Has the City of Sydney gone renewable? Plus koala myths and our man in DC – the education of black children matters

Update. Japan before and after Fukushima.

No. The city of Sydney has not gone renewable.

City of Sydney Goes Renewable! _ NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

Have a look at the way RET certificates are traded around the country if you can understand the way it works.

OldCynic 
July 2, 2020 11:07 am
Yeah, yeah… What she means is that Sydney Council is paying a premium for its electricity, equivalent to buying all their electricity as if it were generated by renewables, leaving the nonrenewable power for the rest of us, who pay the standard price and nominally receive coal generated electricity. ie nothing new. ACT makes the same claim and I’d expect other state/city virtue-signallers to do the same.
However what has always intrigued me is whether anyone checks up on how much “renewable” power the retailers sell, and how much they actually purchase. Is it the responsibility of the financial auditors? Dunno, do you?
Taking it back one stage further, is anyone checking that the “green generation” certificates etc that generators sell are sold only to one customer, not several? eg the company sells them to an Australian purchaser, and a New Zealand purchaser, and a Croatian purchaser… etc I don’t know. Maybe someone better-read than me can tell us.

Graeme No.3
July 2, 2020 12:00 pm
OldCynic: Buying 100% “renewable” electricity frees you (or your retailer) from buying the RET Certificates (which would add to the cost). The producer can then sell them for extra money.
The ACT ‘buys’ wind generation from S.A. and Vic. without the Certificates and pays a fixed price. How that electricity gets to Canberra is another question, as it has much distance to travel (losses in the line), no actual line, and there is no guarantee that those wind farms are working at the time. In practice Canberra relies on black coal fired generation from N.S.W. (and possibly some brown coal fired from Vic.) as this is the only connection they have. It would seem that the City of Sydney is using the same scam.
As far as I know Australian Certificates are only saleable in Australia. All the emphasis for
years has been on locals buying from overseas merchant bankers and friendly Mafia contacts.
The problem for Canberra and Sydney is that in recent years the number of Certificates for sale has risen substantially, and “official” demand has dropped as lots of householders have installed rooftop panels. The result has been a drop in demand & price for electricity, leaving Canberra (and Sydney?) out of pocket. I think Shakespeare said something about hoisting petards.

Friday Morning Bonus. Jo Nova on koalas. Boom and bust in the koala population.

And there is more.  Dan Mitchell on the public  school  system and teachers vs black children. Education of black children matters too!

Union bosses, education bureaucrats, and captive politicians are sacrificing the hopes and dreams of minority children in order to preserve their monopoly system.

Even the NAACP has chosen to put leftist ideology above the best interest of black kids.

As did Barack Obama, even though he sent his own kids to an elite private school (Elizabeth Warren also is a reprehensible hypocrite on this issue).

And the Manhattan Contrarian on the way progressive programs keep African Americans down.

It seems that  anti-poverty and redistribution programs already in existence in the US currently run in the range of $1.2 trillion per year – federal, state and local. The $1.2 trillion comes to some $30,000 for each of the 40 million or so people said to be in “poverty” by the official definition, or some $120,000 for each “poor” family of four. With the official “poverty threshold” most recently (2019) set at $25,750 for a family of four, how is this even possible?

Well as the great Peter Bauer pointed out decades ago, aid to developing nations did more harm than good, so what is new?

Somebody check the post-Whitlam spending in this area and look at the results! John Stone and others have done the sums, someone might have a link handy.

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15 Responses to Has the City of Sydney gone renewable? Plus koala myths and our man in DC – the education of black children matters

  1. mundi

    Will ACCC investigate the false claims?

  2. Roger

    Well as the great Peter Bauer pointed out decades ago, aid to developing nations did more harm than good, so what is new?

    James McAuley wrote an essay on that topic – it must have been in the early ’60s – that I can’t put my fingers on just now.

    Was he summarising Bauer’s views or did he arrive at the conclusion separately?

    Whichever is the case, I remember it knocked me off my feet when I first read it.

  3. Nob

    When Canberra folk tell me they’re 100% renewable, I just say, “No you’re not. You’re connected to the same grid as everybody else ” and leave it at that.

    Surprisingly, nobody has contradicted me on that, even if it is a slight simplification.

    I suggest because even RE enthusiasts know something isn’t right about the 100% claim.

  4. tgs

    The City of Sydney has also declared a ‘climate emergency’ which they are using to push extreme environmental standards onto all development applications they are the consent authority for massively increasing the cost of CBD development in Sydney.

  5. Seza

    Electrons from renewable energy are lighter than dirty power ones, due to no carbon footprint, and can be separated by a simple weir system within your smart meter. The weir height is determined by meter-side demand so that there are no brownouts if it exceeds supply.
    Of course, if you believe this, you will be able to be carbon-free by 2050!

  6. Boambee John

    push extreme environmental standards onto all development applications they are the consent authority for massively increasing the cost of CBD development in Sydney.

    With many former city-centre businesses moving to work from home for a significant proportion of their staff, this might not work out too well. If Clover loses the rates paid by such businesses, she might have to tax some of her pet inner city residents. Or even pay a bit herself.

  7. Bob

    When will Premier Gladys do what the 98% of NSW people expect her to do, and dismiss the City of Sydney and appoint an Administrator?
    We’ve had enough of the petty tyrant, that white version of Robert Mugabe.
    More importantly, the city of Sydney is way too important to Australia to be left in the hands of the pea-brains who exist only to operate as sycophants for the gay community – wasting our money. The City of Sydney should become a State Government department of its inner cabinet, headed-up by a Minister for Sydney.

  8. Hay Stockard

    Bob,
    There is more than one female tyrant enjoying unfettered megalomania in Sydney Town. So your answer is probably not at the moment.

  9. Rayvic

    How dare Jo Nova question the ABC’s claim that Koalas would become extinct by 2050!

    She should know by now that the ABC is never wrong in matters environmental, as it is staffed predominantly by Green alarmists.

  10. NoFixedAddress

    Bob
    #3502391, posted on July 3, 2020 at 11:08 am
    …..
    The City of Sydney should become a State Government department of its inner cabinet, headed-up by a Minister for Sydney.

    There is your problem, right there.

    The entire State of NSW is controlled by a bunch of evil inner city Sydney psychopaths who actually take delight in stuffing the rest of the State.

    Existing NSW should and could be broken down into 4 independent States of Sydney, NSW North Coast, NSW South Coast and Western NSW.

    Leave the megalomaniacs faffing around Sydney town hall and ‘State’ parliament to cuddle up to each other and allow the rest of the State the Freedom to get on with it, unshackled from the dead hands and minds of the Sydney corruptocracy.

  11. John A

    The entire State of NSW is controlled by a bunch of evil inner city Sydney psychopaths who actually take delight in stuffing the rest of the State.

    Exactly! Reminds me of the old saw:
    Q: What does NSW stand for?
    A: Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong!

  12. Professor Fred Lenin

    So we can cut Sydney and Canberra off from the grid leaving more power for the other areas? Nice gesture by them to help save the world from the extreme holocaustic urgent climate crisis ,they will be commended at the next international acute crisis extreme holocaust climate urgency conference To be held maybe next year to replace the one cancelled this year owing to the Chinese Biological Virus Invasion ,to the great disappointment of the 30,000 taxpayer funded delegates who were to attend .
    Sydney and Canberra will find out you have to be carefull what you wish for when they are down to brown outs and no power on dull calm days . The public service will not perform with no power what a great idea !

  13. RobK

    I suggest because even RE enthusiasts know something isn’t right about the 100% claim.
    That’s because it’s complete bollocks.
    At best they are subscribing to a system of grid distortion that is incompatible with the existing structure and the cost of change is borne by those who subscribe to the existing proven architecture.
    Absolute charlatans.

  14. Squirrel

    “…ACT makes the same claim…”

    It was amusing to hear that the high electricity usage of the new supercomputer at the ANU didn’t really matter, because the ACT now runs on “100% renewables”.

    Presumably that whizzo piece of technology will only be used when it is sufficiently windy and/or sunny.

  15. Curiozity

    The ACT renewable contracts use a “Contract for Difference” (CFD) contract, where the seller (a renewable generator) gets guaranteed a ‘strike‘ price (i.e. unwitting consumers are forced to pay the difference) when the market spot price falls below the strike price, and the seller pays the difference when the spot price is higher than the strike price (i.e. almost never, because renewable prices are falling and You’d have to be naive to believe that public servants can negotiate smarter than international renewable powers companies). Consumers lose and Green politicians con the electorate with schemes that recover the costs from the poor.

    “100% renewable power’ is a deception, because it is calculated using averages over a period, that veils daily, seasonal, weather and chaotic fluctuations and, in the case of hydro, fluctuations due to droughts for example. At any given moment, it is rarely “100%” and remains critically supplemented by non-renewable power. You can only wonder at why the ACCC allows such deceptive and misleading claims to be main, to dupe unwitting consumers into tolerating higher prices that flow to international renewable power companies. It would be interesting to check the political donors list, in this regard.

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