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Viv Forbes

Viv has a degree in Applied Science Geology and is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

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Abolish Renewable Energy Targets


Australia’s Renewable Energy Target Scheme is an incredibly bad idea. Coercing and bribing people to waste community savings on unpredictable and unreliable solar and wind electricity should end immediately.

There is nothing smart about trying to run a 21st century industrial society using “green energy” to generate electricity. It is costly, diffuse, intermittent and needs 100% backup capacity.

Solar power excels in growing trees, grass and crops and can be useful for heating water or providing electricity in remote locations providing there is also a back-up diesel generator or a bank of batteries in the shed.

Wind power can also be useful in applications where its capricious performance does not matter, such as pumping water to a tank or storage dam.

 

The green energy financial disaster developing in Europe shows that Australia should stop promoting green energy to limit further damage to consumers and businesses with soaring electricity costs and declining reliability of supply.

The dismal European green record includes bankrupt companies, spiralling electricity prices, industry closures and relocations, financial crises, unstable power supply, environmental uglification, bird slaughter, property devaluation and . . . increasing coal usage.

We must abolish all renewable energy targets, subsidies, mandates and price support.

People who feel green energy suits their needs or beliefs should remain free to invest in it. But our whole society should not be forced to gamble with something as important as our future energy supply.



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Windmill power has ruined the UK. UK ended up building more nuclear power stations due to black spots when the wind doesn't blow there is no power. Europeans are 30% solar these days. France is 75% nuclear. Germany stopped nuclear power but gets most of its power from France.

Bronwyn Bishop describes, IMO quite correctly, carbon tax as a GST on electricity. Broadly she describes it as a nothing tax that only pushes up the price of electricity, and consequently everything else, to such a point that we can not or will not be able to afford to exist. Electricity these days is an essential to life!

I hope you are well Mr Forbes (and your family).

Antarctica is the windiest place on the planet. The population, (mostly research scientists and meteorologists) is minimal, as is their electrical power requirements. Their electricity supply? Diesel generators. I rest my case.

Spain Levies Consumption Tax on Sunlight

Proving that idiocy truly has no bounds, Spain issued a "royal decree" taxing sunlight gatherers. The state threatens fines as much as 30 million euros for those who illegally gather sunlight without paying a tax.

The tax is just enough to make sure that homeowners cannot gather and store solar energy cheaper than state-sponsored providers.

Via Mish-modified Google Translate from Energias Renovables, please consider Photovoltaic Sector, Stunned

The Secretary of State for Energy, Alberto Nadal, signed a draft royal decree in which consumption taxes are levied on those who want to start solar power systems on their rooftops. The tax, labeled a "backup toll" is high enough to ensure that it will be cheaper to keep buying energy from current providers.


Spain Privatizes the Sun

Via Google translate from El Pais, please consider Spain Privatizes The Sun

If you get caught collecting photons of sunlight for your own use, you can be fined as much as 30 million euros.

If you were thinking the best energy option was to buy some solar panels that were down 80% in price, you can forget about it.

“Of all the possible scenarios, this is the worst,” said José Donoso, president of the Spanish Photovoltaic Union (UNEF), which represents 85% of the sector’s activity.

Before the decree it took 12 years to recover the investment in a residential installation of 2.4 kilowatts of power. Following the decree, it will take an additional 23 years according to estimates by UNEF.

Petition of the Candle Makers Revisited

And so the "Petition of the Candle Makers" comes to pass.

I have written about the "petition" on many occasions, but here is the latest reference: Extremely Difficult to Keep Up With Economic Stupidity

Reflections on "Unfair Competition"

Corporations always consider it "unfair" when any other company can do things faster, smarter, or cheaper than they can. The buggy whip industry once protested cars.

Today, land-line telecom companies have to compete with wireless and they don't like it. Now, we see protests about VOIP (voice over internet protocol).

Technology marches on. But France does not like it. The French solution is to tax Skype because it has an "unfair advantage".

This is an age-old unwinnable argument.

Petition of the Candle Makers

The ultimate irony is France's preposterous "unfair advantage" argument was lampooned by French economist Frederic Bastiat back in 1845 when he penned 'Petition of the Candle Makers'.

In his article, candle makers were incensed that the light of the sun could be had for free. The sun's unfair trade advantage was to the "detriment of fair industries" who could not compete against the sun's price.

Something had to be done to "shut off as much as possible, all access to natural light, and thereby create a need for artificial light" so that "industry in France will encouraged".

The moral to this story is "Don't propose something purposefully stupid hoping to make a point. Some idiot might actually think it's a good idea and do it".

Mike "Mish" Shedlock
http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com
Read more at http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/07/spain-levies-consumption-tax-on-sunlight.html#Gf2oeCCEtr8mz6v3.99

meh they'll just do what they did in Spain, when Big Corporations feel the pain they'll just complain & have Laws twisted in their favor.

Totally agree! The only way to stop this, is to stop The Greens! Vote them out of Parliament all together on the 7th September!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2350267/Rare-bird-white-throated-needletail-killed-wind-turbine-crowd-twitchers.html

Why do all "Green" schemes make me see red. Watermelons perhaps Must ask Sarah Two-fathers

I have no formal degrees, what I do have is a household budget that tells me a whole lot of c.osts have risen almost beyond the capacity to be obsorbed , and all the green energy projects are way more expensive than household utilities need be. Someone is making money!

I agree with every single word written here. I do not have science qualifications, just a lowly Economics degree.

One of the most serious consequences of the Green Energy craze is the destruction of the landscape. In Europe, everywhere you look the view is almost totally obscured by wind farms. Same here. Some of the best views in the country are being fouled by these things. And these are being promoted by the Greens, whose basic mantra is protection of the environment. Pure hypocritical rubbish!