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!