Which Kerry Schott quote would you prefer?

Kerry Schott is the chair of the Energy Security Board, yet another bureaucratic entity governing the National Electricity Market (sic).

She is the one who has come up with the details of the deeply misconceived National Energy Guarantee that just provides an ongoing free kick to the renewable energy sector.

But she clearly needs to pretend to change her tune when it suits.  Just pick your preferred quote.

I can assure you that, unless there’s a change of technology, there would be absolutely no way that anybody would be financing a new coal-fired generation plant.  So, people might want to see them go faster, but they’re going anyway.

or

All the guarantee does is ensure that there is sufficient power for all customers when and where they need it. The NEG is the best chance in over a decade of climate policy instability to provide a reliable and lower cost energy system. Surely we have all had enough of escalating prices and low investment in reliable dispatchable power?

Let’s get real here: there won’t be any investment in reliable dispatchable power under the NEG – maybe a bit of expensive gas peaking, but that’s it.

And what’s this about climate policy instability?  We have had the RET (since 2001), so what’s she on about?  It has achieved precisely what was intended – an avalanche of investment in unreliable renewable energy, driven out coal fired power and prices have massively escalated.  What’s not to love, Kerry – you want more of it.

For the government – it is a clear case of WRONG WAY, GO BACK.

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30 Responses to Which Kerry Schott quote would you prefer?

  1. stackja

    Another Schott at policy. No change. Political climate getting warmer?

  2. egg_

    Spinning away with hyperbole… when we need more spinning capacity on the grid, obviously.

  3. wal1957

    Politicians, bureaucrats and renewable energy zealots keep digging an even deeper hole.

    The sooner we have major blackouts. the better.

  4. Confused Old Misfit

    Makes you really want to cry. Three self serving, self satisfied individuals iin that picture with absolutley no idea that they are destroying a nation.

  5. Dave of Reedy Creek, Qld

    I would like to know why we can’t have a new clean coal power station or two. are we now so ruled by the communists that we can no longer look ahead for stability for our nation. Sounds like the group think of the green/left/commos has really taken root in our society. No choices, just follow like lemmings….over the cliff.
    Renewables are failing all over the world, but Australia has to go down with the sinking ship. Our trifling emissions scarcely even register yet we are at the front of this grossly money wasting, but money grubbing big green monster.

  6. manalive

    re: bemused at 10:15 am,

    The nation’s peak science agency is recruiting “citizen scientists” to map the way households use energy and ultimately help cut power bills …

    Just like the good old days, some of our senior citizens may be getting that déjà vu feeling all over again.

  7. rickw

    The nation’s peak science agency is recruiting “citizen scientists” to map the way households use energy and ultimately help cut power bills …

    Hey, why doesn’t everyone have a kerosene powered generator and a bank of batteries and we could run our houses on 12V?

    Like we bloody well used to 100 years ago.

    I hate Communist.
    I hate paying their wages.
    I hate their stupid ideas.
    I hate suffering the consequences of their stupid ideas.

  8. Just like the good old days, some of our senior citizens may be getting that déjà vu feeling all over again.

    Or this: http://catallaxyfiles.com/2017/06/23/dead-wood-in-sydney-stop-pensioners-gathering-dead-wood/

    In an apparent bid to reduce the reliance of local residents on red gum firewood — three-quarters of homes rely on wood heating alone as the district has no natural gas supply — pensioners were advised wearing more clothes and opening the curtains would reduce power costs and “keep them cosy”. The offer of an “energy saving” kit was also made: two hot water bottles, a low-energy light bulb, some draught-preventing foam tape and two “snake” doorstoppers.

  9. egg_

    Like we bloody well used to 100 years ago.

    I hate Communist.

    +1

    Kero fridges here we come… again.

    They can stick their Envireligion up their collective quoits.

  10. H B Bear

    The government have done a great job so far. I’m sure more government intervention is the answer.

  11. The government have done a great job so far. I’m sure more government intervention is the answer.

    Government: ‘If it doesn’t work, just try again.’

  12. Bruce of Newcastle

    If Ms Schott was consistent she’d be advocating the immediate construction of at least two large emissions-free nuclear power plants.

    Since she isn’t doing that she is a hypocrite.

    And that is even if you assume there is any actual global warming. Which there hasn’t been this century. That is because empirical climate sensitivity is much lower than the climate activists say. I won’t repeat the scientific argument as I’ve just posted it under Steve’s latest article here.

    If you actually look at the climate data, as I have been doing in detail for the last decade, you will see no justification for even closing coal fired power plants. Therefore the real answer should be to build new ones. They are harmless, and provide the cheapest dispatchable power.

  13. Good job Libs, appointing a Glebe Greenie Granny to run our energy policy. No surprise then that we’ve had such amazing brain farts as BYO energy dictats to industry and ordering retailers to lower their prices.

    The electricity to the offices and homes of every pollie and Canberra public servant should be shut off today until they signoff on 3 new coal powered stations and scrap the RET.

  14. Dr Fred Lenin

    Every day confirms that all politicians areabsolutely useless, and I mean ALL.
    President Trump is a success in spite of the career pollies ,and the voters are weeding them out ,how many republican pollies who have bludge don the taxpayer for years are resigning before the voters throw them out and investigations begin . I would love to head an investigative body with plenary powers ,totally independent of government . My first move would be to double and triple up in existing jail cells to prepare for the rush. Politicians ,government employees ,union gangsters ,carpetbaggers and even a few judges and lawtradespersons, the convicted I sent to jail would be kept separate from the honest criminals ,jail time is enough for them without inflicting the left scum on the poor buggers definately cruel and un natural punishment that .Lots of pollies would go down in history under crimes of the century ,the law trade would of course be kept right out of my tribunal , except of course as accused criminals. I would love my work and recruit staff from Catallaxy of course ,trustworthy people.

  15. John Constantine

    https://www.araratadvertiser.com.au/story/5474418/ararats-turbines-celebrated-on-global-wind-day-video/?cs=1516

    International wind day sees all dedicated Stalinists chanting that the workers flag is deepest red, in front of windmills.

    Comrades.

  16. egg_

    what’s this about climate policy instability?

    The money Schott?

  17. Roger

    …unless there’s a change of technology, there would be absolutely no way that anybody would be financing a new coal-fired generation plant.

    Meanwhile, Japan is building 45 new HELE generators to be fueled with our coal.

    So perhaps it’s not a question of technology but government intervention in our market?

    Just a thought, Kerry.

  18. egg_

    appointing a Glebe Greenie Granny to run our energy policy.

    Looks like a Chief Librarian in charge of the Grid, what could go wrong?

  19. Confused Old Misfit

    Meanwhile, Japan is building 45 new HELE generators to be fueled with our coal.

    And restarting 9 nuclear reactors

  20. Entropy

    These are my notes I made at a meeting once:
    The new line is decarbonisation of the economy
    We are told this is bipartisan policy
    We are told we must decarbonise because our major trading partners are decarbonising and insist we do too or they won’t trade with us.
    We will still sell heaps of black coal to our major trading partners, but must not use it ourselves
    Agriculture will make lots of money from carbon farming.

  21. Entropy

    The government have done a great job so far. I’m sure more government intervention is the answer.

    Yes, that’s exactly right. There is the unfortunate but necessary consequence that costs are raised by the necessary government intervention to decarbonise the economy. Additional government intervention in carbon trading frameworks is the obvious answer to deliver financial offsets and windfalls.

    It’s all market based.

    Also in my notes.

  22. Entropy

    And don’t forget the structural adjustment programs the environment departments will be responsible for for every coal station and mine that is shut down.

  23. Ubique

    The terms of reference for the Energy Security Board chaired by Schott are here.

    The key outcomes set for the ESB are “increased security, future reliability and rewards to customers for reductions in their demand.”

    Note that there is nothing in the ESB’s key outcomes about our energy being affordable. And reliability is something for the future, not the here and now (remembering that tomorrow never comes). Reductions in demand are easy to achieve if no one, especially industry, can afford to use electricity or gas.

  24. Art Vandelay

    From today’s (Socialist) Australian:

    It is nonsense to write that the National Energy Guarantee is an emissions intensity scheme “by stealth” (18/6). No member of the Energy Security Board has said such a thing.
    – Kerry Schott

    These demand forecasts will then translate into an abatement number by 2030 (the reduction in tonnes of CO2) and from this an emissions intensity target will be calculated. It will be of the order of 0.4 per megawatt hour, which knocks out all coal, and gas will be used only as a peaker. The national energy guarantee is effectively an emissions intensity scheme.
    – Judith Sloan

    Who would you believe? My money’s not on the incompetent, overpaid greenie public servant.

  25. Bruce –

    If you actually look at the climate data, as I have been doing in detail for the last decade, you will see no justification for even closing coal fired power plants. Therefore the real answer should be to build new ones. They are harmless, and provide the cheapest dispatchable power.

    100% correct.
    As many have indicated, not building coal power stations is insane.

  26. Pickles

    There are the price signals that The Wong Chap was on about a few years ago.

  27. Mark M

    We’re gonna need bigger solar panels …

    Germany will fail 2020 climate goals, now eyes 2030 target
    https://apnews.com/74399f351e2e438ea2c584328087942a

    Dramatic surge in China carbon emissions signals climate danger –
    With China’s CO2 pollution on the rise, is it time to panic?
    https://unearthed.greenpeace.org/2018/05/30/china-co2-carbon-climate-emissions-rise-in-2018/

  28. Charles

    Kerry Schott’s letter today demonstrates perfectly the incompetence of the public servant. Their main issue is that they are unable to foresee unintended consequences of their policies because they have never experienced risk management, nor have they ever been made accountable for their actions. In private industry those who make poor judgements or cannot make effective decisions get sacked (i.e. they are made accountable), in the public service the more mistakes you make the more you are promoted (viz: Kerry Schott).

    Reading through her letter today it is clear it is full of unsubstantiated claims such as ‘they never said it would be an EIS’, or ‘the retailers cannot game the demand forecasts’. Both these comments and others show a dismal lack of understanding of the real world.

    The NEG is possibly the worse bit of public policy I have ever seen, and in its purest form will result in something like we now have with AGL, whose main business model is gaming government subsidies. Only it will then be on steroids and there will be more players doing the same thing. The idea that demand management will make everything work is short hand for de-industrialisation of the Australian economy.

    The very worse thing though is that we cannot rid ourselves of the Kerry Schotts of the world, we can’t vote them out, and we can’t stop their harmful rent-seeking. This is the one problem that is actually worse than the manifest incompetence of our political class that we are currently suffering through.

  29. Lickety

    Kerosine powered fridges and generators and heaters??

    The laws of physics changed 0n 11 Sept 2001.
    Burning kerosine melts steel now. Please try to keep up.

    \sarc

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