoted the false IPCC claims on their web pages, sponsored documentaries, and did everything to exaggerate the threat. Look at the comments from the web page of Swiss Re.
Re/insurance plays an important role in managing climate and natural disaster risk, and that’s why it’s part of Swiss Re’s core business.
Managing climate and disaster risk is part of Swiss Re’s DNA.
Munich Re is a…
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We truly are living in the age of collective, virtue-signalling, climate-hysterical insanity.
And I’ll say it again –
If greens love nature, why aren’t they more concerned about carpeting pristine landscapes with industrial wind turbines?
Industrial wind turbines that kill millions of birds and bats, produce devastating infrasound that create untold misery to people and animals that live in close proximity.
They are weather dependent, running at a maximum of 30% output, providing intermittent, diluted and incredibly costly energy.
Duane J. Hyland nails this monumental hypocrisy…
“Environmentalists” would, in times past, raise the alarm at obstructions being built by the thousands across the land, but today the “Socio-Enviro-Emotionalists” salivate at the site of these rising monsters, believing they are “saving the planet.”
By Andrew Bolt ~
Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg warns that just to meet the renewable energy targets of the Labor states would cost us $41 billion and require another 4800 wind towers to wreck our views.
Clements Gap wind plant in South Australia
And as South Australia has now taught us: we’d still end up with electricity that goes out in a storm.:
Households are exposed to a $41 billion capital cost for state government promises to embrace renewable energy, according to new federal analysis…
The Queensland and Victorian governments would need to build the equivalent of 4800 wind turbines to meet their renewable energy targets under the scenario, which contradicts state claims the extra cost would amount to only “cents per week” for consumers.
Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will today press the states to rethink their renewable targets at a meeting in Melbourne that will hear from regulators…
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The great “green” energy fiasco, in bright lights, there for all to see – if you’re running reliable fossil fuel energy, that is!
Take note politicians, climate zealots and wind carpet-baggers.
The facts and evidence are irrefutable.
Ten South Australian wind farms told to limit generation after statewide electricity blackout
TEN South Australian wind farms have been ordered to limit generation in the wake of the disastrous statewide power blackout because the national electricity market operator has declared they have not performed properly.
The state’s biggest wind farm, at Snowtown, is among those which the Australian Energy Market Operator has targeted in its “management and analysis” of last Wednesday’s unprecedented power outage as it gradually restores the power network. The move will prompt further questions over whether renewable energy jeopardised electricity grid stability and triggered the cascading blackout, which started when fierce winds damaged 23 Mid North transmission towers and severed three high-voltage lines. –Paul Starick, The Advertiser, 4 October 2016
This comes on the heels of a damning report that says that the power instability of wind farms dropping out caused the grid to collapse…
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“The September 28 state wide black out is clearly creating challenges to the governments climate change policy initiative which is responsible for these power availability and high energy price debacles and which has jeopardized the power supply of the entire region.” – who would have thunk?!
Sceptics have been rightly warning of the disastrous consequences of the ideological scramble toward renewable (unreliable) energy, driven under green central planning, for many years. And on September 28, the chickens certainly came home to roost with South Australia’s *complete* and total state wide power blackout.
I will be posting more on this on ‘Climatism’ later, including information from a scathing report on the dangerous shift to renewable energy, put out by the Grattan Institute – “Keeping the lights on: lessons from South Australia’s power shock.”
Thoughts go out to those affected by the SA blackout. Hoping services return to normal soon.
Governor Brown has California on same “dark ages” renewable energy path as South Australia
Guest essay by Larry Hamlin
The entire state of South Australia suffered a complete power black out on Wednesday September 28 plugging it’s nearly 1.7 million residents, communities and businesses into darkness.
Loss of available power from transmissions lines feeding the region from other states coupled with South Australia’s ill-considered climate change energy policy of forced shutdown of the states operating coal plants to promote heavy use of renewable energy created this latest power debacle.
Last July the state barely averted energy black outs when reduced outside electrical energy supplies forced huge and costly purchases of needed power to restore electrical system reliability.(http://theconversation.com/south-australias-electricity-price-woes-are-more-due-to-gas-than-wind-62824)
The forced shutdown of operating coal plants and mandated increased use of renewables had significantly increased energy costs to consumers by eliminating production from low cost power plants while increasing…
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