Crunch Time: Australia’s Renewable Energy Rent-Seekers Suicidal After Coalition Victory

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The ‘shock’ Federal election result has left RE energy rent seekers reeling. What was meant to be a Green/Labor landslide – with the promise that subsidies to wind and solar would double and be extended until kingdom come – returned not only the Liberal/National Coalition to power, but left the Energy Minister, Angus Taylor firmly in place.

If Australia has any hope of restoring reliable and affordable power to all comers, it’s down to Taylor.

STT hears that Taylor’s ‘retailer reliability obligation’ (RO) (which kicks into operation on 1 July) has wind and large-scale solar ‘industries’ up in arms. The RO was at the heart of the original National Energy Guarantee – as explained here: PM’s Reliable Power Play Spells Disaster for Unreliable & Intermittent Wind Power

In short, the RO means that, for every MW a retailer has promised to sell its customers, it will need to have…

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Brits Belted: Renewables Deliver Wholesale Energy Poverty – Poorest Families Left Power-less

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RE zealots reckon that an uptick in the number of frozen grannies is a small price to pay for our ‘inevitable’ wind and solar powered future.

As Brits brace for another frigid winter, spare a thought for the hundreds of thousands who – thanks to rocketing power prices driven by Britain’s renewables obsession – will be lucky to make spring.

The elderly, frail and infirm suffer from the cold and, now that power is out of their reach, face a mortal threat every time the mercury plummets.

Dr John Constable digs into the data to show the growing scale of Britain’s self-inflicted energy disaster.

Fuel Poverty and Electricity Policy Costs
Global Warming Policy Forum
John Constable
22 April 2019

Electricity demand in the United Kingdom has been falling for about fifteen years, with consumption in 2017 at levels last seen in the 1980s.

Figure 1: Electricity Supplied in the United…

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Trumping Turbines: Five Good Reasons to Hate Heavily Subsidised & Chaotically Intermittent Wind Power

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You don’t have to be a genius to work out that wind power is the greatest environmental and economic fraud of all time. President of the United States of America, Donald J Trump has been railing about it for years. And he keeps doing so. Much to the disgust and horror of his many detractors. Much of their anger relates to the fact that they have a hard time proving him wrong.

Twitter jockeys had a field day when Trump suggested that wind turbines cause cancer.

Well, it depends what you mean by ‘cause’.

An Australian Court found long-term exposure to wind turbine noise to be a pathway to disease: Australian Court Finds Wind Turbine Noise Exposure a ‘Pathway to Disease’: Waubra Foundation Vindicated

Based on a raft of expert medical and acoustic evidence the court held that that the “noise annoyance” caused by wind turbine generated low-frequency noise and infrasound…

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German Obsession with Wind & Solar Means Power Prices Set To Keep Skyrocketing

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Germany’s renewable energy transition is an unmitigated disaster: 5 million households are struggling to pay their power bills and 340,000 have been cut from the grid, because they can’t.

The push towards a mythical all wind and sun powered future continues apace. Notwithstanding it’s a technical and physical impossibility. Germans happily drain nuclear power generated by their French neighbours and quietly rely upon dozens of their own coal-fired power plants.

The grid and market chaos that comes with the attempt to run on sunshine and breezes has already sent power prices into orbit. And the situation can only get worse.

Here’s Pierre Gosselin with more on Germany’s unfolding energy calamity.

German Power Prices Set To Keep Skyrocketing In 2019 Due To 50 Billion Euros Annually In Grid And Feed-In Levies
No Tricks Zone
Pierre Gosselin
16 April 2019

According to German online business daily Handelsblatt here, German electricity are set…

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Renewables Rejected: Community Backlash Forces Californian Counties to Ban Giant Wind & Solar Projects

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Californian chaos: chaotic delivery, chaotic landscape, chaotic …

Community hostility to industrial wind power is inevitable, when the community in question is the one that ends up with 300 tonne monsters speared in its backyard.

The characters that never leave the inner-city latte zone are more than happy to destroy your rural landscape, your peaceful rural way of life and the value of your homes and properties; it’s a sacrifice that they’re always willing to make.

But, over time, those on the receiving end are becoming increasingly reticent to end up as ‘roadkill’ for the wind and solar industries.

Robert Bryce is one of the few American energy commentators who understands that the only thing inevitable about wind and large-scale solar projects is the community backlash that follows, even in wind and solar obsessed California. Here’s Robert.

San Bernardino County Says No to Big Renewables
National Review
Robert Bryce
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No Dice: Democrats ‘New Green Deal’ Nothing More Than Costly Fantasy

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That we’re on the brink of an all wind and sun powered future is an audacious wheeze that sits at the heart of the ‘New Green Deal’.

Any sentient being, bothering to apply a little superficial consideration, understands that the claim that wind and solar will soon provide 100% of our electricity needs is complete and utter nonsense.

For those keen on an even deeper understanding as to why it’ll never work, here is a very thorough analysis by Mark Mills.

The “New Energy Economy”: An Exercise in Magical Thinking
Manhattan Institute
Mark P. Mills
26 March 2019

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
A movement has been growing for decades to replace hydrocarbons, which collectively supply 84% of the world’s energy. It began with the fear that we were running out of oil. That fear has since migrated to the belief that, because of climate change and other environmental concerns, society can no…

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