Author Archives: Alan Moran

Renewables and the damage done: cross post from the Spectator

Here is a concluding extract from a piece of mine published yesterday in the Spectator However, the demonisation of coal and threats by a future government to destroy the value of any new coal power station means a return to an … Continue reading

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Weird times in the energy market

Recent electricity contracts AGL have announced a contract for electricity from the Queensland 453 MW Coopers Gap Wind Farm at an offtake price of less than $60/MWh (real) for an initial five years, with an apparent option to extend this … Continue reading

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Guest Post: The Magic Pudding Electricity Theory

In writing a response to a letter from NSW Energy Minister Don Harwin, Michael Crawford illustrates the demise of the electricity industry’s efficiency with this graph. Dr Crawford continues “The National Electricity Market (NEM) was established at the end of … Continue reading

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AGL’s profits from coal likely to attract special taxes

Just to prove that they are doing something to combat high electricity prices, the PM (and his energy Minister) called the major retailers to Canberra.  Mr Turnbull offered the retailers the sharp end of his tongue, admonishing them for the … Continue reading

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Liberal MPs favouring “marriage equality” undermine their government

Views on gay marriage have changed markedly.  Doubtless reflecting common perceptions, homosexual relationships were considered an abomination in the Old and New Testaments and in the Koran.  Homosexual practices have remained forbidden in most Muslim countries (punishable by death in … Continue reading

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Regulations create super profits in electricity supply – will Governments move to seize these?

Environment and Energy Minister, Josh Frydenberg has assailed the Queensland government for presiding over (if not conspiring to produce) an outcome in the electricity market which has enriched the state government coffers by $1.5 billion (actually over four years). Following … Continue reading

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CoAG energy ministers’ meeting – another step to economic disaster

Here’s and extract from a piece in Quadrant today dealing with tomorrow’s COAG energy ministers meeting. With Australian electricity prices now approaching world-beating highs, tomorrow we have another meeting of the Council of Australian Government (CoAG) energy ministers who have … Continue reading

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Finkel recommendations would complete the economic destruction caused by current renewable energy policies

I have a piece in the Herald Sun this morning on the appalling Finkel report.  Below is an extract and here is an anaylsis of Finkel that I prepared for On Nation’s Malcolm Roberts. Regulations currently force consumers to accept … Continue reading

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Coal versus wind in electricity Investment

Reliability issues aside, in the debate over the flawed Finkel report a vexed issue is that of  costs of coal versus wind/large scale solar.  Queensland’s Kogan Creek coal plant commissioned 10 years ago was offering long term baseload contracts at … Continue reading

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UK election: can democracy eat liberty and prosperity

Cross Post If Boris Johnson replaces Theresa May, the UK will have a Donald Trump of sorts — an advocate of the political good sense in reducing the size of government as a basic principle. That would be a start, … Continue reading

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