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SA Labor Government’s Wind Power Obsession Generates Crippling $815m Bill for Taxpayers

“IN the summer-time lead up to the state election in March this year, Jay Weatherill shipped in 276 MW diesel-fuelled Open Cycle Turbines (that chew up 80,000 litres of diesel every hour).

“Over $815,000,000 was squandered in all: $610,000,000 on Jay’s jets and a large chunk of the balance on Elon Musk’s 100 MW mega-battery (at the time our insiders told us the full cost was over $150,000,000, now it looks like being closer to $200m).

With the highest power prices in the world, South Australia’s economic fortunes look more like a train wreck than anything worth writing home about. Its unemployment rate is rising and already tops the nation.”

WELCOME to the world of energy poverty, care of #unreliables – wind and solar ‘power’…

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Jay’s jets: generate whopping $610,000,000 bill for SA’s taxpayers.

South Australians can thank their former Labor government’s obsession with wind and solar power for their status as an international joke.

Paying the highest retail power prices in the world (with worse to come), routine load shedding and statewide blackouts, and a grid on the brink of collapse, is all the inevitable consequence of attempting to run an economy on sunshine and breezes.

One of the reasons things got this way (and it happened in a bit over 16 years) is the manner in which the useful idiots in the mainstream press pumped wind power, as if it was a sacred gift delivered by some magical and benevolent deity.

In South Australia, the wind cult kicked off around 2002 when its then Labor Premier, Mike Rann started tilting at windmills – encouraged by the boys from Babcock & Brown…

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BLACKOUT Nation: Chaotic Delivery of Wind & Solar Causing Blackouts & Wrecking Australia’s Power Grid

“Resources Minister Matt Canavan said the incident demonstrated the need for urgent investment in reliable power sources. “The system has heightened vulnerability because of the reliance on interstate and unreliable power,” Senator Canavan said. “More investment in coal, gas or hydro would firm up the system, create more supply and bring down prices.”

CHOP CHOP Matt Canavan and the new, less-Socialist ‘conservative’ LNP party.
Taxpayers are doing it tuff and demand action on energy-poverty, not more words.

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Adelaide SA’s unscheduled earth hour – 28.9.16

The chaotic delivery of wind and solar has left Australia’s Eastern Grid on the brink of collapse. The Eastern Grid connects Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.

Reliable coal-fired generators have been knocked out of the game, made uneconomic thanks to renewable energy policies that direct more than $3 billion a year in subsidies to wind and solar, and which give wind and solar preferential access to the grid.

The most recent losses – Victoria’s Hazelwood and South Australia’s Northern power plants – resulted in the removal of more than 2,200 MW of reliable supply, at a time when Australia needs it most.

When the sun sets and/or calm weather sets in, wind and solar power output collapses, like night follows day.

That (now routine) chaos has two immediate consequences: spot prices for power go through the roof; and…

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Australia’s Electricity Markets On A Rollercoaster

“Electricity prices have gone up in the last year because of the closure of the Hazelwood and Northern coal plants, which have been squeezed by subsidised wind and solar. As a result, supply has tightened thus forcing up wholesale prices.

It is richly ironic of course that the aforesaid renewables have benefitted very nicely as a consequence.”

Excellent summary of Australia’s totally idiot man-made electricity disaster…

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

h/t TomO

From ABC in Australia:

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Electricity prices are set to fall across the country over the next two years, offsetting this year’s price increase.

Key points:

  • Electricity prices will start to fall from mid-2018
  • Prices rose by 11 per cent this year
  • AEMC warns of instability and blackouts if new systems are not managed efficiently

The Australian Energy Market Commission said the price drop will happen as variable wind and solar generation comes online, which is paid for by the Government’s Renewable Energy Target.

Nationally, prices rose almost 11 per cent this year, but with the extra supply from wind and solar, the commission predicts that will be offset by a 12 per cent fall over the following two years.

The AEMC’s annual report on price trends provides an overall picture of factors driving electricity prices for households in each state and territory.

AEMC chairman John…

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