Roundup August 22

REPORT CARD on the performance of the states on RE.
Tasmania. A+ very good work Tasmania!
South Australia. A. Outstanding effort South Australia, you are a great example to the laggards in the class.
Victoria. B+. You are going well Victoria, keep it up!
New South Wales. C-. A very disappointing result New South Wales, you really must try harder to keep up.
Queensland. C-. We were expecting much better from you Queensland, I expect a big improvement next semester.

KEEPING THE COAL FIRES BURNING. A recent piece in The Australian about a man who seems to know a bit about delivering coal-fired power. Contra to the idea that the coal fleet is too old to keep running. The point is that they will not be closed by old age, they will be closed by government subsidies and mandates that favour more expensive intermittent providers. There is no sensible way forward so long as those policies persist. Are they even on the table when Angus Taylor sits down with the states to talk? What kind of ludicrous state protection for the coal plants will they dream up to compensate for disadvantage imposed by the mandates? What is a comparable example? Imposing an import tariff and then subsidising importers to protect the consumers from higher prices?

Power baron Trevor St Baker has emerged as a second potential buyer of AGL Energy’s Liddell coal plant in NSW as a joint govern¬ment taskforce weighs replacing or delaying its exit to avoid a supply squeeze for electricity users.
Federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor and the NSW Berejiklian government announced the creation of a commonwealth-led taskforce last week to consider extending the life of Liddell or replacing its baseload supply to ensure affordable and reliable energy for the state.
The industry veteran, who part-owns the 1320MW Vales Point plant on the NSW Central Coast, said all options must be considered as part of the government’s review of the ageing asset, including its extension into the next decade.
“We cannot risk another repeat of Hazelwood and in that sense we need to be smart about this,” he said.
Governments, both state and federal, are worried they may face a repeat of the market chaos that followed the closure of the giant Hazelwood coal plant in Victoria two years ago, which contributed to a 40 per cent surge in power prices.
Wholesale power prices remain elevated after jumping across the national electricity market in the second quarter of 2019 due to reduced supply from Victoria’s coal plants and lower hydro generation, combined with higher gas tariffs.
Mr St Baker’s Sunset Power has bid for Australian coal plants on the market in recent years, along with redeveloping operating assets like Liddell and floating the option of resuscitating ageing stations like Hazelwood before their closure.
Mr St Baker’s Delta lost out to Alinta to buy the Loy Yang B generator in Victoria last year and back in 2016 failed to stop the demolition of Alinta’s Northern power station in South Australia after a mooted deal to extend the plant fell through.
A similar plan to acquire the Hazelwood plant from French owners Engie came to nothing amid an accurate warning by the Brisbane rich-lister that its closure would send power prices soaring.
But after paying just $1m for Vales Point in 2015, Mr St Baker is now considering a plan to extend the life of the ageing plant beyond 2029 for a further 20 years as part of a $1 billion injection.
And he says the same logic can be applied to the Liddell plant if he gets the opportunity.
“At 39 years old Vales Point broke its all time-record of continuous operation because we kept it reliable and maintained and refurbished it as necessary,” Mr St Baker said. “If maintained correctly there is no natural life for a baseload coal-fired power station other than when its economical fuel supply runs out.
“That’s the only thing that determines it
.”

A conversation with Roger Hallam, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion. h/t hz housewife. Scary nonsense, grit teeth and pour a strong drink. No disagreement on the science! Impending mass starvation! Someone tell him about Paul Ehrlich and The Population Bomb in the 1970s. No third option.

Jennifer Marohassy on the Reef. Brought to us from the IPA video unit (now everyone is doing it!). Too long for busy Cats but a great resource for people who want to get on top of the science.

In her presentation, Jennifer dispels some of the myths surrounding climate change and its effect on the Great Barrier Reef. In particular, she highlights that the growth of coral in the reef has been historically constrained by falling sea levels.

This continues to be the case today, despite widespread reports of sea level rises caused by climate change. As Jennifer explains, the levels fell some 30 centimetres during the recent super El Nino event of 2015-16. Sea level falls of this nature are the likely cause of the bleaching of the top 30 centimetres of coral on the exposed reef flat.

Of course, Jennifer’s presentation is highly relevant to both our ongoing program of climate change research, as well as the case of Dr Peter Ridd. As you are aware, Peter’s troubles with James Cook University were caused largely by his challenge to the orthodoxy that climate change was ‘killing’ the Great Barrier Reef.

And there is more on her Website

Another very long and impressive presentation from Dr Willie Soon to the Independent Institute in the US. Again it is mostly for afficionados who want to be up with the latest from one of the masters. There is some particularly important stuff on the importance of hydrology and water vapour (most more so than CO2) and you can get that by skipping to about 45 minutes.

Self-serving and misleading rubbish from a Wind and Sun loonie. Don’t talk about the war on coal-fired power and energy security. Just give more money and more power to the people who are destroying the system. Several important pieces from Jo Nova. Tesla in trouble due to Walmart warehouses catching fire! And other things! ESPECIALLY BLUE SCOPE TAKE A BILLION DOLLARS TO SPEND IN THE US! Because our power costs too much! Fancy that! The deindustrialization plan is working!

Good news everyone! Cheap power on the way for Snowy 2.0. Renewable energy developer CWP Renewables has announced the start of construction of the 244MW Bango Wind Farm, to be built 30km north of Yass in the Southern Highlands region of NSW.

The 244MWBango wind farm near will rank as the third biggest in NSW and expects to generate power for the needs of around 100,000 homes. A new transmission network connection will be completed for the project.

“Projects like Bango and the others in the portfolio will help with the transition away from fossil fuelled electricity in the State”, CWP Renewables CEO, Jason Willoughby said.

Support the Australian Taxpayers Alliance push for Nuclear Power in Australia. And why we don’t have it now: The story of the international movement to oppose nuclear power and how it worked in Australia. Hint. Blame the Teachers Federation! Oh, and the international communist movement.

HISTORY. The Acid Rain Story. A massive environmental scare that got into its stride a bit before the climate scam, with the finger pointed at the same target – coal fired power. And the fate of Ed Krug, a brilliant soil scientist who debunked the scare.

During the late 1980s, acid rain was a hot topic. Environmentalists said that it was an ecological catastrophe. George Bush made an acid-rain policy an important part of his kinder, gentler agenda. Together, the president and environmentalists helped push through Congress the Clean Air Act of 1990, the most sweeping regulatory law in history. Some important people had their reputations staked on this legislation, and they didn’t need Ed Krug telling taxpayers acid rain is no big deal.

ARTS AND MUSIC. Fascinating mechanical music instrument!

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28 Responses to Roundup August 22

  1. Suburban Boy

    Speaking of Extinction Rebellion, masters of the art of non-violent civil disobedience in Queensland, why is civil disobedience always a game of the Left, especially in an era when Left-leaning governments are so often in power?

    The question arises from my disbelief that no-one has exposed the identity of Pell’s accuser, to enable information about his credibility to be assessed by a public that is purposefully kept in ignorance about him.

  2. cuckoo

    ABC never refers to coal-fired power plants without the prefacing adjective of ‘ageing’.

  3. Just close all the coal-fired power stations and let the government try an explain why everyone is in the dark, supermarkets etc closed and people out of work.

  4. Fred

    Forget about Nuclear Power – the Taxpayers Alliance should push for lower and simpler taxes.

    I prepare tax returns every day. I could give you 1001 ideas to make the tax system simpler.

  5. Dr Fred Lenin

    Closing all coal fired stations for a week would be the start of the Peoples Revoluion ,heads would roll ,I strongly recommnd guillotines in every city centre for a bit of cleansing of the elites .

  6. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Well

  7. Rafe:

    Contra to the idea that the coal fleet is too old to keep running. The point is that they will not be closed by old age, they will be closed by government subsidies and mandates that favour more expensive intermittent providers.

    What would happen if the power station owners just said “Up Yours!” to the government demands they pay the subsidies of Carbin Indulgences? Is the system set up in such a way to do this, then make the government try to forcibly take the money/shut down the power station?
    If Trevor St Baker were to try this in summer, perhaps it would force the authorities to back down?
    There must be some way to stop this mad rush of the wagons toward the precipice even if it means shooting the lead horse.

  8. Rafe Champion

    I think that would not work because it would be illegal.
    There may have been a time when the certificates were cheap enough so it was a commercial option to pay for them without actually taking the RE you were supposed to use but the price is too high for that now.
    The government could kill the scam by reducing the price to a cent or two so it becomes irrelevant. Imagine this government doing anything like that!
    Alan Moran would have the answer in full.

  9. Leigh Lowe

    cuckoo
    #3138286, posted on August 22, 2019 at 3:46 pm
    ABC never refers to coal-fired power plants without the prefacing adjective of ‘ageing’.

    And they are now following that with “unreliable, and potentially a cause of blackouts”.
    But, but, if the coal stations go on the blink, what is the problem?
    Surely the renewbulls will pick up the slack, right?

  10. Dr Fred Lenin

    Take no notice of the ageing alpbc , it is almost an extinct species , along with the printed media ,they are irrelevant to most people and desparately trying for the attention they used to get . We are probably the last genertion to see newspapers ,tv commenators will expire a little later ,who gives a toss what they think?

  11. mem

    As I type here in Victoria at 6.32 pm on Friday night if it wasn’t for coal fired power coming down from Qld and hydro being pumped via Tasmania three states would have experienced blackouts, NSW, Vic and SA.
    So much for the renewable fiasco. All you have to do is look at the AEMO site https://www.aemo.com.au/Electricity/National-Electricity-Market-NEM/Data-dashboard#nem-dispatch-overview

  12. mem

    That should read Thursday 22nd at 6.23 pm. still have jet lag.

  13. Rafe Champion

    Very graphic figures mem, I mostly look at the other display with the multicolours to see what the wind is adding but this conveys no sense of the mendicant status of various states.
    Each data set tells important parts of the story.

  14. teamv

    Meanwhile the greenies at AEMO released their Energy Statement of Opportunities which forecasts blackouts in NSW and Vic this summer if aging fossil fuel plants aren’t maintained.

    No blame attributed to the subsidies to renewables which mean no one is bothering to repair or maintain their fossil fuel assets because its easier to just chuck in a wind farm and get your money back from Government plus profit

  15. mem

    Working out the figures for the east coast (SA,Vic Tas, NSW, Qld) wind and solar were making up 3.3% of total supply at this time and if extra generation from Qld coal and Tas hydro had not been available then three states would have had blackouts. And more solar and wind would not have helped because they don’t generate when they don’t have sun or wind. Where are the people managing this fiasco?

  16. Rafe:

    I think that would not work because it would be illegal.
    There may have been a time when the certificates were cheap enough so it was a commercial option to pay for them without actually taking the RE you were supposed to use but the price is too high for that now.

    That’s the point, Rafe – think of it as a threat to strike (or at least do some inopportune servicing) what is the government going to do? Turn off their power? Certainly they can arrest people if a crime has been committed, but they never touched unions for accidentally dropping wrenches in gear boxes.
    The owners of coal power stations are going broke under this system – what have they got to lose?

  17. Howard Hill

    @ Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Thorium is a great idea, but aren’t we still years away from actually making it work?
    Probably the ITER, cold fusion rector might come before thorium? I just read a little while ago they’ve made some great progress just recently.

    BUT! According to some lefties at the UN. The discovery of an unlimited power source would be the biggest disaster to befall on all of humanity. This war is just beginning!

  18. Mark M

    Ross Gittins, economics editor at SMH has an green epiphany …

    Recycling is all about being taken for a ride

    “It amazes me that we’ve put recycling up there with motherhood and never stop to question whether it’s the best use of our time and money in the “environmental space”.

    It’s more about feeling good than doing good.

    Nobody actually wants the stuff, so the authorities have been shipping it off to Asia on the q.t. ”

    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/recycling-is-all-about-being-taken-for-a-ride-20190820-p52iva.html?btis

    It’s called extortion, Ross, and, it’s just the tip of your green iceberg.

    Say it with me … e-x-t-o-r-t-i-o-n.

  19. PK

    I know it’s all been said before but this does merit wider exposure:

  20. a happy little debunker

    To be fair, Tassie has been working towards renewables since 1914.

    That is a whole lotta catch-up for all the mainland states.

  21. Terry

    Fred
    #3138299, posted on August 22, 2019 at 4:01 pm
    “Forget about Nuclear Power – the Taxpayers Alliance should push for lower and simpler taxes.

    I prepare tax returns every day. I could give you 1001 ideas to make the tax system simpler.”

    This would be a great post on its own.

    Just a numbered list from 1 to 1,001 (and beyond) would be a great discussion.

    However, there is no reason why the ATA cannot pursue cheap and reliable energy as well (Nuclear or otherwise).

    After all, it is regulation and taxation that makes the essential product unnecessarily expensive.

    And it is the consequence of that unnecessary expense that requires greater taxation in other areas to compensate for lost productivity.

  22. Terry

    “REPORT CARD on the performance of the states on RE.
    Tasmania. A+ very good work Tasmania!
    South Australia. A. Outstanding effort South Australia, you are a great example to the laggards in the class.
    Victoria. B+. You are going well Victoria, keep it up!
    New South Wales. C-. A very disappointing result New South Wales, you really must try harder to keep up.
    Queensland. C-. We were expecting much better from you Queensland, I expect a big improvement next semester.”

    In this case, “RE” obviously means the level of RE-tardation present in each state.

    NSW and QLD, only a C-? They should be ashamed of their performance.

    Any competent and self-respecting government should be aiming for an unequivocal “F”.

    Say no to RE-tards.

  23. classical_hero

    Don’t forget about the ozone layer scare.

  24. classical_hero

    Currently energy is free in Queensland.

  25. egg_

    Creaking, steam network ABC slams coal fired power?
    Da ironing!

  26. herodotus

    Bango Wind Farm!
    Bang goes reliability, stability, affordability, industrial useability.

  27. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    “It amazes me that we’ve put recycling up there with motherhood and never stop to question whether it’s the best use of our time and money in the “environmental space”.
    It’s more about feeling good than doing good.

    Righo, Ross Gittens. A penny has dropped for you. Now just turn your attention to renewable power sources and the need for reliable base-load power.

    Who has been taking whom for a ride there??
    Let’s just imagine for a moment that Tuvalu is not sinking, seas are not rising, the climate is cyclical and very complex and that models so far have created a massive hoax into which trillions of dollars have flowed. What a very different real environment (in pollution control) and social environment (in schools, hospitals, welfare, jobs) we could have if opportunity costs had been considered in the current ‘big spend climatic CO2 feelz environment’.

    Still, Ross, it’s a start. Keep on thinking. Pennies will rain from heaven on you soon.

  28. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Thanks, Rafe, for your extensive round-up of sites. Once again, accessing them all defeats me due to time constraints, but it is a terrific smorgasbord from which to take a bite or two. Given that this sort of feast allows all sorts of tastes, the spread will not be wasted as everyone takes their pick.

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