Is the Energy Security Board a joke name for the organisation?

Why yes it is. Energy Security Board warns more coal power stations face closure.

Australia’s remaining coal fleet could be forced to close earlier than expected as low wholesale prices and cheap renewables rout generators’ profits, the Energy Security Board has warned, following EnergyAustralia’s decision to shut Victoria’s Yallourn coal plant four years early.

Coal generators including Trevor St Baker’s Vales Point in NSW, Queensland’s largest power station Gladstone and Alinta Energy’s Loy Yang B in Victoria are all viewed as contenders for early closure by ­analysts.

ESB chair Kerry Schott said marginal coal plants faced a decision on whether to pull the pin early.

Let me therefore take you to the comments section. In order of Most Liked First.

How can the ESB still be chaired by someone who has done their best to make energy supply INSECURE through her unceasing advocacy of solar and wind as the country’s future?

We are entrusting our nation’s energy security future to Kerry Schott? Ummm…… Why?

Goldman saachs said it “ADVERSE POLICY SETTINGS”! The freemarket sprinkled with fairydust and bs to make it look like renewables are cheaper yet as noted in the comments below. Your power price keep going up, not down. What a joke. Its time for the politicians to put an electrical engineer in charge instead of green beurocratic bean counters. Kerry schoot, ceo of the energy security board : Has a bachelor of arts degree and was the governments representative that oversaw the sale of vales point for $1m in 2015. Meanwhile, the two lucky owners of vales point pocketed a $62m fy dividend in 2020 and currently value the plant as an assett at $220m, closing it in 2029. The wrong person for the job.

So…Governments federal and state abrogating their responsibilities to the citizenry. You’ve sold us out, pushed power prices through the roof and are trashing our future well being. All of your cute marketing tricks and smug smiles are for nought. I don’t trust your ‘best intentions’.

Media and government keep talking about “cheap renewables” yet the more renewables are introduced, the more expensive electricity and everything related to it gets. When will the cognitive dissonance crack through?

The simple fact is that foolish government policies threaten to make these plants completely worthless. Spend money on upgrades or even serious maintenance and there’s little chance of recouping what was spent. It’s an object lesson in how to destroy Australia as quickly as possible.

These so called experts know nothing. They love attending conferences and blab on. One big hug fest. Like Davos. You dare not be a AGW skeptic.

What sort of a market is it where according to the “experts”, the removal of the so called “most expensive” form of generation (coal and gas) and its replacement by so-called “cheaper” renewables, leads NOT to wholesale prices FALLING but instead RISING by an estimated $6/Mwh? It may, according to the “experts” be “basic economics” but its definitely NOT the brand I was taught.

Wake up Aussies. We will be poorer and China even richer!

Last night it was hot and muggy, then the power went off for several hours. There was no wind, no sun (it was night) where is the back up when there is no solar or wind power. This was at night, but what if it happens during the day when heavy industry are shut down because of no solar or wind power. In the meantime China is laughing building more and more coalfired power stations. Where is commonsense?

Take the triple coal taxes off and the power stations will become economical. Simple.

Barnaby Joyce is one of the few prominent politicians who dares to defy the foreign climate alarm confidence tricksters who work against the best interests of Australia. There is no climate emergency. There is no valid reason for outlawing coal and oil and slaughtering most of our cattle and sheep. Look for those who profit from the sale of windmills and solar panels and for those who enjoy career enhancement and regular overseas jaunts on fully-paid climate-alarm business. All Australian political parties except Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party see climate saving gestures as a vote winner although the liberals are not quite as impatient as the Labor/Green partnership. Will the Nationals party under new leadership rise from the ashes and take a stand against the foreign climate confidence tricksters who threaten the future of our nation?

Say goodbye to our Aluminium smelting industry. It will move offshore..China?

California here we come!

The AEMO operates under rules set by the AEMC. They have publicly stated that they will alter those purchasing rules to facilitate the change in direction of the energy market from centrally located coal fired power stations to geographically distributed renewable networks. That is the reason that the owners of the existing coal fired power stations are running them into the ground. Our power systems are heading into rolling blackouts because not enough investment is going into the required firming when the coal fired assets are retired due to neglect.

And that is every comment at the present time. So let me end with this: EU bullies demand control of Australian electricity in order to do trade deals.

The EU has given up trying to persuade Australian voters that wind and solar power is “cheap”. Instead, it’s using Upperclass centralized bully-power in an attempt to force Australia to sacrifice cheaper electricity and hobble its generation network to satisfy the EU totalitarians.

Australian exporters could face millions of dollars in European tariffs as EU seeks to punish polluters

Written by someone at Their ABC

Australian exporters to Europe are likely to face millions of dollars in new tariffs after the European Parliament voted overnight to move forward with a carbon levy on products from countries lacking serious pollution reduction programs.

The vote came after a top parliamentary committee noted concerns about “the lack of cooperation by some of the EU’s trade partners … to reach the objectives of the Paris Agreement”.

Australians installed more renewables per capita than any place on Earth in 2018-19, but that isn’t enough. The EU say we need a “target” of net-zero, (which we can point at and ignore, like most of what the EU does):

Kathleen van Brempt, a key parliamentary trade coordinator, said an FTA was contingent on “a clear vision [from] Australia by when and how they will become climate neutral and by when and how they will phase out of coal”.

Until Australia establishes a new scheme to lower emissions, its exporters to Europe face the prospect of paying additional tariffs under the new Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), which is expected to come into force in 2023.

The mechanism is designed to apply tariffs on imports equivalent to the fees paid under the EU’s Emissions Trading System by local businesses producing the same product.

The aim is to have us freeze in the dark while others prosper.

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46 Responses to Is the Energy Security Board a joke name for the organisation?

  1. H B Bear says:

    No-one understands freemarkets like Goldman saachs.

    They are right though. Ask Bird.

  2. H B Bear says:

    Possibly Macquarie. They love a bit of government interference in the freemarket if it involves a cheque payable to them.

  3. NoFixedAddress says:

    I’m an Australian concerned for the Environment and prefer that all Australian Capital Cities be bulldozed into the sea.

    It would create fantastic fish breeding grounds.

    The kangaroos would come back, eventually.

    Koalas could wander unmolested by human caused fire.

    And the best part is there will be no humans whether black or white.

    Jolly good show and well done Kerry Schott and the Energy Security Board.

    Won’t Point Piper look Pristine.

  4. H B Bear says:

    Bbbbut Australia will be criticised at the UN.

  5. Tom says:

    I hadn’t heard of the Energy Security Board because it’s yet another government make-work scheme (invented in 2017) populated by ex-public service grifters designed to implement and obey the latest Canberra brain farts on the destruction of the Australian electricity grid.

    The dumbest country on earth isn’t game to go the whole Marxist revolution route like the US under Biden as the Chinese Communist Party proxy, so it keeps electing populist LNP governments to implement the policies of the communist revolution, starting with the destruction of Australia’s industrial capacity to clear the path to world dominance for the CCP.

  6. Ozman says:

    The EU say we need a “target” of net-zero, (which we can point at and ignore)

    Just chalk it up on the slate. Use a finger for the exclamation mark.

  7. David says:

    The people making these decisions are impervious to facts and it is pointless using them against them. We are dealing with a religion that views unlimited renewable energy as a bounty delivered by the green god once we have made the correct incantations and the necessary sacrifices.

  8. Buccaneer says:

    The level of cognitive dissonance keeps ramping up, expect to see more cheating in elections in the name of saving the planet…

  9. mareeS says:

    Energy security, what a woke idea in these woke times. I and the spouse had the edifying experience of young days in 1960s NSW, when a single incandescent light bulb lit each room, turned off to save costs when leaving the room; coal provided the heating fuel in winter, and gas as a steelworks by-product provided for cooking and hot water.

    Not kidding, that was a normal Australian home here in NSW in the 60s, along with regular electricity blackouts and brownouts due to insufficient generating capacity until the 1970s. All within our lifetime of 60-ish years, and young whizkids removed from our history think it can’t happen again.

    Just wait. At least some of us have prior experience.

  10. mareeS says:

    Energy security, what a woke idea in these woke times. I and the spouse had the edifying experience of young days in 1960s NSW, when a single incandescent light bulb lit each room, turned off to save costs when leaving the room; coal provided the heating fuel in winter, and gas as a steelworks by-product provided for cooking and hot water.

    Not kidding, that was a normal Australian home here in NSW in the 60s, along with regular electricity blackouts and brownouts due to insufficient generating capacity until the 1970s. All within our lifetime of 60-ish years, and young whizkids removed from our history think it can’t happen again.

    Just wait. At least some of us have prior experience.

    I feel like one of the Four Yorkshiremen at present.

  11. H B Bear says:

    Just wait. At least some of us have prior experience.

    The brownouts are already organised, Now called “demand management”, otherwise known as running out of power.

  12. Angus Black says:

    “Energy Security Board” follows conventional naming practices – precedents such as the Human Rights Commission, Fair Work Australia etc etc abound.

    What would the left have done without George Orwell?

  13. Entropy says:

    The brownouts are already organised, Now called “demand management”, otherwise known as running out of power.

    A key feature of demand ma age net is the brownouts happen more often in rural and regional areas, and least often in the inner city. You know, where green voters mostly live.

  14. miltonf says:

    Ah yes Kerry Scott was someone I had never heard until Trumble brought her out into the open. Been around for decades and decades apparently. Doesn’t seem to like men much judging by publications she was associated with in London.

  15. miltonf says:

    Doesn’t seem to know much about electricity either but that’s always a plus when choosing people to be put in charge of such vital infrastructure.

  16. Shy Ted says:

    I for one will be keeping me and mine warm on the roasting corpses of renewable politicians and bureaucrats.

  17. Wyndham Dix says:

    Clogs to clogs in three and a bit generations:-
    • Survivors of the great generation which fought WWII and returned to build the prosperous Australia those of us of riper years once knew, aided by
    • The silent generation which as children and teenagers endured privations of the Great Depression and the War and with its skilled parents built a near self-sufficient economy, including inexpensive and reliable coal-fired power generation, and affordable homes for generally single-income working- and middle-class Australians, for most of whom marriage was a life-long commitment, followed by
    • The baby-boomer generation which thought it could have its cake and eat it too by diluting marriage with de facto relationships, and started to sell off the nation’s assets paid for by its forebears, followed by
    • The generation of ingrates which has all but completed demolition of what was left of the industrial economy and cheap power bequeathed to it, while at the same time making two incomes necessary for family housing, and for many of whom marriage is only an eight-letter word no longer exclusively applicable to a man and woman for life.

  18. H B Bear says:

    A key feature of demand ma age net is the brownouts happen more often in rural and regional areas, and least often in the inner city. You know, where green voters mostly live.

    Living in places like WA at the end of long, non-duplicated transmission lines certainly doesn’t help if things start to go wrong.

  19. Turtle says:

    Go along with the lie or suffer. Typical Orwellian behaviour from the EUSSR.

  20. miltonf says:

    Funny how eastern Europe seems to be freer and more sensible than western Europe.

  21. miltonf says:

    Speaking of the EUSSR, how come Australian Design Rules for automobiles have been abolished? It’s at Euro 5 Euro 6 crap now.

  22. Professor Fred Lenin says:

    They are depowerifying us slowly so that the punters get used to living in the dark ,we can progress to the 1700s slowly . Its godd to stop using our coal China and India need it to bring their people into the 22st century .
    What an altruistic self sacrificing shower of wankers our career polliemuppets are at our cost.
    You like my new word ,DEPOWERIFYING .
    Depowerify Australia Asia needs our coal

  23. thefrollickingmole says:

    Until Australia establishes a new scheme to lower emissions, its exporters to Europe face the prospect of paying additional tariffs under the new Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), which is expected to come into force in 2023.

    Gee who would ever think the EU would use tariffs to protect its own industries??

    Inconceivable.
    https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy-environment/news/china-says-more-consultation-needed-on-eu-carbon-border-levy/
    Although China has agreed to peak its emissions by 2030 and aim for carbon neutrality by 2060, Shengchao insisted Beijing cannot go any faster.

    China is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases and is still heavily reliant on coal. However, its is also one of the biggest renewable energy producers in the world today, Shengchao said, pointing out that 23.4% of its total energy consumption comes from low-carbon sources.

    …..
    They hate and despise their own citizens.
    How dare they sit in a house with lights on.
    https://chinadialogue.net/en/business/eu-can-expect-heavy-pushback-carbon-border-tax/

    “A border tariff on electricity would have very immediate effects because you would need to prioritise renewable energy both in EU countries and neighbouring countries,” he says. The EU’s energy sector body Eurelectric supports the CBAM because electricity produced by its members is already being undercut by coal power outside the EU that does not pay a price for carbon.

    But…but, we are told solar/wind is free and lower cost than Coal.

  24. Roger says:

    The aim is to have us freeze in the dark while others prosper.

    And they’ll fine you if you light up your fireplace.

  25. Roger says:

    ESB chair Kerry Schott said marginal coal plants faced a decision on whether to pull the pin early.

    Here in QLD, where the government owns the coal generators, they are intending to pull the pin early in order to meet their 50% renewables by 2030 goal.

    Idiocy on ideological steroids.

  26. Roger says:

    Here in QLD, where the government owns the coal generators, they are intending to pull the pin early*

    * On selected plants.

    They know they need to keep some operating to provide base load for the foreseeable future. Southerners ought not count on us propping up the grid if this idiocy continues. Meanwhile, pensioners will be subsidising millionaires.

  27. miltonf says:

    Kerry Schott- brought to you by the Lieboral Pardy. BA(Hons) from Uni of New England. A pissant tenth rate establishment if ever there was one.

  28. Bruce says:

    And, this very Friday morning, we had the spectacle of THEIR ABC doing a thorough tongue-bath of a “brown coal / hydrogen plant in of course Naff Danistan.

    The usual mumbo-jumbo about “TEH ENVIRO-MUNT”.

    Then a sales pitch about their “gasification” process that feeds OXYGEN into brown coal pellets to release Hydrogen. Skipped right past the source of vast amounts of “industrial oxygen” AND that what they are touting is OXIDIZATION of the brown coal so selectively that the oxygen ONLY bonds with the CARBON in the coal and thus releases the free Hydrogen.

    Sounds a LOT like “selective combustion of a Hydrocarbon to me.

    Those of us who still know how black coal used to be (and still is, in some places) processed to release flammable gases for huge domestic use will also be aware of some caveats.

    Furthermore, these “entrepreneurs” propose shipping bulk hydrogen to Japan in the “near future”.

    Good luck with that. The Hydrogen car boosters still have not solve the “leakage problem; the H2 molecule being so small that it goes through rubber and suchlike rather easily.

    I’ll briefly raise the spectre of the “Hindenburg” here.

    Throughout the entire flight to the USA, “Hindenburg” was leaking Hydrogen. The Zeppelin was equipped with a multitude of rubberized silk bags which “contained” the hydrogen. It also carried a significant quantity of water as ballast, to maintain stable altitude. Because the engineers knew that Hydrogen would leak from the bags, vents were built into the upper hull to clear it out.

    When you watch the footage of the Hindenburg fire and crash, you do NOT see Hydrogen burning. H2 burns with an “invisible” flame. The bright flames seen and the billowing dark smoke came from the burning outer skin of the “Hindenburg” and then the fuel for the propulsion engines.

    The outer fabric skin had been first treated with a cellulose nitrate-based “dope” then over that went a red primer whose pigment was iron oxide. The nice reflective silver top coat was basically aluminum powder on a varnish.

    Those old enough to remember REAL chemistry, will have already noted that Hindenburg’s huge hull was essentially coated with Thermite.

    Well may folks like NASA use liquid Hydrogen for rocket fuel. However, a multi-stage moon-shot rocket, launched from a fairly isolated piece of real estate, is NOT an “eco-friendly (spit) suburban runabout / shopping trolley.

  29. BalancedObservation2 says:

    I hope renewables don’t get any “cheaper”. They’ve already more than doubled our electricity bills.

  30. H B Bear says:

    Here in QLD, where the government owns the coal generators, they are intending to pull the pin early*
    * On selected plants.

    Wait till interest rates start creeping up on $90bn+ of debt and see what happens to those plans.

  31. Roger says:

    Wait till interest rates start creeping up on $90bn+ of debt and see what happens to those plans.

    That assumes we’re dealing with rational actors here.

  32. Fat Tony says:

    How many of our decision makers are owned by the CCP?

  33. H B Bear says:

    Nothing like a shortage of cash to focus the mind.

  34. BalancedObservation2 says:

    When a gravy train has so many influential vested interests on board – there’s no stopping it. It doesn’t need a rational case to win the debate.

    Near monopoly private-owned power companies have been gifted a very confused electricity market in which they can charge so much more than the market would normally allow – not despite government regulation but because of it.

    With their knowledge you’d normally think power companies would be at the forefront of renewables scepticism. But with their government manipulated profits they’re now actually driving the gravy train.

    Like all Ponzi schemes the renewables gravy train benefits a very few and damages very many. In this case it damages Australia itself.

  35. Roger says:

    That assumes we’re dealing with rational actors here.

    For example, we’vre recently had this:

    Ms Palaszczuk brushed off concerns about the state’s ability to pay for the [2032 Olympic] Games or whether it was a worthy investment.

    “If we can have a legacy that benefits everyone, I think it’s going to hold the state in a really good position,” she said.

    And this, from Treasurer Cameron Dick, as state deby is forecast to reach $130m in four years:

    “The Budget is in deficit because it is a pro-growth and pro-business budget,” he said.

  36. Roger says:

    Did I write million?

    LOL.

    $130 billion!

  37. Fat Tony says:

    Roger says:
    March 12, 2021 at 11:07 am
    Did I write million?
    LOL.
    $130 billion!

    Million – billion…… it’s all the same to these clowns (OPM)

  38. Andre Lewis says:

    Getting on a bit so a while ago I assumed I would be off this mortal coil before our government (of any party) ruined the economy for the AGW scam and also before the CCP took over Oz lock stock and barrel with their military simply arriving to watch over us. I think I was too optimistic so will be planning a move to another country very soon. Not a western one either because they are all going the same way.

  39. incoherent rambler says:

    How many of our decision makers are owned by the CCP?

    No answers. So I will make it easier on you.

    How many of our decision makers are NOT owned by the CCP?

  40. BalancedObservation2 says:

    If you have a strong argument you don’t have to base a large part of it on a lie. Renewables are not cheaper! It’s a blatant lie!

    But it seems if that lie is repeated enough people come to be believe it as true despite their personal electricity bills more than doubling since renewables were introduced.

  41. BalancedObservation2 says:

    Incoherent rambler

    You just might be onto something.

    CCP gets a free run on emissions reductions compared with the West.

    CCP gets developing nations status when it comes to trade.

    The CCP has the fastest growing military budget in the world.

    The CCP dictatorship is allowed to threaten and attempt to undermine democratically elected governments.

    The CCP dictatorship is seemingly allowed for buy strategic foreign assets at will but bans countries doing the same in its dictatorship.

  42. Cynic of A says:

    Does everyone know that by 2035, 2040 at the latest, every single piece of solar and wind power electricity generation will have to be replaced.
    At present, brown and black coal make up about half the total of generation. The other half from all sorts – hydro, trees, solar, wind etc.
    So, they intend/think that all the present stuff can be replaced, and an additional what? 10, 20 times in plate power?
    I walked out of a cafe in my little two horse town and looked down the main street. All these cars and trucks replaced by electric vehicles in ten years?
    Absolutely impossible.

  43. RJH says:

    Anyone else notice how every time Angus Taylor opens his mouth he tells everyone not to worry about Electricity prices increasing as the Wholesale Price has come down? It appears this clown has never opened a Retail Electricity Account in the last 20 years as anyone else could tell him the Retail Prices have had an upward trajectory increasing year in and year out except for a short period when Tony Abbott was PM. Future generations will wonder how our generations were so hoodwinked by these CC charlatans. By then they will have worked out that none of the false predictions made by the Climate Change Scammers will have come to fruition & be too busy working out how to pay off the trillions of debt we have bequeathed them? Don’t think you will find them building too many statues of our current “leaders”?

  44. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    By then they will have worked out that none of the false predictions made by the Climate Change Scammers will have come to fruition

    The climate scammers have been making blatantly false predictions for over three decades now.

    If anyone with a functioning brain hasn’t twigged by now that this is greatest fraud in human history, they never will.

  45. Harry Truman says:

    The history of earth’s evolution suggests that there never was sweeping warming across the globe. Nature always balances out its energy intake/diffusion by keeping a place warm, another place cooler. Such is history.
    But to fight this dogma of global warming, we have to dig into the truth with the correct research methodology. Otherwise, we can’t fight this distortion of truth in a serious and comprehensive manner.
    One such website from the European scientists (under pseudo-name for some obvious reasons – if they use real names they would lose their jobs), I came to find that has established a coherent policy position on global warming and about the entire Earth science. I think the pieces of articles will bolster our position.
    I would like to draw the attention of yours as well to our Cat friends: https://mariobuildreps.com/earth-science/

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