Volt Wars: Why Your Neighbour’s Solar Panels Are Cooking Your Computer & Blowing Your Lightglobes, Etc


Electricity generation started off as an extension of science. These days, it’s all about vanity and virtue signalling. Not least those millions of shiny solar panels, which we’ve all helped subsidise – to allow our neighbours to bask in their own virtuous glow.

At the theoretical level – when the sun is up and the sky is cloud free – solar panels are generating electricity around 6.5 hours a day (on average). During their most virtuous cycle, they’re dispatching power back into the grid, and reducing their owner’s power bills (attracting feed in tariffs multiples greater than the value of the electricity itself – initially some states were paying figures in the order of $540 per MWh – coal-fired power costs less than $40).

Those without panels pick up the tab for the subsidies gifted to their neighbours (whether in the form of feed in tariffs or renewable energy certificates)…

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Silent Killer: Why Wind Turbine Infrasound Causes Serious Health Problems for Wind Farm Neighbours


These things are a constant source of misery for way too many.

Evidence proving the unnecessary harm done to wind farm neighbours by wind turbine noise mounts by the day: Germany’s Max Planck Institute has identified sub-audible infrasound as the cause of stress, sleep disruption and more (see our post here); and a Swedish group have shown that it’s the pulsing nature of low-frequency wind turbine noise  (‘amplitude modulation’) that is responsible for sleep problems in those forced to live with it (see our post here).

STT recently reported on the German government’s efforts to erase data that shows residents are exposed to levels of wind turbine infrasound dangerous to health.

No doubt wary of the inevitable raft of litigation – that will cost it hundreds of €millions – and faced with mounting evidence of the obvious connection between exposure to low-frequency wind turbine noise and infrasound and…

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Road to Nowhere: Wind Power’s Pathetic Performance Continues All Across Europe


Dead-calm weather is NOT news!

With the wind always blowing somewhere, it’s claimed that if turbines are spread far and wide, there’ll be a constant supply of wind ‘energy’. Except whole countries and indeed vast tracts of whole continents face dead-calm weather on a routine and regular basis.

South-eastern Australia is home to 5,000MW of wind power capacity, spread across four states (NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia), which often struggle to produce more than 5% of that figure for hours, and sometimes days on end.

The same phenomena applies right across Western Europe, as detailed by Roger Andrews below.

Quantifying wind surpluses and deficits in Western Europe
Energy Matters
Roger Andrews
7 November 2018

This posts updates my January 2015 Wind blowing nowhere post using 2016 rather than 2013 data. The 2016 data show the same features as the 2013 data, with high and low wind conditions extending…

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Wrecking Ball: Labor’s 50% RET Guarantees Wholesale Economic Destruction


Bill Shorten: economic wrecking ball in waiting.

Anyone wanting to understand what a 50% RET can do to an economy, look no further than South Australia. Once upon a time, thanks to cheap and reliable coal-fired power, it was a manufacturing heartland.

In the 1970s, Adelaide was home to 2 (General Motors Holden and Chrysler – taken over by Mitsubishi in 1977) of the 5 motor manufacturers building cars in Australia at the time (the others being Ford, Leyland and Nissan).  Adelaide also hosted a raft of components manufacturers, making tyres (Uniroyal – later Bridgestone), mag wheels and rims (ROH) and shock absorbers (Monroe-Wylie) – employing thousands. At their peak, Holden and Chrysler employed over 11,000 between them. South Australia also supported manufacturers producing textiles, furniture, white goods and a whole range of other products.

Back then, South Australian businesses provided meaningful jobs for a predominantly working-class population centred in…

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Bill Shorten’s ALP: Loves Subsidising Chaotic Wind & Solar/Hates Real Industry & Real Jobs


Nyrstar’s Pt Pirie Smelter: Bill Shorten’s economic wrecking ball awaits.

Australia was once an energy superpower, supporting mining, mineral processing, manufacturing and energy-intensive agriculture (think irrigators, dairies, aquaculture and horticulture). Pretty soon, if Bill Shorten’s Labor Party gets anywhere near the controls, power prices will be driven to astronomical levels and those industries driven out of existence. Hundreds of thousands of well-paid, meaningful jobs are under threat.

And this from what was once called the ‘Worker’s Party’.

Sure, there’s an aspect of infantile ideology driving this.

Witness the climate cult’s cynical indoctrination of four-year-old kindy kids, last week forcing them and their older siblings to march in the streets, placards in their tiny little hands.

Mum says I can have my Lego back as soon as I can read it.

Instead of worrying about My Little Pony and Lego, little Leopolds and Clemmies are being brainwashed about carbon dioxide…

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Never Economic, Never Competitive: Wind Industry Built on Lies & Runs on Subsidies


The wind industry has been firmly attached the subsidy teat for more than 30 years. Talk about being competitive with conventional generators is patent nonsense: cut the subsidies and this so-called ‘industry’ would disappear in a heartbeat.

Whether it’s in Western Victoria, South Australia or in the midwest of the USA, wind power is always and everywhere about massive and endless subsidies.

Janna Swanson and her husband, Paul, live in Clay County, Iowa and farm together in both Clay and Palo Alto Counties. Janna is the president of the Coalition for Rural Property Rights, a large statewide grassroots group of farmers, residents and landowners standing against the onslaught of industrial wind in Iowa. She is also a board member of National Wind Watch and a member of the Preservation of Rural Iowa Alliance.

PTC still going strong
National Wind Watch
Janna Swanson
20 October 2018

In the political debates recently…

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Deutschland’s Death Spiral: Germany Can’t Control Runaway Cost of ‘Green’ Energy ‘Transition’


When energy policy is driven by ideology, rather than engineering, physics and economics, expect mixed results. Unmitigated disasters, like Australia’s wind and solar capital, South Australia are just the most obvious examples of what happens when lunatics take charge of the asylum.

Germany is right up there, too. With rocketing power prices and a grid on the brink of collapse (just like South Australia) Germany’s inevitable ‘transition’ from all wind and sun powered future (aka the Energiewende) has slammed into reality.

Attempting to run on sunshine and breezes is an attempt to turn pure chaos into order. As Germans are now learning, tackling that chaos has a price: and the price is staggering.

Here’s Dr John Constable detailing the latest on Deutschland’s self-inflicted death spiral.

Has the Cost of Germany’s Energiewende Entered a Critical Phase?
Dr John Constable
The Global Warming Policy Forum
8 November 2018

Electricity system management costs in…

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