Rushing Towards the Wall of Blackouts

Planned Chaos in Power Generation

By Viv Forbes

Politicians are inviting electricity chaos in Australia by promoting closure of coal-fired power stations, but also promoting more electric cars – more demand, less supply.

And Green energy is a wild bull in the electricity china shop.

Around mid-day on most sunny days, millions of roof-top solar panels pump electricity into the grid, often pushing prices too low for rational generators to continue supplying power. With booming subsidised green energy, more Australian coal generators will be forced to close.

Demand for electricity peaks twice per day – once for toast and coffee at breakfast time, and again for air conditioners, dinner and TV at night. Solar contributes ZERO to this demand, and the contribution of wind power is erratic. And for long periods, our expensive sprawl of green power lines is also idle.

Check here to see where electricity comes from in Queensland (“the Sunshine State”) OpenNEM: Queensland

When faced with generator closures, the only suggestion from industry leaders is to sanitise coal power with “Carbon Capture and Burial”. This is energy-wasting nonsense, with Zero Benefits.

At the same time the Green/ALP coalition wants to see Australians buying heaps more electric cars. They promote rising demand for electricity, with falling reliability and supply.

The Green Energy Express is about to hit the Wall of Blackouts.

Further Reading:

Kevin Rudd wins the Golden Fleece Award for Carbon Capture Waste: https://carbon-sense.com/2013/05/10/golden-fleece-award/

http://carbon-sense.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/carbon-capture.pdf

The Global Boom in Coal Power: https://www.vox.com/2015/7/7/8908179/coal-global-climate-change

Australia’s Great Green Energy Gamble

By Viv Forbes

Australians took a great green gamble in the recent election.

Green millionaires and other left-wing activists supported slick campaigns promoting a gaggle of well-off women who won 6 seats in the leafy-green suburbs. Being rich blue-bloods with dark green policies they adopted Teal-coloured uniforms. Continue reading “Australia’s Great Green Energy Gamble”

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation: The Climate Alarmist’s Mouthpiece

By Dr. John Happs

“Several years ago, I stopped listening and watching the news and current affairs on the ABC.  I was sick of being consistently fed what I believe was biased and unbalanced reporting.” Robert Onfrey (www.robertonfray.com)

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) was established in 1932 and is required to be politically independent since its charter is enshrined in legislation under the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act, 1983. The ABC provides radio, television (since 1956) and online services throughout metropolitan and regional Australia.

Unlike other Australian broadcasters, the ABC is privileged in that it receives more than $1 billion in annual funding, courtesy of the Australian taxpayer.

Those taxpayers rightly expect the public broadcaster be fair, balanced and impartial in all its programs yet, when it comes to broadcasting evidence-based information about climate change and energy, it is clear that the ABC is anything but fair, balanced and impartial.

James Paterson has noted:

“On both radio and television, and across regional, metropolitan and national programs, the ABC consistently and overwhelmingly favoured renewable energy and treated the coalmining and coal-seam gas industries with extreme disfavour. This suggests the problem of bias at the ABC is endemic across the organisation.”

https://ipa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/archive/IPA-Public-broadcaster-or-green-activist-How-the-ABC-spins-Australias-energy-choices-August2014(1).pdf [PDF]

Continue reading at:

https://papundits.wordpress.com/2022/05/29/the-australian-broadcasting-corporation-the-climate-alarmists-mouthpiece/

 

India and China Coal Production Surge

India and China Coal Production Surging By 700M Tons Per Year: That’s Greater Than All U.S. Coal Output

By Robert Bryce

If you think the world is moving beyond coal, think again. The post-Covid economic rebound and surging electricity demand have resulted in big increases in coal prices and coal demand. Since January, the Newcastle benchmark price for coal has doubled. And over the past few weeks, China and India have announced plans to increase their domestic coal production by a combined total of 700 million tons per year. For perspective, US coal production this year will total about 600 million tons. The surge in coal demand in China and India – as well as in the U.S., where coal use jumped by 17% last year – demonstrates two things:
First, that the Iron Law of Electricity has not been broken,
Second, it shows that it is far easier to talk about cutting emissions than it is to achieve significant cuts.

In April, China announced it will increase coal output by 300 million tons this year. Last month, India said it aims to increase domestic coal production by more than 400 million tons by the end of next year.

Continue to the original article:
https://www.realclearenergy.org/articles/2022/06/03/india_and_china_coal_production_surging_by_700m_tons_per_year_thats_greater_than_all_us_coal_output_835483.html

Intermittent Energy – Wind and Solar

By Richard Blayden

Although much lauded as the future “clean” power generation, wind and solar present serious problems in their unavoidable variation in performance on every time scale.

The extent of that constant variation is hidden neatly (and deeper and deeper) as time-series data are summated into weekly/monthly/annual power generation reports.

Hidden or not, that variation is a serious problem and a major source of inflated costs as more and more “renewables” are added to the grid.

The reality of that variation is glaringly obvious in the base data recorded in the NEM web-site. That source provides a detailed list of every power generation facility connected to the grid together with maps showing precise location and hour by hour performance details over the last few operating days for each and every facility.

The data for solar, wind and battery power is summarised in the link below (click the image to read the full PDF document) and appears to show admirably, the weakness of constant and largely unpredictable variability in both solar and wind power generation across all locations within Australia.

 


Richard Blayden – Founding Member of the Saltbush Club, Engineer, BSc Hons – Engineering/Thermodynamics (UK) and avid blogger in on-line climate discussion forums.

WE CAN TRIAL THE GOVERNMENT 2030 RENEWABLES TARGET RIGHT NOW!

By Dr Tim Fatchen

Now that the election is done, if not dusted, the Government and the cross-bench are committed to huge changes in a mere eight years in renewable power generation. Just taking the new Government promise and ignoring the much more spectacular demands of the Greens & Teals, it might look a big ask.

But it’s actually very easy to demonstrate, in a real and immediate sense, how successful such changes will be. Consider these two statements:

“To meet the climate change promise that Labor took to the federal election, the Albanese government must boost renewable energy to 82 per cent of supply by 2030” writes Graham Lloyd in The Australian (23/5, online).

and

“South Australia is at the vanguard of the global energy transition, having transformed its energy system from 1% to over 60% renewable energy in just over 15 years” states the SA Department of Energy and Mining. (https://www.energymining.sa.gov.au/growth_and_low_carbon/leading_the_green_economy)

Put simply, South Australia, right now, at 60% renewable–and the rest either gas locally or coal from interstate–is already close to the intended 82% of the Labor Government promise.

So let us use South Australia as a full-scale, real economy field test.

If we were to cut SA’s electrical extension cord to the eastern states, and thus cut out the evils of coal-fired generation–SA’s non-renewable being gas-fired–the State would become the practical demonstration of the renewable outcome sought by the Labor Government.

Think how many people this demonstration could reassure. And how “the vibe” could change enthusiasm for full conversion to renewables across the Nation.

Mind you, there are those who would argue that cutting the electricity interconnectors would be an extreme step, allowing no latitude for routine outages, and of course they would be correct: there needs to be some back-up electricity transfer possible. And there are times SA is exporting power.

So we must somehow remove the coal-fired component from any power entering SA. Quarantine for electrons, as it were.

Regrettably, our current understanding of physics does not yet allow us to separate the actual coal-generation electrons from those sourced via renewables. But it would be simple enough just to provide electricity to SA proportionate to that being generated by renewables only, with the contamination of coal generation thus removed pro rata.

To do so would provide such a simple demonstration, that it is difficult to understand why no-one has proposed it already. After all, week-long blackouts are but a distant memory now, best forgotten.

And of course, if against all expectations the field trial failed, and SA were again to be plunged into that forgotten powerless darkness, well, it’s only mendicant South Australia, and another submarine or two to build one day should sort that out.

DR TIM FATCHEN
South Australia


Dr Fatchen is a now-retired consultant ecologist and environmental project manager with research, academic and industry experience spanning four decades, effectively from the dawn of environmental regulation to the present.

He researched grazing systems in arid SA. A biologist/planner within the South Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service, he was a pioneer of National Park planning in South Australia. He was foundation Lecturer in Ecology and later head of the Department of Natural Resources at the then Roseworthy CAE, designing and running some of Australia’s earliest environmental and natural resources management courses at tertiary level.

For 30 years, he successfully consulted widely in Australia with international experience in India. He has had direct high-level experience of most aspects of natural resource management, with significant development and regional planning components. As well as a strong focus on mineral and petroleum development and environmental issues, his experience of environmental assessment runs the gamut of land management and infrastructure development.

Between 1966 and 1980, Dr Fatchen was an active volunteer firefighter on Adelaide’s rural-urban fringe, with upwards of 300 fires attended. He was also active in planning and base operation within the SA NPWS. So he has, indeed, held a hose.

The Bottomless Black Hole in the Great Barrier Reef

By Viv Forbes.

In 2012 Malcolm Turnbull snitched $440 million from taxpayers to “save the Great Barrier Reef”.

In 2022 Scott Morrison promised to pour another billion into the Barrier Reef Black Hole.

Then last week Anthony Albanese promised another $220 million “to save the reef from yellow-crazy ants”.

A million here, a billion there and pretty soon you are talking real money.

Clearly The Great Barrier Reef has a bottomless black hole that demands regular sacrifice of tax payers.

Or maybe the Crown of Thorns Starfish is now on a diet of dollars? Continue reading “The Bottomless Black Hole in the Great Barrier Reef”

Vote Green for More Blackouts

Vote  ALP/Green  for more  Blackouts and more  WASTED WATER

Saltbush Advice on Election Eve

By Viv Forbes

For ages now in SE Queensland, it has been cloudy, rainy and largely windless. No sun electrifies the solar panels, intermittent winds play with the prayer wheels, and backup batteries are going flat. For just a while on some afternoons, wind and solar produce a trickle of power. Gas and hydro try to help, but none of these can bear the whole power supply load.

But even on these gloomy days, our electric lights, fridge, stove, battery chargers and water pumps work. And down in the city (even on still nights) trains, traffic lights, fuel pumps, cold stores, hospitals and lifts keep working.

Check how this magic occurs:
OpenNEM: Queensland

When all else fails in the sunshine state, COAL KEEPS THE LIGHTS ON.

Those promoting “More Green energy” and their Millionaire Mates are supporting “More Blackouts”. Continue reading “Vote Green for More Blackouts”

Barrier Reef Scares

IF YOU WANT TO MAKE SOME EASY MONEY, JUST SAY THE GREAT BARRIER REEF IS ABOUT TO DIE BUT YOU CAN SAVE IT.”

By John Happs

Already, millions of taxpayer dollars have been poured into “saving the Great Barrier Reef” scams schemes. On top of the $440 million the Turnbull government poured in to save the reef that doesn’t need saving, the Morrison government has promised $1 billion and not to be left out, Anthony Albanese if elected, would pour in $220 million.

Dr. Terry Hughes is the director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University which, according to its website (2017), has a funding budget of $28,000,000 over 7 years. Little wonder that the centre wants to keep the “Great Barrier Reef is Dying” nonsense alive and the research funding flowing. Continue reading “Barrier Reef Scares”