Bring back global warming. Please! And more wind.

Thundersnow Rattles the UK as the Mercury Plunges to -9.6C (14.7F) – Electroverse (1)

ANYONE FOR A HOT DINNER OR AIR CONDITIONING LAST NIGHT?

Across SE Australia the wind was contributing 4% of the power supply.

1% in Queensland, 2% in NSW, 3% in Victoria.

And in the afternoon the price of power hit $15,000 in NSW. While Tasmania was importing!

AND A SPIRITED EXCHANGE OF COMMENTS WITH THE RE ENTHUSIASTS ON RENEWECONOMY   For wind watchers.  A sample

  • Well, this one really put a bee in bonnet of the anti-renewables crowd on social media. Their arguments are faltering and spluttering like the old coal units they so love.

    All fossil fuel infrastructure buildout is an example of Bastiat’s broken window paradox. It simply creates harm, and we will have to pay, again, for energy systems that actually add value (ie low carbon sources).

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    Check out “Planet of the Humans” to see the value added by RE, especially biomass!

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    All very well to trash coal plants, what will replace the 20GW of coal capacity across the NEM, bearing in mind the well known “Four icebergs” that the good ship “RE Titanic” has to negotiate – (1) wind droughts, (2) the need to maintain constant power (3) the island effect and (4) no grid-scale storage

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15 Responses to Bring back global warming. Please! And more wind.

  1. Moah warming, please!
    Freakin’ cold in FNQ – 19 degrees as I type this.
    Brr!

  2. Rafe Champion

    You should of grown up in Tasmania!

  3. Mark M

    Most excellent discussion in comments, RC.

  4. I visited Tassie once, Rafe, in summer, on a motorbike.
    I’ve never been so cold in all my life!
    I was camping out as I travelled, and in Tassie I was sleeping in my riding gear, including helmet, boots and gauntlets, inside my sleeping bag, shivering all bloody night.
    Nice scenery, good roads, awful climate.
    Life loves warmth.
    We have bikini girls all year round in FNQ.
    😁👍

  5. John Bayley

    Kudos to your ongoing work, Rafe.

    Having said that, you are wasting your time with the ‘renewables’ believers.

    Arguing with them about such mundane things as physics is akin to trying to convince born-again Christians that Jesus is not coming back to save us.

    The only thing that will ‘fix’ the obsession is a total and utter collapse of the grid.

    Not dissimilar to our fiat monetary system and the debt berg that it has created across the world. That one will also need to crash and burn, totally annihilating any remaining credibility of the central bank ‘wise Keynesian wizards’, before anything better may rise from the ashes.

    If you ask me, the sooner the sh*show falls over, the better, so we can start afresh.

  6. Iain Russell

    I notice this thundersnow event hasn’t been denied by any Warmies. They seem to have put the ‘our children won’t know snow’ warning from East Anglia, 2020, into the Forgettery.

  7. Biota

    The only thing that will ‘fix’ the obsession is a total and utter collapse of the grid.

    No such luck I’m afraid. As with all socialist adventures there was no problem with the idea, it just wasn’t implemented properly. Just give it the Einstein trying the same thing expecting a different result.

  8. Robber Baron

    The new definition of “free” wind power is $15,000.

  9. Rafe Champion

    I talk to them on their sites because they don’t come to ours. They can’t say that were never told. Meanwhile we are working on wider media cover esp talk back radio.

  10. RobK

    Well done Rafe. It’s a fine way to entertain yourself if you have the time. I’m tied up harvesting at the moment so screen time is limited.
    Essentially coal plants were built before the wild load variations produced by renewables. The fact that the old grid is able to withstand upto 20-30% wild perturbations due entirely to RE stand as testament to the rugged design. Coal is hobbled by the RET and royalties whilst RE has subsidies and generous market access.
    The stability and storage issues are entirely a cost of RE. When/if mass storage becomes economic it will work better for centralised generators than it will for sporadic RE. Pumped hydro is a testament to that.

  11. Rob

    Nowhere in that RENEWECONOMY exchange was the huge expense of replacing solar panels and wind turbines every 20 years or so discussed.
    Most householders with panels don’t appreciate this flaw, don’t even understand the necessity to have their deteriorating panels regularly cleaned. What’s more they wouldn’t have even bothered with them if other taxpayers weren’t footing most of the bill. Begs the question of who will pay when life expired panels need replacement?

  12. RobK

    Make that: centralised, dispatchable generators

  13. Robert Wood

    Rob #3680174, posted on December 5, 2020 at 10:55 am
    Nowhere in that RENEWECONOMY exchange was the huge expense of replacing solar panels and wind turbines every 20 years or so discussed.
    Most householders with panels don’t appreciate this flaw, don’t even understand the necessity to have their deteriorating panels regularly cleaned. What’s more they wouldn’t have even bothered with them if other taxpayers weren’t footing most of the bill. Begs the question of who will pay when life expired panels need replacement?

    Rob, there’s no question about this. Maintenance of our coal generators is a service cost that has to be budgeted in, and is factored in to our power bills. But if you can decentralise the power via domestic solar power so that home owners are fiscally responsible for their own maintenance? IMO this is a big reason why there has been a massive push for domestic solar panel installations by the government (via rebates) over the last few years. Plus by doing this, the cost of eventual replacement of said solar panels falls onto the house owner, not the government.
    I’m looking forward to all the cries of anger when those who had solar panels installed beg for more money when the panels need replacement and the government laughs at them.

  14. maree

    We have had some most excellent thunder and lightning and rainpours this week along the Newcastle coast. Reminds me of living in Darwin in November. Yesterday we had a front that was almost a morning glory.

  15. Lee

    Nowhere in that RENEWECONOMY exchange was the huge expense of replacing solar panels and wind turbines every 20 years or so discussed.
    Most householders with panels don’t appreciate this flaw, don’t even understand the necessity to have their deteriorating panels regularly cleaned. What’s more they wouldn’t have even bothered with them if other taxpayers weren’t footing most of the bill. Begs the question of who will pay when life expired panels need replacement?

    Rob, very recently I got a phone call.
    As soon as I heard the words “solar panels” from the salesman, for the reasons you gave and others, I gave him very short shrift and hung up!

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