Throwing another billion dollar shrimp on the unreliable energy barbie

This post from Jo Nova last year is worth revisiting in the light of the absurdity of energy policy at all levels of government.

Electricity bills will soar and gas and coal-fired power stations will close if the share of wind and solar generation increases dramat­ically, engineers have warned after analysing the nation’s ­energy supply.

It found bills were likely to soar 84 per cent, or about $1400 a year, for the typical household, if wind and solar power supplied 55 per cent of the national electricity market.

Also recall the comparison of the Labor and Coalitions policies going into the May general election. The projected cost for the Labor Party plan to reduce emissions by 45% was $500 billion to the year 2030 with the loss of 200,000 to 300,000 jobs and lower wage growth. The damage for the less ambitious Coalition plan was in the order of $90 billion and 80,000 jobs. Neither would make a scrap of difference to the weather. Even the Chief Scientist knows that!

With the victory of the Coalition the cost of the ALP plan may have become academic but it is worth noting that if The Greens had their way the ALP plan would have cost more than a trillion dollars because The Greens would not allow the cost to be reduced by trading international carbon permits. The ALP is still hostage to The Greens so nothing can be ruled out on the way to the next election.

Read Jo Nova daily!

Windwatch to show the feeble contribution of wind power to the electricity supply.

These numbers indicate the percentage of power supplied by the wind at the evening peak over the last few months. As the summer comes on the sun may start to make a contribution at the evening peak but the demand will rise as well when the air conditioners come on at home.
The last few days in July. 6, 2.5 3, 2.5, 2.5
August. 3.5, 4, 5, 1, 5, 7, 5, 14, 17, – , 4.5, 10, 1.5, 6, 10, 6.5, 7, 15,10, 14, 15, 15, 9.5, 13, 4, 3, 5, 8, 4, 4.5, 5.
September. 7, 10, 3, 5, 6.5, 17, 14, 3, 7, 2, 10, 6, -, 6.5, 12, 8, 7.5, 7, 15, 12, 10, 9, 7, 4, 1.2, 2.4, 10, 5, 5, 7.
October. 5, 6.5, 5.5, 6.5, 10.5, – , 10, 8, 4.5, -, – , 7, 7.5, 7, 4.5, 9.5, 9.5, – , 7, -, 4, 4, 2, 10.5, 13.5, 16, 7, 4, 4, 3.5, 12.5.
November. 12.

Brown coal is back. Some capacity is back on line and the steady 3.6GW of recent times is now replaced by as much as 4.2GW for some of the day, stepping down to 3.5GW after midnight.

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13 Responses to Throwing another billion dollar shrimp on the unreliable energy barbie

  1. Roger

    Electricity bills will soar and gas and coal-fired power stations will close if the share of wind and solar generation increases dramat­ically, engineers have warned after analysing the nation’s ­energy supply.

    Engineers…Pfft.

    State politicians know better.

  2. Beachcomber

    As reported by Jo Nova, this was entirely predictable

    The Australian Bureau of Met hides 50 years of very hot days

    “All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and re-inscribed exactly as often as was necessary.”
    George Orwell; Nineteen Eighty-Four; 1949.

    “Oceania is at war with Eurasia. Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia.”
    Ministry of Peace; Nineteen Eighty-Four, 1949.

    “This year has been the hottest year on record.”
    Bureau of Meteorology; almost every year.

  3. Shy Ted

    A bit like the foreign agents legislation, politicans are exempt from reading Jo Nova daily.

  4. Dr Fred Lenin

    Wind and solar are “free “why are we paying for it ? Are people ripping us off ? Wind is moving air are they taxing air? A long time ambition of politicians ,taxing the sunlight too ,whats next ?
    Governments need to keep moving on or people will wonder why they exist , and why they are paying for them .

  5. herodotus

    Over at Jo Nova’s, clouds do indeed have a silver lining.
    Analysis of US Satellite observations over many years has revealed that the warming post 1985 coincided with a reduction in cloud cover of some 4%. Hence the warming.
    That decline halted around 2000, and then rose slightly, hence the pause.

  6. egg_

    Throwing another billion dollar shrimp on the unreliable energy barbie

    More virgins into the volcano!
    Pronto!

  7. egg_

    Is Their Greta the sacrificial virgin?

  8. Squirrel

    This money might help to make things less worse, so to speak, but it’s really just another attempt to please the sorts of dills who are surprised and disappointed by entirely predictable events like this –

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-02/failure-to-agree-on-new-antarctic-protected-area-again/11666014

    “Australia’s bid to have areas of the east Antarctic region — together larger than the state of New South Wales — declared a marine sanctuary has again been dashed…………

    …………..and the aim this year was to win over China and Russia, who had voted against it in the past.

    China and Russia again failed to back the proposal. ”

    Other countries are being very, very naughty – so we must make even bigger sacrifices…….

  9. New Chum

    Rafe when I have time I go into comments at http://joannenova.com.au/2019/11/weekend-unthreaded-284/ and use the search function to check if TonyfromOZ has posted a comment and this week I was not disappointed at #31.1 and #31.2.1 Tony has provided some interesting information that should be bought to the attention of the wider public .

  10. Ms Smith

    Is it true what I read or heard recently, that coal is used to build wind turbines?

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