The Climate Council’s latest manifesto is a recipe for higher power prices and more blackouts. It ignores real-life issues in favour of a dim ideological determination to shut down the use of fossil fuels. At a time when South Australia’s power grid has the least reliability in the nation, the Climate Council wants the Federal…
The State election underway in South Australia is underlining the Government’s intention to continue to “lead the race” on renewable energy deployment. The question is – a race to what end?
Victorian consumers used to enjoy some of the cheapest energy in the world; manufacturers thrived on low-cost gas and electricity. Not any more.
Wholesale electricity prices have been falling in South Australia – a state previously burdened with the highest prices in the world.
While most West Australians have come to terms that their Government is running a second inquiry into hydraulic fracturing – all at the taxpayers’ expense mind you – we were surprised to see that many of the issues and concerns raised in the Government’s Issues Paper have already been detailed in several previous scientific reports and inquiries.
Anyone suggesting the path to the renewable energy future is being somehow blocked by industry or political “dinosaurs” needs to take a good look at the facts, both on cost and the rapid rise of renewable energy.
When Queensland Senator (and former Resources Minister) Matt Canavan said renewable energy was not cheaper than coal-fired power he was attacked by anti-coal activists in social media.
“At last there are glimmers of hope on the energy price and supply front.”
So said experienced and highly respected business and economics commentator Robert Gottliebsen in The Australian newspaper this week.
Why? Because he has detected a change in the way politicians are responding to rising energy prices and the gas-supply crunch facing Australia’s East Coast.