#windpower

Who says the Germans don’t do humour?

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Mercedes-Benz has decided to showcase its least fuel efficient SUV, the G63 AMG (which has the aerodynamics of a house brick), overlooking some renewable wind power. Irony, sarcasm and humour rolled into one. Is this to champion the importance of boosting policy that encourages carbon offsets or will the car double as a back up generator when the wind doesn’t blow?

Maybe the joke is on us. Perhaps the Germans aren’t doing humour at all but providing realistic assessments on actual consumer behaviour and the inability of renewables to provide baseload power.

Power prices hit $1200/kWh in SA

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When the wind doesn’t blow, South Australia’s 40% reliance on renewables gets exposed for it’s Achilles heel – lunatic power prices. At one stage today, power prices hit twelve hundred dollars ($1200) a kWh. Put into layman’s terms, if you accidentally left the porch lights on when you went to work and they were powered by two 100 watt light bulbs, in 10 hours each would rack up 1 kWh of energy. So that little mistake would cost $2,400 at those prices! So much for Elon Musk’s mega battery saving the day for South Australians during power shortages. No wonder Jay Weatherill’s government was turfed.

Deliberately taking taxpayers from the 1st world to the 3rd

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The green madness in Australia continues apace. Virtue signaling governments whose efforts are nothing more than expensive tokenism at best have led the Australian energy market regulator to warn of blackouts in Victoria during the coming summer. In what world would anyone logically trade perfectly reliable electricity for renewables which have a track record of failure in neighboring South Australia? On even the most pessimistic warming scenarios Australia’s renewable efforts will have a 0.00014 degree impact in 100 years. So many billions frittered away for absolutely no gain. Industries made deliberately less competitive because their electricity prices have doubled in a decade despite being a country totally rich in raw materials to make us one of the most efficient. What is worse is that South Australia which is 40% renewable has had to blow another $600mn of taxpayer funds on back up power. Initially it will be diesel generators that burn 80,000 litres per hour until a gas plant can be built. Despite the massive failure, the Premier of SA talks it up as though he is noble. At what cost? The highest electricity prices in the world, the highest unemployment rate in Australia and the slowest growth. Surely a legacy worth protecting.

A windy day in Hamamatsu

Who would have guessed tht two out of five wind towers are working on a windy day in Hamamatsu, Japan? Why do we bother with such useless renewable power? Perhaps it is worth mentioning that these wonders of green madness require fossil fuel based products to keep the gears lubricated…never worry about that……

An open letter Dear Premier Andrews,

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Sure. It is so easy to grant people certainty. Stop what you’re doing. It most certainly isn’t a game but if you did some proper due diligence you’d realize that you’re copying a model that has resolutely failed in South Australia. Jay Weatherill hasn’t stood up for his state at all. He’s sending them a bill for $550mn because he didn’t do the homework. In fact, such is his lack of preparation he is about to make the same mistake twice. To do a rush job on a battery storage tender inside two weeks and a fossil fuel plant which won’t see the light of day for at least 3-4 years shows the depths of how he deserves censure not congratulations.

Now you attack Josh Frydenberg as responsible for the state’s independent decision to ignore the advice of the experts. The national energy market is indeed a mess. While I agree with you that there is no leadership at a federal level, certain states none-the-less embarked on their own climate crusades with little thought for the realities which are becoming all to clear in South Australia. Now they are wanting the federal government to help pay for their recklessness.

Indeed you plan to follow Victoria down the same path. You will lose over a fifth of your electricity generation capacity by closing Hazelwood. No wonder South Australia is reaching for the bicycle tube repair kit because you’ll leave them no choice given Victoria can no longer be relied on when the lights go out.

Premier Andrews, indeed we do need a serious policy discussion on the future of energy in this country because the path you wish to take us will almost certainly guarantee lower growth, higher unemployment, higher costs and ultimately higher electricity prices. Talk all you want about saving the planet but even listening to the biggest alarmists will tell you that whatever Australia does will have near as makes no difference ZERO impact on the planet’s temperatures. Voters don’t need tokenism. If you want to grant them certainty, stop chasing thought bubbles on climate policy.

Yours sincerely,

Mike Newman

South Australia proves its own mistake with renewables

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You have to love the climbdown here from SA Premier Jay Weatherill after fumbling around in the dark over the blackouts and the epic fail caused by renewables. The public demolition of a coal-fired plant In Port Augusta symbolized the gloating about the switch to clean power. Was the decision by the South Australian government to chase such a fanciful renewable target done with proper due diligence (i.e.  not falling for the green scares) there would be no need to splurge $360mn on a new gas-fired power plant to act as a back up for energy it might lose because of the unpredictability of green power. Truly a case of closing the gate after the horse has bolted.  Another $150mn will be splurged on a battery storage facility which would never have been needed had common sense prevailed. Now the weakest state in Australia with the highest unemployment and most expensive electricity prices will slug tax payers with half a billion bucks. It is irrelevant whether their electricity bills will go up, they will pay indirectly. Utter madness.

What people tend to forget is that battery manufacture is an incredibly dirty business. The horrible stuff that goes into a Li-ion battery gets mined half a world away to be refined, mixed (lithium, nickel, cobalt , and aluminum) and converted into the finished product. Like those that claim an EV is emissions free. It isn’t when you calculate the production process and the power supply. In any event, all this episode today proves is that the South Australian government has stuffed up massively and now asking already tapped out taxpayers to suck up their woeful stewardship and lack of critical analysis on embarking on being en vogue rather than prudent.

Amusing that Weatherill is now gloating about SA having the biggest battery farm in Australia. I doubt taxpayers will want to hear “biggest” as that equates to “bigger” cost to them.

Once again our dearly departed Bill Leak summed up the mood of South Australia’s stupidity.

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Turnbull’s thought bubble with Elon Musk steals the thunder that Weatherill can only dream of

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It is no surprise that Prime Minister Turnbull is having another ‘thought bubble’, this time with Tesla CEO Elon Musk. I am sure his thinking is it may create another diversion for his weak, indecisive and increasingly unpopular leadership. Using the likes of an international celebrity like Elon Musk he can appeal that he’s hip with global trends. In reality he is trying to steal Weatherill’s limelight. Taxpayers won’t want to pay up for something that hasn’t been proven on the scale that is required in South Australia. Storage isn’t Australia’s problem. It is loony renewable targets like we have in South Australia which are showing the limitations of green power. The Musk plan highlights the stupidity of

100 days or it is free is a gimmick. It is one thing to promise these packs, it is another to be able to install. The guarantee undoubtedly come with huge quid pro quos which will undoubtedly fall on the government – such as provision of land, connection to the grid etc etc. The only thing free will end  up being the set of steak knives. Turnbull can whistle all he wants about storage but Australia will has a growing generation problem which will worsen with the crazy renewable targets being espoused. If states can’t produce enough electricity to meet their own demand, then there is nothing left over to store. That will mean even more expensive inefficient renewables will be sought by governments in order to feed the batteries which sadly won’t lower prices. Taxpayers will get slugged.

South Australia’s (SA) completely disastrous renewable energy policy has caused much chaos, including two recent large scale blackouts. Soaring electricity prices has been behind Coca Cola’s decision to cease operations in the state.

Originally Musk had called up SA Premier Jay Weatherill to solve the total farce his energy policies have proven. South Australia has the country’s most expensive, yet most unreliable electricity supply.  SA scrapped its coal-fired power and relies on wind power for 40%of its electricity. When the wind doesn’t blow, SA relies on backup power from neighboring Victoria, which has its own ridiculous renewable energy targets. Victoria has announced the closure of the Hazelwood coal-fired electricity plant which constitutes 20% of Victoria’s power. So Victoria’s ‘pipe’ of backup will all but disappear.

Musk is a master of the deal. If we place the same faith in Turnbull’s judgement on things like new submarines, child detention centre Royal Commissions, proposals to hand income tax powers back to the states and so on we can be pretty sure he’ll probably try to do a deal with Musk. Might be worth buying Tesla shares on the basis of the Prime Minister’s unbelievable ability to stuff almost everything he touches almost guarantees it. Next thing we’ll see the number plate C*1 (the PM’s car) attached to a Tesla instead of the BMW 7-Series.