Industrial Scale Battery Storage of Wind & Solar Would Cause Surge in CO2 Emissions

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Californian carpet-bagger, Elon Musk has been threatening South Australia with a plan to scoop up at least $150 million of the $550 million its hapless Labor government is about to squander on non-fixes for its self-inflicted wind power disaster.

So no time like the present to reflect on just how ‘green’ is SA’s plan to squander mega-$millions on Musk’s mega-battery.

For the record, there is no grid-scale battery storage system operating anywhere in the world; and when we say ‘grid-scale’ we mean capable of storing hundreds of MWhs, rather than the 20-100 MWh being touted by Tesla.

Also for the record, batteries do not generate power they simply store it; the power put into them has to come from some generation source at a cost, they take time to charge and discharge as fast as their operators permit. Moreover, as every mobile phone owner knows, batteries have a limited lifespan…

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Donald Trump’s War On Wind Power: Wind Industry Panics as Republicans Plan to Slash Subsidies

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A couple of weeks back we covered the story of how the Republicans are lining up to slash wind power subsidies to the bone: America Set to Cut Subsidies to Wind Power & Prevent Grid Chaos

And from all reports, their President needs little encouragement, as Slim Jim Delingpole reports (as an aside, STT was chuffed to see that James linked to our post on the revolt against wind power unfolding in Michigan) – here’s James.

Delingpole: Donald Trump Is So Right to Wage War on Wind Farms…
Breitbart
James Delingpole
12 May 2017

Donald Trump is not a fan of wind turbines, as he has hinted occasionally on Twitter.

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Australia’s Renewable Policy Destroying Jobs: Miners Facing Power Price & Supply Crisis

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Australia’s enviable prosperity isn’t due to sunshine and breezes, it’s down to iron ore, coal and a bevy of other minerals including copper and uranium of the kind being gouged out of the ground by BHP Billiton at Roxby Downs in South Australia’s North (see above).

How long Australia maintains its wealth is down to energy and what happens next. Its renewable policy has destroyed once reliable and affordable supplies and those in charge of the businesses that critically depend on such a supply are besides themselves with frustration and anxiety.

One of them is Glencore’s Peter Freyberg. We’ll hand over to Eric Worrall for a pointed introduction and then to the AFR for a warning that may have come all too late.

Multinational Warning: Australia Has Passed a Renewable Energy “Tipping Point”
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Eric Worrall
9 May 2017

Multinational Mining Giant Glencore has warned of job…

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Kiwi Community Backlash Forces Wind Farm Shutdown & Gets All New Noise Rules

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Kiwis in full-flight: 28th Maori Battalion, Egypt 1941.

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Kiwis fight.

And we are not talking about the dowdy little flightless birds that scurry about on the forest floor at night.

The Maori are a people who fought their British colonists to a standstill in the early 19th century and forced upon them the Treaty of Waitangi, which enshrined terms the envy of every indigenous people who ever found themselves at the pointy end of European colonisation.

That fighting spirit is shared by Kiwis of all denominations. A never-say-die spirit exhibited a century ago alongside their Australian cousins on the beaches of Gallipoli, the deserts of the Middle East and in the fields of France, the boys in the lemon-squeezer hats fought like fury as part of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp, creating the enduring and exemplary ANZAC legend. They did it all over again…

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Neighbours Sue Wind Power Operator – Infigen – for $20m Damages Caused by Devastating Wind Farm Fire

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On 17 January 2017, wind farm operator Infigen sparked a blaze that ripped across the southern Tablelands of NSW and destroyed 3,400 hectares (8,400 acres), hundreds of sheep and cattle, sheds and at least one home. STT first reported on it on 25 January: Wind Power Setting the World on Fire: Infigen Sparks Devastating NSW Bushfire

The losses suffered by neighbours are in the tens of $millions. A class-action just launched by some of those neighbours is chasing Australia’s most notorious wind power outfit for $20 million in loss and damage, with more neighbours set to join the action and add many $millions more to that number.

Wind farm company sued over bushfire caused by electrocuted crow
The Australian
Matthew Spencer
4 May 2017

The owners of a wind farm near Canberra are being sued for sparking a catastrophic bushfire in January, in what is believed to be the first…

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Australia’s Failed Wind Power ‘Experiment’ Makes it an International Joke: Wind Power Output Totally Collapses (Again)

Novelty Energy Fails the Australian people….AGAIN!

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Where the wind industry’s propaganda machine has spent the best part of 20 years trying to reinvent the facts, giving perceived substance to myth and fantasy – what American comedian Stephen Colbert defines as “truthiness”, assertions emanating ‘from the gut’ which are made because they just ‘feel right’ – STT has spent its entire existence setting those facts straight and lifting the lid on a raft of others that the wind industry works overtime to avoid.

The big problem for wind power is, and will always be, the W-I-N-D.

Sailors know it. Kite flyers know it. But, for some strange reason, the wind cult simply cannot come to grips with it.

Australia’s Eastern States, with the exception of Queensland, have thrown billions in subsidies at the construction of a couple of thousand of these things; the embattled economic backwater, South Australia led the charge – and earned the (now infamous)…

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The people always lose with green scheme energy deals

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BY LORNE GUNTER , EDMONTON SUN

FIRST POSTED: SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017 05:14 PM EDT | UPDATED: SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017 05:20 PM EDT

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Wind powered turbines spin on a wind farm in Port Burwell, a town near London, Ont. (Derek Ruttan/Postmedia files)

Call it whatever you like — “green” or alternate or renewable energy. Wherever governments interfere in power markets to reduce greenhouse emissions, the results are always higher taxes and skyrocketing power bills, with few environmental benefits.

The latest proof came Thursday when Ontario’s provincial Tories released secret documents showing that despite efforts by the governing Liberals to bring down Ontarians’ electricity bills this summer, Premier Kathleen Wynne and her cabinet already know that after next year’s election, power bills will have to go up – way up – until they almost double by 2028.

In their obsession with closing coal-fired power plants and replacing the electricity produced at them with wind, solar and biomass (a blind fixation shared by Alberta’s NDP), Ontario’s Liberals have made a series of awful deals with wind turbine operators and solar farm owners.

They have signed numerous long-term contracts to buy “green” power at well over the market value. And they often dump excess electricity at deep discounts into neighbouring states, losses they then pass on to Ontario homeowners and businesses on their power bills.

Perhaps the dumbest of these deals was the Liberals’ decision to convert a coal-fired plant in Thunder Bay to burn wood chips. They made the deal before they checked whether plentiful Northern Ontario chips were suitable to fire the furnaces they had bought.

They weren’t. So instead of using local chips, Norwegian chips must be shipped in. Power from the Thunder Bay plant costs $1,600 per megawatt-hour – 25 times more than other Ontario wood chip power plants and nearly 100 times more than coal.

The same is beginning to happen in Alberta where the NDP government is paying big-time to shut down useful coal plants and ban construction of new ones.

To help cover the cost, the government of Premier Rachel Notley has implemented a $3-billion-a-year carbon tax that has added over a third to the cost of natural gas used to heat homes during long, cold prairie winters.

It miscalculated the cost of cancelled long-term power contracts with large-scale electricity users by about $2 billion. And it will be paying billions in subsidies to utilities over the next decade and a half to cover the cost of shutting generators early. There will also be payouts to coal towns losing mining jobs and businesses.

Alberta isn’t up near the $40 billion Ontario has wasted, but give us a few years.

The documents uncovered by the Ontario Tories on Thursday show that while the Wynne government may be able to bring power bills down now by 25% (through restructuring the long-term costs of “green” power), it won’t be able to avoid fiscal reality for long.

While average monthly power bills in Ontario may come down to around $123 a month this summer, by 2028 they will have spiked again to $215.

Another issue is that all this suffering and sacrifice (rising power costs will eliminate tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs) is doing nothing environmentally.

All these billions are being spent to eliminate about 7 megawatts of “installed capacity” in Ontario and about 6.5 megawatts of coal in Alberta.

That sounds like a lot, but consider that China has installed coal-fired capacity of 940,000 megawatts according to its National Energy Agency. And by 2030, that amount will have risen to 1.3 million megawatts.

It’s true China has recently announced it will scale back its coal-plant building plans, but it will still be adding over 500 megawatts a week for the next 13 years, while Ontario and Alberta are beggaring their economies and future generations over a mere 13.5 megawatts.

Does anyone, other than environmentalists (and Liberal and NDP premiers), think all that money and pain will save the planet?