energy bubble, busting out …

The Citizens Electoral Council explains Australia’s electricity market, and how it’s doomed to failure if it follows South Australia’s example:

South Australia’s electricity crisis is a green market failure

Australia must scrap the delusional Renewable Energy Target (RET), the National Electricity Market, and electricity privatisation, or follow guinea-pig state South Australia into an energy disaster that harms vulnerable people and productive industries alike. South Australia is now suffering a power crisis that threatens to shut the doors of numerous businesses and destroy much of what’s left of the State’s ailing economy. In just the past three weeks the Australian Industry Group has estimated electricity price spikes to have cost in excess of $150 million. Some of SA’s largest employers—BHP Billiton, Arrium, Adelaide Brighton Cement and the Nyrstar smelter at Port Pirie—have raised serious concerns about the cost of doing business in the State. Many small businesses wonder how much longer they can survive. Welfare groups cite rising power prices as the number one issue being raised with their financial counsellors.

On 9 May 2016 Alinta Energy closed its 544 megawatt (MW) Northern Power Station near Port Augusta, following the mothballing of its nearby 240 MW Playford B Power Station in 2012. Leigh Creek Coal Mine that supplied these power stations is closed and now South Australia has no coal-fired power stations at all.

Spot prices on the electricity market have soared. The average daily spot price in May, according to the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), was $46.82 per megawatt hour (MWh) up until the Northern Power Station was turned off, before jumping to $80.47/MWh for the remainder of the month. The June average of $123.10/MWh was more than double the value for the year prior. And the July average, as of 26 July was $262.97/MWh.

During the 2015 financial year, gas accounted for 37 per cent of the electricity generated in South Australia, wind 34 per cent, coal 23 per cent, and solar 7 per cent. Additionally, the State imported around 10 per cent of its total power from Victoria via an interconnector, to meet demand when there was not enough local capacity—a frequent occurrence when relying on intermittent “renewables”.

South Australia is the largest producer of wind energy in Australia and with an installed capacity of 1,473 MW; under ideal conditions wind power could meet 100 per cent of electricity demand. But wind power mostly provides only a small fraction of demand and on some days no power at all. On 7 July, in calm weather, all wind farms in South Australia produced a miserable 190 MW between 6:00 AM and 7:00 AM. By early afternoon the energy generation was in deficit as the turbines consumed more power than they produced (!); at 2:20 PM, energy generation by all wind farms was -2 MW. As a result, wholesale electricity prices on 7 July averaged a crippling $1,251.86/MWh and major businesses threatened to shut down.

Electricity price hikes are smashing small and medium businesses. South Australian components manufacturer Alfon Engineering’s CEO Fred Moore said power prices had increased by almost 50 per cent in the business’s latest contract. Its monthly electricity bill until the end of May was about $3,000, and last month it increased to just under $4,500/month. “I don’t know how long the company is going to be able to afford it,” Mr Moore said. The 12-month contract will see the company’s bill skyrocket from about $36,000 last financial year to about $54,000.

A Frontier Economics report published last July foreshadowed such problems, warning that if the State shut down the Northern Power Station, “South Australia may face load shedding events and potentially even a statewide blackout”. “The people of South Australia are increasingly likely to bear increased electricity costs as wind makes up a greater proportion of South Australian generation,” the report said.

An August 2014 report titled “South Australian Disconnection Project”, prepared by public-policy consultancy Urbis for the South Australian Council of Social Service, highlighted the crisis even at that time: “South Australia has the highest rate of disconnection from electricity in Australia. The disconnection rate is increasing, and the number of residential electricity disconnections in South Australia has more than doubled in the last four years.”

The Renewable Energy Target—implemented by the Howard government on April Fools’ Day of 2001—that compels electricity companies to purchase expensive “renewables”, must be scrapped. Electricity generation and the distribution network must be returned to public ownership. Even Australian Competition and Consumer Commission boss Rod Sims now admits what most Australians have always known: electricity privatisation is a disaster. State-run power stations delivered cheap reliable electricity not subject to market manipulation; we must restore this proven model, and invest in generation capacity that exceeds demand. Then we will never risk running short, and will have surplus power to accommodate industrial expansion. Click here to recommend this to your friends

The Clean Energy Council is delusional, says Warwick Hughes.

[…] Moving on I see the CEC is still in existence – and have a new report out “Time for honest discussion about energy in South Australia”. At first glance looks a shocker too. They claim ” There is a very strong correlation between wholesale electricity and gas prices in South Australia.”
I would say – Post the closure of coal generation on 9 May 2016 – and at times of poor wind output – gas generation and imports are relied upon to meet demand. Increasing gas consumption in electricity generation will have a consequence of putting upward pressure on gas prices. Not the other way around as CEC claims.

Just watch out for the CEC and CEC difference. Clean Energy Council which is not the Citizens Electoral Council

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drinking The Guardian’s kool-ade …

So funny, I just had to post this. Don’t they realize it takes a lot of power to make stuff, mine it, process it, manufacture the parts, then to build it and ship it? I guess that they don’t, or they wouldn’t print this stuff with a straight face. Then ten years later, do it all over again. I’m sticking with cheaper CO2 belching gas! My trees and the wildlife prefer that.

As early as 2018, solar could be economically viable to power big cities. By 2040 over half of all electricity may be generated in the same place it’s used.…|By Giles Parkinson

Tell that to South Australians.

I have removed the shares and comment’s names to prevent some friend’s embarrassment. They haven’t been here either, which shows how pathetic wind and solar really are, not just parroting the Guardian’s regular nonsense. No wonder they lost so much money.

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Guardian financial losses balloon to £173m

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Guardian financial losses balloon to £173m. Losses from day-to-day operations were £10m …

Guardian can’t staunch the bleeding

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Guardian Media Group hit with record £173m loss

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Update, The Guardian, overdosing on kool-ade:

Guardian Hails Chinese Economic Problems as “Peak Coal”

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The Guardian is celebrating that according to official figures, Chinese coal consumption fell in 2014. But is this fall in consumption structural, or is it simply a symptom of China’s growing economic problems? China’s coal peak hailed as turning point in climate change battle Study by economists say achievement by…

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the best new discovery to aid indigenous communities …

My long week of field trips last week was the culmination of years of research for a product or products, led by Queensland Food Science Researcher, Dr Yasmina Sultan-Bawa:

  1. Provide a very good income for indigenous outstations and communities with a view to eliminating government handouts, right across the north of Australia.
  2. Help eliminate chemical additives in food products with a replacement from the plant world.
  3. Aid in proving a healthy alternative to artificial chemical medicines and cosmetics.
  4. Plan and implement Savannah Enrichment plantings, to augment the current small wild harvest.
  5. Remove a fast growing weed tree spreading across the north (Neem), and other weeds, and replace with the native trees we select.

The tree species found to cover all these points is Terminalia ferdinandiana, and a few other Terminalia relatives.

Terminalia ferdinandiana fruit.

Terminalia ferdinandiana fruit.

About the size of olives, this fruit has been eaten by people for as long as Australia has been inhabited, but only now is it’s value known b y the science community. Best known as the fruit with the highest vitaminC, Dr Sultan-Bawa has found many other varieties of acids, sugars and polyphenols, from which the new formulas are produced.

Terminalia ferdinandianaTrials have been under way for several years, and the products are available in small quantities from wild harvesting, while our group has begun planting a few thousand trees, and planning much more across the north of Australia.

Here in Broome we have been fortunate to have the (Tony Abbott’s) Green Army Projects involved, removing weeds and planting this species and some companion species to aid pollination.

Locally this fruit is known as Gubinge, and in the NT it is called the Kakadu Plum. More details will come once Dr Sultan-Bawa’s research is published. The Seafood Industry is the first to replace SO2 in preserving prawns by dipping in a Gubinge fruit glaze.

2016-07-19 12.51.49Dr Sultan-Bawa pictured, centre, with some indigenous traditional owners discussing the future of Gubinge with interested parties in Broome. A partnership is being formed between traditional owners right across Australia’s North.

Neil Gower, CEO of Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation, Dr Sultan-Bawa and myself at the Mangrove Hotel in Broome

Neil Gower, CEO of Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation, Dr Sultan-Bawa and myself at the Mangrove Hotel in Broome

The media have picked up the story:

No, ABC, plant species names does not use capital F, but f. Small quantities have been harvested and processed for several years now as a VitaminC additive in processed foods:

Gubinge Powder – Wildcrafted Nyul Nyul – Vitamin C – Loving Earth

Health Benefits. Gubinge is a bush plum; there’s a lot of hype around stuff coming out of the Amazon, Acai and so on, but Gubinge is a really powerful indigenous Australian superfood. It’s the highest natural source of Vitamin C on the planet, and that’s been verified.

A number of other indigenous species are also being scientifically examined at the Queensland University Food Science wing.

Terminalia ferdinandiana Terminalia ferdinandiana Terminalia ferdinandianaThis fruit has also been found to benefit cancer treatment and Alzheimer’s disease.

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gardening on town verges …

My group has been pushing this ‘greening’ agenda in Pilbara and Kimberley towns for more than a decade, replacing grass weeds and bare dirt with indigenous plant species to protect erosion and provide a home to smaller animals, birds and insects.

This agenda is now being followed by town and shire councils, communities, developers and residents all over the region. Images below are just a few of the outstanding improvement that is the result of this. Click to enlarge some images from Broome garden verges …Acacia argyrea Acacia hippuroides

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the tip of Dampier Peninsula …

A very busy time, so I apologize for the lack of posts here. Some images of Cape Leveque, 200km north of Broome, here below, until I catch up editing and writing some reports. Click to enlarge:

Looking south from the Cape

Looking south from the Cape


Looking north

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Vachellia pachyphloia

Vachellia pachyphloia

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Broome fantasy …

Broome has regions surrounding the town that are often overlooked by the thousands of visitors at this time of year. Unless you are more adventurous and know an informed local, you wont see any of this. This is why I like it here. Then there’s a beach of course! Click to enlarge.

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Most visitors end up here.

Most visitors end up here.

I prefer this:DSC01008

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the truth, or what you are told to believe …

Since when do you apologise for reporting the truth? They haven’t yet understood that the more you are intimidated and give in, the more power you give to your opposition conservatives.

Reminds me of the hundreds of times this has happened at the NYT, Washington Post, LA Times and all the rest when intimidated by the likes of the Democrat Washingtonites, Sunny State Governors in the West, Greenpeace, WWF, UN, IPCC and our own CSIRO warmies, over their religion of climate. Wilful blindness too, writes Dr Tim Ball:

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) definition of climate change was drafted so the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) could direct the focus to CO2. It was equally important to prevent disclosure that natural variation in water vapor (WV) far exceeds the effect of CO2 as a greenhouse gas. It likely exceeds it in total and certainly more than any human-induced increase in CO2. IPCC displayed duplicity when they ignored WV until it became necessary to maintain demonization of CO2. […]

How did we get into this mess? At least the light is now being shone on their faces, to see these people for what they really are. It amuses me no end watching their antics play out, before their inevitable crash. Wilful blindness.

Shakespear’s Shylock, and Dicken’s Fagan would be astonished and shamed by these people. Seven trillion dollars of intimidation and shame!

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the banker’s climate scam …

If clean green energy was efficient, cheap and reliable there would be no “funding need” as the market would leap to exploit that opportunity. Instead most leading investors act like they are skeptics. The fact that central bankers are selling it so aggressively says a lot. Perhaps central bankers want to help the poor and save the world, or could it be that the entire financial industry will profit from a fake, forced market and another fiat currency? What are the brokerage fees on a $7T market…

No wonder the Member for Goldman Sachs, and Australian Prime Minister, Chairman Mal wanted to follow the left’s dreamy scam! Yes, Chairman, a scam is a scam is a scam! A 7 trillion dollar scam.

Banks, financial institutions, carbon trading.

Jonova has the story, go and read it all. Also at WUWT

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out the back bush …

Yesterday, after a cold windy morning in Broome, a sunny 25C drive out plant searching in an area associated with a now abandoned proposal for a  Woodside Gas Hub project. A long drive on rough corrugated roads and tracks, the best kind of field trip.

There was substantial cover of grasses, herbs and annual flowering species and a mixed bag of bigger shrubs and trees. The adjacent country showed me a productive series of different ecological plant and geologic ‘communities’. Here is what I saw there, click to enlarge:

Terminalia ferdinandiana

Gubinge Tree, Terminalia ferdinandiana


Nonda Plum, Parinari Nonda

Calytrix exstipulata 4

Calytrix exstipulata


Woodside rehabilitation

Gossypium rotundifolium

Gossypium rotundifolium


Calytrix exstipulata woodland

What once was bare

What once was bare

Gomphrena flaccida

Gomphrena flaccida

Verticordia cunninghamii

Verticordia cunninghamii

Terminalia ferdinandiana

Terminalia ferdinandiana

Opilia amentacea

Opilia amentacea

Terminalia canescens

Terminalia canescens

Then there it was a Pindanpost, deep reddy brown, pindan covered post, courtesy of termites, natures janitor and soil improver.

A Pindan post

A Pindan post


Recovery from fire


Checking recovery from fire on rare Verticordia cunninghamii woodland with Eucalyptus miniata regrowth



More Woodside rehabilitation, Acacias adoxa and hippuroides

Yes, 4WD was sometimes needed, but the tracks were reasonable, a very enjoyable trip.

To see more with these photos, go to where I have been busy for a few days updating photos.

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Just how good is CO2? …

This good, Papaya sensationally increases production by a massive amount.

[…] In discussing their findings, Cruz et al. report that compared to ambient levels of CO2, elevated CO2 increased photosynthesis by 24 and 31 percent in the low and high N treatments, respectively. Plant height, stem diameter and leaf area in the high N treatment were also enhanced by 15.4, 14.0 and 26.8 percent, respectively, and by similar amounts for the height and stem diameter in the low N treatment. Elevated CO2 also increased the biomass of leaf, stem plus petiole, and root dry mass of papaya plants regardless of N treatment, leading to total dry mass enhancements of 56.6 percent in the high N treatments and 64.1 percent in the low N treatments (see figure below).

Figure 1. Total dry mass of papaya plants grown in controlled chambers at two different CO2 concentrations (High and Low; 750 and 390 ppm) and two different N treatments (High and Low; 8 mM NO3- or 3 mM NO3-). Adapted from Cruz et al. (2016).

Figure 1. Total dry mass of papaya plants grown in controlled chambers at two different CO2 concentrations (High and Low; 750 and 390 ppm) and two different N treatments (High and Low; 8 mM NO3 or 3 mM NO3). Adapted from Cruz et al. (2016).


Cruz et al. also report that “significant, but minor, differences were observed in total N content (leaf plus stem + petiole plus roots) between plants grown at different CO2 concentrations, but the same N levels.” Consequently, plant Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) – the amount of carbon fixed per N unit – was around 40 percent greater in the CO2-enriched environments, regardless of the N level in the soil.

Commenting on their findings, Cruz et al. write that contrary to some other studies, which have suggested that low N reduces plant responses to increased CO2 levels, they found no such decline. In fact, their data indicate that elevated CO2 “alleviated the effect of low N on dry matter accumulation in papaya,” which they surmised is at least partially explained by a larger leaf area and higher rate of photosynthesis per leaf area unit observed under elevated CO2.

In light of all of the above, Cruz et al. conclude that “an increase in the atmospheric CO2 concentration [is] beneficial for dry mass production of papaya and alleviate[s] the negative effects of N reduction in the substrate on papaya growth.” Thus, in the future, those who cultivate this fruit of angels should find an angel in the ongoing rise in atmospheric CO2.

Nothing about the benefits of CO2 surprises any more. The only surprise is that the Green Left continue to ignore the data, hence the truth.

Check the rest of the story at the link.

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