Category Archives: Electric Power and Energy

German showing the way to the green transition – UPDATED

At the bottom of the post is some commentary on the way hydro and also some kinds of gas  rapidly responded to compensate for short-term falls in the wind and brown coal yesterday (Sunday 24). Prolonged wind drought and freezing … Continue reading

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Do the states have robust plans to pursue net zero?

Have they done their due diligence on the wind supply? An open letter to relevant state ministers, cc to the others in the hope that they are interested. To be sent like the briefing notes of the “iceberg program” that go … Continue reading

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Two views on the green energy transition in Germany

Sweetness and light. Doing it by diversification. It has been legislative action that has resulted in creating historically stable growth for renewable energy in Germany. “The diversification of ownership in Germany’s renewable energy installations is secured through a long term … Continue reading

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The cost and capacity of humungous batteries

Perry Williams continues to provoke wry and disbelieving comments in The Australian with the promotion of RE and most recently the prospect of a billion dollar spend on two new batteries in NSW. Origin and Neoen plan $1bn batteries for … Continue reading

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Wayback exposes the re-writing of climate history + more on energy

On March 14, 2007  six scientists debated the proposition “Global Warming is not a Crisis.”  In favour, the late Michael Crichton, Professor Richard Lindzen and Professor Philip Stott. Against  were Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel of the Union of Concerned Scientists, Dr. … Continue reading

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What is wrong with these sentences?

Preventing power blackouts is becoming more difficult as cheaper but weather-dependent renewable power increasingly replaces coal power generation, endangering the security of supply in the national electricity market. The rise of renewables is forcing the Australian Energy Market Operator to intervene … Continue reading

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Liberty quotes + windwatch

Liberty Quote. Government now penetrates almost every institution in society and through its vast money power has already corroded our federal system and our public debate. Few will speak against the government of the day for fear of loss of … Continue reading

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Trouble at mill! UPDATES. China blackouts & EU prices spike with low wind

CHINA PAYS FOR AUSSIE COAL EMBARGO That’l learn them. Beijing blacklisted imports of Australian coal as part of the trade war last month Some 80 ships carrying $1.1b worth of coal are sitting off the Australian coast Coal prices have … Continue reading

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The iceberg men cometh! Comprehensive critique of CSIRO GenCost study

The CSIRO GenCost study 2018/2020 is being hawked by the AEMO and the usual suspects as the gold standard to demonstrate that RE is cheaper than conventional power. This dangerous illusion was punctured by a comprehensive study delivered to the … Continue reading

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Coal beats wind in Britain during Wind Week

Pity about that. Someone tell them the story about the four icebergs.

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