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.
South Australian Greens leader Mark Pownall is flying his colours proudly this week: more wind and solar energy, no matter what the cost and what the impact on people.
When the heat was on in eastern Australia last week, there was very little wind. For this reason, wind-power rich South Australia was relying on brown-coal electricity from Victorian generators 1000km away – and they were paying a pretty price for it.
When South Australia suffered its dramatic whole-of-State blackout last year, it was natural gas to the rescue, restoring power to millions of consumers and thousands of bewildered businesses.
Businesses will need to cut their power use this summer or face supply interruptions, despite a reinstatement of some dormant gas-fired power generation, according to the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).
Wholesale electricity prices have been falling in South Australia – a state previously burdened with the highest prices in the world.