AEMO report says sudden loss of S.A.'s two biggest baseload gas plants nearly pushed state into another system black on March 3. Fortunately, wind farms came to the rescue.
Well inside his first 100 days, President Trump is facing a revolt from his core constituency. Trump promised a number of ‘initiatives’, from ‘draining the swamp’ (a reference to the political class in Washington DC), to building a wall to keep Mexicans in Mexico and repealing Obamacare, more formally called the ‘Patient Protection and Affordable…
SA premier and federal energy minister go toe to toe at opening of battery storage trial, in first meeting since Coalition started bagging state's renewable plans.
Guest writer Russell Smith sets out the arguments against Transurban’s proposed Western Distributor motorway in Melbourne’s inner west The problems with Transurban’s proposed motorway
Turnbull's $2 billion pumped hydro scheme paves way for 100% renewable grid driven mostly by wind and solar, and kills any chance of more gas and coal fired generation. It also makes nuclear redundant and turn conversation away from "baseload" power concepts.
Thursday 16 March 2017 The sentence stood out like the proverbial dog’s balls: ”However, industry and environment groups were united in calling for the federal government to provide more certainty though a national energy policy.” You mean we don’t have one I thought to myself. I read on. ”The federal government has charged Australia’s chief…
Here's some more thinking on how Trump (with Bannon's help) could (~will) use social networking to turn the populist insurgency that got them into the White House into a dynamic (or extremely dangerous, depending on your perspective) political force.
Labor gained Kingsely and Murray-Wellington today and is close to gaining Joondalup.
By Peter McCarthy On March 13 2017, there was an opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review entitled Wind and Solar can only win on a tilted playing field. Not surprisingly, penned by Brendan Pearson, the chief exec of the troubled Minerals Council of Australia. Knowing the track record of trickiness from the Minerals Council,…
Matthew Stevens, the AFR’s kindly mouthpiece for big miners, is today promoting a range of very bad ideas that suit his, ahem, audience. The article is paywalled from sheer embarrassment. He lauds the political destruction of WA Nationals’ leader Bernard Grylls for wanting to raise the 25c a tonne royalty on WA iron ore to […]
Why is South Australia spending so much on gas when battery storage could do the job at less cost? And why doesn't it just borrow a gas plant, rather than building a new one?
Alinta Energy - another of the retailer "naughty boys" on the RET - signs contract for output of Ratch Australia's 42MW Collinsville Solar Farm.
A forecast lull in Germany's onshore wind installations prompts Senvion to cut its workforce by almost 20%; meanwhile, in Australia...
The energy sector was supposed to be the showcase for privatisation and market deregulation. Yet competition has failed to deliver on its promise of lower prices for customers.