Solar energy is NOT viable: Rooftop solar panel owners could be getting charged fees to sell energy back to the grid – ABC News

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But now, welfare groups and transmission company SA Power Networks have
asked the Australian Energy Markets Commission to change market rules to
impose a charge on household exporters.

They argue that under the current system, households without solar could be
unfairly burdened with the cost of augmenting power networks to cope with the increase of new panels, which is already placing a strain on the network in states with heavy solar penetration like South Australia.

… the state’s grid is already
reaching its capacity to support household solar networks…

Solar owners furious

… But welfare groups including the Australian Council of Social Service and

St Vincent de Paul Society are backing the move to charge people who export power.

… without change, households who cannot afford solar could be unfairly penalised for the cost of maintaining
electricity supply.

Claim: 11,000 Renewable Energy Jobs at Risk in Australia |

https://superforestblog.wordpress.com/2020/06/26/claim-11000-renewable-energy-jobs-at-risk-in-australia/

Claim: 11,000 Renewable Energy Jobs at Risk in Australia

https://ift.tt/3hXrwvc

More evidence renewables are a political economic fantasy, and rely entirely on government fiat to survive.

Superforest,Climate Change

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230,000 Died in a Dam Collapse That China Kept Secret for Years – OZY | A Modern Media Company

https://www.ozy.com/true-and-stories/230000-died-in-a-dam-collapse-that-china-kept-secret-for-years/91699/

By Justin Higginbottom

February 17, 2019

Workers stood along the top of Banqiao Dam, some 150 feet above the
valley’s floor, desperately trying to repair its crest as rain from
Typhoon Nina fell for a third straight day. After battering Taiwan, the
storm had moved inland where it was expected to dissipate, but Nina
turned north instead, reaching the Huai River basin on Aug. 5, 1975,
where a cold front blocked its progression. Parked in place, the typhoon
generated more than a year’s worth of rain in 24 hours.

By the time night fell on Aug. 8, as many as 65 area dams
had collapsed. But despite the fact that water levels at the Banqiao Dam
had far exceeded a safe capacity, and a number of sluice gates for
controlling water flow were clogged with silt, authorities felt
confident they’d skirt disaster. After all, the Soviet-designed dam had
been built to survive a typhoon — a once-every-1,000-year occurrence
that could dump 11 inches of rain per day. Unfortunately, Typhoon Nina
would prove to be a once-every-2,000-year storm, bearing down with
enough force to cause the world’s deadliest infrastructure failure ever.

Chen Xing, one of China’s foremost hydrologists, had
followed the construction of Banqiao in 1952 with concern. Chairman Mao
Zedong, eager to modernize the country, ordered hundreds of dams built, which put people to work,
provided electricity and tamed rivers as part of his brutal Great Leap
Forward. After swimming across the Yangtze River in 1958, Mao penned a
poem about his obsession with dams: “Great plans are being made/
Walls of stone will stand upstream to the west …The mountain goddess if
she is still there/ Will marvel at a world so changed.” Decades
later, ignoring warnings from scientists and environmentalists, the
Chinese government initiated construction of the Three Gorges Dam — the
world’s largest power station — on the Yangtze.

The dam breach caused more than 85,000 people to die instantly.

Xing was one among many who feared the country was building
too fast and too recklessly. When he designed the Suya Lake Reservoir
in 1958 — at the time the largest reservoir in Asia — he was admonished
for trying to add more sluice gates. Labeled a “right-wing opportunist,”
he was eventually fired for being a vocal critic.

According to an account of the Banqiao Dam by a Chinese
journalist writing under the pseudonym Yi Si, on Aug. 8, as
workers stared curiously at the retreating water level of the reservoir,
a voice in the dark called out: “The River Dragon has come!” And
suddenly the dam ruptured, unleashing 600 billion liters of water and
destroying an entire village. By Aug. 17, reports Si, 1.1 million people
remained trapped by flooding with 50 to 60 percent of food air-dropped
into the area floating in the murky waters. It would take weeks for the
waters to drain, revealing bloated corpses dotting the landscape in the
late summer sun.

The government kept news of the disaster from being
broadcast nationally, and there hadn’t been any international observers
present. But when China’s Ministry of Water Resources and Electric Power
released a study in July 1989, it reported that the dam breach caused
more than 85,000 people to die instantly. Two years earlier, “On
Macro-Decision Making in the Three Gorges Project,” a study conducted by
eight Chinese water science experts who probably had access to censored government reports, estimated the number of total dead — from flooding and the resulting epidemics and famine — at 230,000.

Although the disaster is thought to be the deadliest of its
kind anywhere in the world, it’s not common knowledge even inside
China. When the dam broke, the Communist Party’s control of the media
was near absolute, explains David Bandurski of the University of Hong
Kong’s China Media Project. “Generally speaking, disasters of all forms,
whether primarily natural in cause or human in cause, have been viewed
by China’s leaders as highly sensitive,” he says, with the government
loathe to concede culpability.

In the wake of the calamity, however, there are signs of
change. In a country of 87,000 reservoirs, most built during a period of
questionable construction standards, the government has taken a more
aggressive stance on supervision and monitoring for needed repairs.
In 2005, at a seminar in Beijing, officials and scientists agreed to
open the Banqiao Dam failure for public debate and declared that
casualty figures were no longer state secrets. And yet, explains
Bandurski, when a Shanghai-based media company recently produced an
in-depth feature critical of the Three Gorges Dam, the story was removed
from the internet within hours.

From Laos to Colombia, ambitious dam projects are back in
fashion. “There’s a massive dam building spree happening worldwide, and China has its hands
in many of them,” says William Laurance, an environmental science
professor at James Cook University. Around the globe, he estimates that
4,000 major hydroelectric dams are either in the planning or
construction phase in what he terms a “hydroproject tsunami.” What
scares Laurance and others who track these projects? The sense that
China remains relatively less risk averse to potential failures.

In July of 2018 a Korean-built dam collapsed on the border
of Laos and Cambodia, killing what may have been hundreds … although
reliable numbers are hard to come from the Lao government. China’s
People’s Liberation Army quickly mobilized to provide relief. While some
saw simply aid to an ally, other analysts guessed at political motives:
China is building dams up and down the Mekong too.

Reality Is Gradually Catching Up To Green Energy | Aletho News

https://alethonews.com/2020/06/13/reality-is-gradually-catching-up-to-green-energy/

Also from Germany, we have a piece from the Financial Times of June 8 with the headline “Environmentalists on back foot as Germany’s newest coal plant opens.” What?? — Opening a new coal power plant right in the midst of a transition away from fossil fuels?? What happened here is that they are closing all their nuclear plants, and they need something that works all the time, unlike the wind and the solar. Just in January, Germany enacted legislation to completely phase out coal power generation by 2038; and then in May, they went right ahead and opened this new Dateln 4 coal plant. The Financial Times piece quotes Greenpeace activist Lisa Göldner as calling the new plant a “climate crime.” Meanwhile, the crew members of a barge bringing coal to the plant are described as “whooping and whistling in mockery” at environmental protesters seeking to block the opening of the plant.

The fact is that Germany has nowhere further to go by building more wind and solar facilities. When the wind blows on a sunny day, they already have more power than they can use, and they are forced to give it away to Poland (or even pay the Poles to take it). On a calm night, no matter how much wind and solar they build, it all produces nothing. Without the coal plant, the lights go out. Talk about climate virtue all they want, but no one has yet even begun to work on a solution to get past this hurdle.

Take batteries. It is estimated that current battery manufacturing capabilities will need to be in the order of 500-700 times bigger than now to support an all-electric global transport system. The materials needed just to allow the UK to transition to all electric
transport involve amounts of materials equal to 200% the annual global
production of cobalt, 75% of lithium carbonate, 100% of neodymium and
50% of copper. Scaling by a factor of 50 for the world transport, and you see what is now a showstopper. The materials demands just for
batteries are beyond known reserves. Would one be prepared to dredge the ocean floor at very large scale for some of the material? Should
securing the reserves not be a first priority?

And that’s just one of the issues. Others include vast costs constituting a multiple of current energy costs; the environmental impact of mining and transporting huge amounts of materials; need for vast amounts of rare elements, far beyond known world reserves;
incredibly huge amounts of material to recycle when facilities wear out; and on and on.

Read enough of this stuff and you gradually realize that
almost everything you read about supposed solutions to climate change is
completely delusional.

California Will Use Diesel This Summer to Help Keep Lights On |

https://superforestblog.wordpress.com/2020/06/13/california-will-use-diesel-this-summer-to-help-keep-lights-on/

From Bloomberg

In a hilarious bit of irony:

California will allow PG&E Corp. to use diesel-powered mobile generators to keep some electricity flowing when the utility proactively cuts power to prevent live wires from sparking fires in high wind.

State regulators signed off Thursday on PG&E’s plan to use about 450 megawatts of diesel generation to power homes, businesses, hospitals and other critical facilities as part of the utility’s effort to reduce disruptions during the shutoffs.

After decades of neglect to both its electrical distribution and forest management, the tinderbox, known as California, continues to amuse.

Of course the virtue signaling must continue.

PG&E said it considered more environmentally-friendly options but they proved too costly or impractical to deploy in time this year. The company said its mobile generators can use fuel made from vegetable oil and that it will continue to explore cleaner alternatives for the coming years.

Full article can be found here.

Electricity users will get paid to cut energy use under historic new market reform – ABC News

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-11/customers-paid-for-reducing-electricity-demand-radical-change/12343790

The historic rule change announced on Thursday will allow what’s known as “wholesale demand response” — where the wholesale market can pay users for cutting electricity consumption, rather than paying electricity generators to increase supply, when the system is under strain.

The shift, which will begin in October 2021, has been adopted by the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) despite opposition from big energy generators and retailers, who were using the COVID-19 crisis to pressure for delaying the rule changes.

The commission has described the change as “an important reform to the NEM (National Electricity Market)”.

It argues it will reduce electricity prices for consumers and improve reliability on the network, by allowing demand response to compete with “peaking” electricity generators that typically receive very high prices for supplying additional electricity during times of heavy demand.

Under the change, large electricity users (such as big farms, factories and commercial enterprises) will be able to bid reductions in demand into the wholesale market and get paid for taking their demand out of the system.

Over time, demand response is expected to be extended to households and smaller businesses who sign up with companies that “sell” power reductions from thousands of customers into the market at times when wholesale prices are high.

However, the AEMC has baulked at extending the initiative to households and small businesses at this stage.

Energy Minister Angus Taylor said the new rules would lower prices and improve reliability on the electricity grid.

The Looming Failure of Wind Energy | US Issues

https://us-issues.com/2020/06/07/the-looming-failure-of-wind-energy/

…The supporters of wind energy ignore the actual performance. Plate
Capacity is less important than energy dispatched. Critically the
importance of variability is not understood. Faith that the large pumped
storage facility of Snowy Mountains 2.0 will stabilise renewable energy
dispatch is a delusion….

Bayswater Versus Wind

If wind energy generation is to replace coal, we must compare them.
Bayswater is the second largest coal-fired power station on Australia’s
eastern grid it has a plate capacity of 2.6 GW. A comparison can be made
with the data produced by the AEMO.

…For the comparison I choose Bayswater Black coal station in the Hunter
Valley of New South Wales. That single station dispatched 16 TW hours
during 2019. The 55 wind stations connected to the eastern grid spread
over the entire east coast of Australia dispatched 17 TW hours.

…By government mandate the energy delivered by wind must be accepted and
it is not driven by demand but by the amount of wind occurring at any
one time. …

The only way to achieve that is storage of the energy produced so that it is dispatchable. For this to happen there is a significant
financial and efficiency cost.

Wind Energy Storage

The proposed pumped storage facility called Snowy Mountains 2.0 is
the expected answer. It is designed to produce 2 GW for seven days…

… Another of loss will occur if the maximum capacity has been reached. Any excess electricity generated at this point will be lost.

…Hypothetically a large pumped storage in combination with the existing wind infrastructure could produce stable dispatchable power to replace one fossil power station. But there is a cost. According to the model
this would produce 14 TW hours for 2019… Financially the cost will be about $21 billion! $16 billion for the wind infrastructure and 5 billion for pumped storage…Actual land area can be found from the work done by David Mackay. The area is nearly 3500 km².

…Fully operational Bayswater Power Station can produce 19 TW hours of
electricity annually. A 2 GW HELE coal-fired power station has a cost of
$4 billion. That figure is based on one built in Germany in 2016 and
the proposed station in Queensland at Collinsville, so an estimate to replace Bayswater would be $5 billion.

It’s Time To Follow Mexico And Pull The Plug On “Renewables” | PA Pundits – International

https://papundits.wordpress.com/2020/06/06/its-time-to-follow-mexico-and-pull-the-plug-on-renewables/

By Ronald Stein ~

The only things ‘inevitable’ about the ‘transition’ to wind and solar are rocketing electricity prices and unstable power grids.

The only things ‘inevitable’ about the ‘transition’ to wind and solar are rocketing electricity prices and unstable power grids. Recognizing that industrial wind and solar electricity bring little to no value to electrical grids, Mexico is moving to avoid the higher electrical prices experienced by Germany, Denmark, Great Britain, South Australia, California, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and other governments that have heavily subsidized their supply of intermittent electricity. Time for California to follow the lead of our Southern neighbor and pull the plug on renewable subsidies.

To stop continuous increases in the cost of electricity, Mexico stepped up to the plate and pulled the plug on subsidy dependent intermittent power from wind and solar that has been driving up the cost of electricity for its financially challenged population. The Mexican government has taken a stand that has sent renewable energy rent seekers into a tailspin.

Does California have the leadership mettle to reverse decades of price increases for electricity?

Based on what Newsom did in San Francisco, maybe not. Governor Newsom was the San Francisco Mayor for eight years.

Batteries Not A Sustainable Backup For Wind And Solar – Part I: Environmental Concerns | PA Pundits – International

https://papundits.wordpress.com/2020/06/04/batteries-not-a-sustainable-backup-for-wind-and-solar-part-i-environmental-concerns/

By Dr. Jay Lehr and Terigi Ciccone ~

Governors, Utility, and Industry captains are rushing for the headlines, with each claiming the most, the biggest, the newest solar plants and wind plants with the sexiest battery-backup systems. The last time we saw such a feverish gold-rush was in 1849, but these new media-miners are off for pyrite, better known as fool’s gold...In this two-part series, we examine a few of the headlines that were not written or stories written in small fonts and swiftly swept under the rug by the popular media giants and mega news services and T.V. talking heads. For example, how much attention was given to Bloomberg, April 19, 2019,

In this two-part series, we examine a few of the headlines that were not written or stories written in small fonts and swiftly swept under the rug by the popular media giants and mega news services and T.V. talking heads. For example, how much attention was given to Bloomberg, April 19, 2019,

[d] article “Explosions Threatening Lithium-Ion’s Edge in a Battery Race.”” Another lithium-ion battery has exploded, this time at an energy-storage complex in the U.S.” The article goes on to tell of the 21 other major battery explosions that occurred in S. Korea, including seven at electrical “green” generating sites.

On The New Gemini Solar Power Plant Near Las Vegas | US Issues

https://us-issues.com/2020/06/03/on-the-new-gemini-solar-power-plant-near-las-vegas/

By Arvid Pasto – Re-Blogged From WUWT

In the May 12th edition of the Reno Gazette-Journal (RGJ), there appeared a description of a newly-approved (by the U.S. Government) solar power facility, near Las Vegas, called Gemini. This would place it not very far from the recently-defunct solar power facility known as Crescent Dunes. The new facility is quite different in operation from Crescent Dunes, relying on huge photovoltaic cells to capture sunlight and turn it into electricity, with backup power batteries to store the electricity for use when the sun isn’t shining. In Crescent Dunes, huge mirrors were focused into a tank of molten salt atop a high tower. The heated salt was pumped down and through a turbine to extract electric power.

http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-fi-electricity-solar/ .

In this article, the authors show that California is on a solar
production upswing that shows no end. Certainly, they will not need to
buy any from NV.

When excess electric power is produced, California energy regulators

or grids order the power to be shut off (known as curtailment), or they
pay someone else to take it (AZ).

Thus, I wonder how well thought out the Gemini solar power plan

actually is, and whether this plant will be just another Nevada solar
boondoggle.