Category Archives: Global warming and climate change policy

Windwatch for the week 26 June to July 2

To reduce the load on the server Windwatch will not be posted daily. It will be updated regularly with a comment in the open thread to signal when it is done. At dinnertime this evening Wind recovered from 13% of … Continue reading

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Windwatch 25 June. Business as usual. 2% from Wind & Other at dinnertime

This looks like a seven days in a row when Wind and Other contributed about 2% to the dinnertime peak of demand. Wind is running about 9% of plated capacity across the country but in the blessed domain of Daniel … Continue reading

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Republicans stall climate change legislation in Oregon state

Most amusing. Not the first time, I forget the other state where it happened. The dramatic scenes came after the Republicans had not only skipped the legislature, but some had even left the state as part of an effort to … Continue reading

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The sustainability of renewable energy and the five Es

How do wind and solar power stack up against the five Es of sustainability? Empirical (scientific justification) Engineering Economic Environmental Ethical Incidentally right now Wind and Solar are delivering about 5% of the modest Sunday afternoon demand. Wind is contributing … Continue reading

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Ridd on the reef and free speech

Don’t miss this! The IPA team interview Peter Ridd. He explains that what’s happening on the Great Barrier Reef with coral bleaching is a normal cycle. He tells his story of being censured at James Cook university, but admits the … Continue reading

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Windwatch 22 June. The drought continues…

Wind below 2% of plated capacity after lunch, building to provide a bit over 10% of capacity, that is 0.6GW at dinnertime. Wind and other contributing 2% of demand at the evening peak! Someone calculate the surplus wind capacity required … Continue reading

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What wind? Again. The birds strike back and New York goes all in for unreliable energy

Wind still off duty. Under 12% capacity all day. Unreliables contributing 2% of demand at the evening peak. You can see why the International Energy Authority is predicting that wind and sun will provide 3 or 4% of the world’s … Continue reading

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The three E or triple E test for sustainable energy policy

Is the policy sustainable on Economic, Engineering and Environmental criteria? The North Shore Climate Realist collective is developing a discussion paper on the application of the triple E criteria and the preliminary finding is that the unreliable or intermittent energy … Continue reading

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The Irish National Broadcasting Code

Judging from Peter Campion’s prolonged exchange of letters with the ABC they practice what is formalized in Ireland. A year or two ago Peter lodged a complaint about the ABC providing no platform for people who deviate from alarmist orthodoxy. … Continue reading

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Don Aitkin on thinking about things

Another contribution from Don Aitkin, settled into his retirement accommodation and back in the groove with his column to demonstrate his status as a National Treasure. It was not until my honours year (and I was lucky to get into … Continue reading

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