Ian Plimer on the Australian power crisis

A brilliant talk that briefly and graphically sketches our descent into the valley of Green death. Only 15 minutes.

First they put interconnectors between the states and ended interstate competition in the energy market. They centralised the market under the control of bureaucratic regulators and the rest is history.

The book he was talking about. This is loaded with facts and figures on the cost of unreliable power with the kind of detail that I was looking for to put meat on the bones of my post yesterday about the cost of the Paris target.

How did one of the worlds largest exporters of coal, gas and uranium end up with unreliable and expensive energy? Massive subsidies for renewable energy, gaming of the electricity market and government mandates have closed coal-fired generators that previously provided cheap reliable electricity.

Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther objected to indulgences. Today indulgences are sought as subsidies from consumers for renewable energy generators in the name of the environmental religion.

It has never been shown that human emissions of carbon dioxide drive global warming and the recent massive increases in emissions produced no warming.

This book shows that renewable energy creates massive environmental damage and much of the generously-funded climate science is underpinned by fraud. The end result is high electricity prices.

Warning. Social Justice Warriors at Work! Enjoy your coffee while we still have coalfired power.

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24 Responses to Ian Plimer on the Australian power crisis

  1. stackja

    Ian said on the radio the word ’emissions’ should be banned.

  2. Bela Bartok

    Just got my quarterly gas bill.
    $1,500 for the luxury of running 2 gas heaters because it’s cold.
    This has to be a joke.

  3. .

    “I’m going to have to repeat myself to point out how stupid renewables are. We’re close to small-scale “hot” fusion and indeed LENR (“cold” fusion).

    We don’t want or need solar, wind or any other stupid, expensive and inefficient/unreliable idiocy.”

    http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/19652/lockheed-martin-now-has-a-patent-for-its-potentially-world-changing-fusion-reactor

    https://www.lenr-forum.com/forum/thread/5552-sri-report-independently-verifies-brillouin-lenr-reactions-report-included/

  4. Confused Old Misfit

    Imagine, if you will, a primal scream of utter and absolute frustration.

  5. Bruce of Newcastle

    Classic lies by pollies. AEMO is supposed to introduce competition into the market. But all suppliers have to use AEMO (which is anticompetitive). The market must preferentially accept all renewable electricity generated (which is anticompetitive) thereby forcing baseload coal out of the market when the wind is blowing (anticompetitive). Then pollies enforce a renewables target onto the market (anticompetitively). They lock the gate against coal and gas extraction (anticompetitively).

    Then they complain electricity prices are high. Sheesh.

    And now both major parties are lying that more renewable energy will make electricity cheaper in the face of all the data. Double sheesh.

    It’s a wonder anyone believes any of them.

  6. Fred

    We need to go back to state based electricity systems, with no interstate transmission.

    Let those states that can’t generate their own electricity live in the dark.

  7. An interesting comment here: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/doomed-planet/2018/08/unity-lemmings-party-dies/ and I hope he and the others cross the floor on this issue.

  8. Mique

    Another brilliant book by Ian Plimer, and don’t the luvvies detest him.

  9. P

    An interesting comment here: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/doomed-planet/2018/08/unity-lemmings-party-dies/ and I hope he and the others cross the floor on this issue.

    Yes, and thank you bemused.

    Oz today:
    NEG Naysayers –
    Abbott, Hastie, Christensen, Kelly, Gee, Andrews, Joyce, O’Sullivan, Abetz and Pasin.

  10. Dr Faustus

    We need to go back to state based electricity systems, with no interstate transmission.
    Let those states that can’t generate their own electricity live in the dark.

    In a mature, politically stable nation this statement would be an obvious economic nonsense.
    But it’s not.

  11. RobK

    Here is some indication of the grid being rewired. I was looking for another article someone posted yesterday detailing new transmission planned.
    Anyway, this from https://reneweconomy.com.au/greensync-calls-on-energy-industry-to-collaborate-70645/ PRESS RELEASE

    Speaking today at the Clean Energy Summit, GreenSync founder and CEO, Dr. Phil Blythe, called for the energy industry to collaborate more on the things required to prepare the grid for renewable energy being the dominant source of energy generation.

    In a presentation titled, Getting to Grid Edge Systems Smarter, Faster, Better, Dr. Blythe noted Australia’s fast pace of renewable energy uptake and the need for grid systems to quickly adapt to keep up.

    Encouraging the industry to work together for the greater good and health of the electricity system, he backed the statement by announcing the company’s new Melbourne office will be opening an industry collaboration space for tech companies, utilities and regulators to undertake rapid prototyping, week long sprints, as well as regular industry forums to fast-track integration across the sector.

    “GreenSync has always been a vocal proponent of industry-wide collaboration, and we are walking the talk by inviting the industry inside our company to collaborate.” – Dr Phil Blythe.

    The energy industry has arrived at a critical inflection point, with new energy technologies connecting to the grid at record pace and EVs on the verge of taking off. Tech innovation is outpacing the grid’s ability to keep up.

    At the same time, regulators are trying to quickly lay down the road rules, policy makers are trying to establish the right policy levers to get their desired outcomes, and the networks and market operator are trying to determine how the new system should be governed.

    “What we are seeing now is critical planning still being done in silos when it should really take on a synchronous, collaborative approach for what would be a far superior outcome,” said Dr Blythe. “A great example can be found in the UK, where a regulatory sandbox was established in 2017 to allow tech companies to continue innovating free of concern that specific regulations would stand in their way.

    “We’ve already seen the potential of partnership through our work over the past 18 months on the Decentralised Energy Exchange (deX), with over 70 partners signing on to date. It’s our hope that we can continue to break down the silos and collaborate with likeminded organisations on solutions that will deliver a renewables-dominant grid.

    Leading the development of the deX, GreenSync is an energy-tech company that is pushing the boundaries towards more flexible and decentralised grids, keeping grids stable and efficient whilst absorbing more renewable energy.

    The experiment continues with many hidden costs.

  12. Rafe Champion

    All the jargon and buzz words and not a hint of the cost!!

    Related to that, somewhere by accident I saw a list of all the places where work was being done on the system, mostly in SA, I got the impression it was emergency maintenance but I was in a hurry and passed on without taking it in properly.

  13. Roger

    Just got my quarterly gas bill. $1,500 for the luxury of running 2 gas heaters because it’s cold.
    This has to be a joke.

    Take it down to your MHR and tell him/her what you think.

  14. Rohan

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #2789313, posted on August 15, 2018 at 10:35 am
    The market must preferentially accept all renewable electricity generated (which is anticompetitive) thereby forcing baseload coal out of the market when the wind is blowing (anticompetitive).

    Frydemballs doubled down on this yesterday in an interview shown on Sky. So he wants market assurity but only when renewballs are preferred over everything else. FMD, the LNP have gone complete Bolshie.

    But what I don’t understand is that the AEMO framework was set up by a group of consultants including Alan Moran. Where has the framework deviated from the original intent of AEMO? Alan did mention that it’s been 20 years of state and federal government interference to “improve” it to where we now stand. But who are the culprits and what did they each add to the debacle that’s unfolding? These medling cretins need to be held to account. And I mean pitch forks, tar and feathers.

    NADT.

  15. RobK

    Rafe,
    Yes, I also stumbled on what sounds the same as you describe but can’t find it for now.

  16. Dr Fred Lenin

    The rising cost of energy doesn’t worry the career political dickheads and their graspingPS minions , their own tame salary reviewers will give them more of our money to live very well and stuff the providers of the money they purloin for stuffing things up. The aim is when they “retire to spend more time with their families “,the old I’m outa her before they find out about what I have been up to ploy .They either get a one lunch a month “job” as director of a carpetbagger renewables subsidised scam “company “ ,or get a well paid sinecure at the u.n. Cu]ommunist aparat as a reward for implementing the soros (“Schwartz) / communist fascist agenda .
    It’s the old “stuff you Jack I’m all right” syndrome .

  17. gbees

    “How did one of the worlds largest exporters of coal, gas and uranium end up with unreliable and expensive energy? “ – because it allowed a 5th columnist (LordWaffler Turnbull) steal the PMship and implement his green totalitarian agenda. Does anyone really think that he now won’t negotiate an even worse result with Labor to get his beloved NEG through. Both Turnbull & Frydenberg and the LNP wets need to be arrested and tried for treason. I’m F#&king serious!

  18. P

    Anonandon #2789468, posted on August 15, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Hastie for pm.

    Hastie threatens energy plan revolt as PM claims win

  19. Tel

    But what I don’t understand is that the AEMO framework was set up by a group of consultants including Alan Moran. Where has the framework deviated from the original intent of AEMO?

    Three words: RET.

    The AEMO system was designed to trade energy for money, but now they trade in magic certificates instead. Can’t call it “carbon trading” but it does smell very similar.

    The other thing (as mentioned earlier) is that original AEMO just presumed that if you booked a supply price for a 30 minute slot then you would deliver on those 30 minutes at least, however solar and wind don’t deliver reliably, and there’s no provision for non-delivery penalties so they are shifting to 5 minute slots.

  20. classical_hero

    Get you’re indulgences and you too might get to the utopia you have been dreaming of.

  21. Fat Tony

    gbees
    #2789673, posted on August 15, 2018 at 4:32 pm
    “How did one of the worlds largest exporters of coal, gas and uranium end up with unreliable and expensive energy? “ – because it allowed a 5th columnist (LordWaffler Turnbull) steal the PMship and implement his green totalitarian agenda. Does anyone really think that he now won’t negotiate an even worse result with Labor to get his beloved NEG through. Both Turnbull & Frydenberg and the LNP wets need to be arrested and tried for treason. I’m F#&king serious!

    Yep – give ’em all a fair trial and hang them afterwards

  22. None

    Bella I agree with Roger. Take it to your MHR , to everyone of your senators, remove your personal details from it and post a copy on Facebook, write to every media outlet. We reduce our electricity consumption by more than 25% this quarter compared to the same quarter last year but our bill was still more than 25% higher than the same quarter last year. It’s demented. Oh, and we could only reduce our consumption by that much because we had a very mild start to winter this year – effectively 2 months where we didn’t need any heating at all.

  23. give ’em all a fair trial and hang them afterwards

    second that

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