renewable energy

UN wants us all to turn into vegan hippycrites

I had little respect for the UN to start with, but now any differences we have are irreconcilable

Governments must switch from fossil fuels to nuclear, wind and solar energy to avoid a global warming catastrophe in a move costing about 300 billion ($578 billion) a year, a United Nations report warns today.

The study by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change lays out the pressing need for the world to ditch coal and oil and switch to green energy.

The report is likely to spark a new row over the cost of countering global warming, as climate change sceptics urge governments not to succumb to a green agenda, alleging it would drive up living costs for the rest of the century.

Not just the costs, it is completely batshit insane!  With the Nuclear option off the table, and with New Zealand’s primary income coming from cows, we might as well lock up and move somewhere else.   Read more »

David Cameron mans up over wind farms

David Cameron is planning on going into the election promising to rid the countryside of appalling bird shredders.

Top stuff, and given they are hopeless at actually providing power will be a massive blessing as their subsidised uselessness is eradicated.

David Cameron wants to go into the next election pledging to “rid” the countryside of onshore wind farms, a source close to the Prime Minister has said.

Mr Cameron wants to toughen planning laws and tear up subsidy rules to make current turbines financially unviable – allowing the Government to “eradicate” turbines, the source said.  Read more »

How are the Germans getting on with green energy? …Not so well it turns out

The German economy is almost on its knees as a result of green energy policies that are failing to deliver.

Germany is in the middle of one of the most audacious and ambitious experiments a major industrial economy has ever attempted: To swear off nuclear power and run Europe’s largest economy essentially on wind and solar power.

There’s just one problem — it’s not really working.

The energy transformation, known as “Energiewende,” was meant to give Germany an energy sector that would be cleaner and more competitive, fueling an export-driven economy and helping to slash greenhouse-gas emissions. On that count, the policy has floundered: German emissions are rising, not falling, because the country is burning increasing amounts of dirty coal. And electricity costs, already high, have kept rising, making life difficult for small and medium-sized businesses that compete against rivals with cheaper energy.  Read more »

Wheels falling off Green’s looney solar power policy

Once again the Green party has been found wanting on critical thought processes and policy design, launching a policy that simply won’t work and requires massive subsidies.

Consumer and EECA both think that the solution won’t work and now industry is lining up to mock the Greens.

The head of New Zealand’s largest renewable energy company is dismissing the economics of home-based solar, saying he “can’t follow” the numbers put forward by proponents.

Last week, ahead of the Green Party announcing a major loan scheme to subsidise solar installation through low-cost loans, Meridian chief executive Mark Binns said he could not understand why people installed them.

“I can’t follow the economics that are put forward by proponents of household solar in terms of returns as an investment,” Binns told Parliament’s commerce select committee.

“On our numbers, in our analysis, it is still probably not viable if you went to an accountant.”  Read more »

Green solar scam is a “dishonest subsidy”

The Green party launched their now thoroughly discredited solar power plan on the weekend.

It involved ‘loans’ in order to buy and retro-fit your house with solar power. It is a bizarre policy that will directly undermine their support for the joint Green/Labour power policy, but that isn;t the worst aspect of the whole scam scheme.

Jamie Whyte, the new Act leader, explains.

“The Greens’ Energy Policy announced today shows how dangerous they are to the New Zealand economy,” says ACT Party Leader-Elect Jamie Whyte.

“Cheap loans for solar panels are actually a dishonest subsidy.  The subsidy is hidden in the terms of the loan.  More honest would be to simply subsidise the panels, but in that harsh light people would see the policy for what it is – an election bribe ultimately funded by the taxpayer.

“Policies of subsidising biofuels have failed around the world – economically and  environmentally. There is no reason to think that subsidising solar panels will be any more successful.  Read more »

Green solar nonsense vs fact

Has Russel Norman even bothered to read the EECA (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority) website or the Consumer report on solar power from November last year?    As usual the Greens are living in an environmentally friendly la-la land and completely ignorant of reality and actual proper research.

According to their “Solar Homes” report, they are planning to have people install grid connected systems:

“once the low-interest loan is repaid, the family will own their solar power system outright. Families will be able to earn money by selling excess electricity back to the grid.”

Here is what our very own government funded bodies EECA and Consumer Affairs have to say after doing a LOT of research on grid connected systems:

From EECA:

If you are thinking about a grid connected system to reduce your energy bills, then it is important you understand the economics of the systems you are looking at. Even if a PV system proves marginally viable, there are many better ways to reduce your energy costs.

In many cases setting up and using your own grid-connected generation system will cost you more than using grid electricity over the lifespan of the system. It is also worth knowing why most of the other benefits that are often associated with grid connected systems overseas don’t apply here in New Zealand.

As you will generally be selling excess electricity for significantly less than the retail price, most grid-connected systems will never pay themselves off, let alone reduce your energy bills, or make you money.   Read more »

The unintended of consequences of ill-conceived policy

Labour and the Greens announced that they were prepared to implement a North Korean style central power regulator and buying mechanism on the premise it would lower prices.

Report after report and real life examples have proven otherwise. Another unintended consequence is that renewable energy projects would be unlikely to proceed and instead thermal solutions sought.

The head of New Zealand’s largest electricity generator says the Opposition owes it to New Zealand to give more details of its power plans.

And he warned the plan could undermine investment in renewable energy.

Labour and the Greens have jointly proposed scrapping the wholesale energy market in favour of a single state-operated buyer of electricity, called NZ Power, claiming the move would save hundreds of millions of dollars on consumer power bills.

Today Mark Binns, chief executive of Meridian Energy, told the commerce select committee that while a lack of detail meant it was hard to properly analyse the plan, Meridian believed it would favour thermal generation over renewable plants such as wind farms.

“Our view is it would potentially impact on renewables because it would make thermals, particularly gas plants – which are easier to consent and easier to put in place quickly – more viable in that environment,” Binns told MPs. Read more »

Abbott attacks renewable sector, hope he is sharing his ideas with John

Tony Abbott is about to kick the renewables sector in the cods and the lefties aren’t at all happy about it. They are howling about it and the Guardian is assisting with their howling.

Tony Abbott pretended to support the renewable energy industry before the election but is now “launching a full-frontal attack” according to Labor’s environment spokesman Mark Butler.

The Coalition went to the election promising to keep the renewable energy target (RET), which underpins investment in energy sources such as wind and solar.

But the prime minister has now taken control of a scheduled review in his own department and says the RET may have outlived its initial purpose and needs to be reassessed because it increases power prices.

“The Liberals went to the election saying there was no difference between the parties on renewable energy, but they weren’t being straight with the Australian people because now they are launching a full-frontal attack,” Butler said.

Butler said Labor would stick with its opposition to the repeal of the carbon tax when parliament resumes this month, but was now also preparing “to ramp up a community campaign in support of renewable energy”.

“We didn’t foresee this battle and it seems the responsible ministers [environment minister] Greg Hunt and [industry minister] Ian Macfarlane aren’t having much of a say either – it’s ideological and driven by people like [the prime minister’s chief business adviser] Maurice Newman.”

The renewable energy industry is also becoming increasingly alarmed at signals the government intends to drastically reduce, or even abolish, the target.  Read more »

Another rogering for warmists, EU abandons Climate Protection Goals

The EU is moving to ditch climate protection goals as they seek ways to create and develop affordable energy solutions.

The EU’s reputation as a model of environmental responsibility may soon be history. The European Commission wants to forgo ambitious climate protection goals and pave the way for fracking — jeopardizing Germany’s touted energy revolution in the process.

The climate between Brussels and Berlin is polluted, something European Commission officials attribute, among other things, to the “reckless” way German Chancellor Angela Merkel blocked stricter exhaust emissions during her re-election campaign to placate domestic automotive manufacturers like Daimler and BMW. This kind of blatant self-interest, officials complained at the time, is poisoning the climate.

But now it seems that the climate is no longer of much importance to the European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, either. Commission sources have long been hinting that the body intends to move away from ambitious climate protection goals. On Tuesday, the SĂĽddeutsche Zeitung reported as much.  Read more »

Green Taliban will be pleased, and the haggis chewing porridge wogs will have more cabers to toss

There’s nothing quite like green energy, especially when you have to cut down millions of trees to do it. The Scottish Porridge Wog National Party (centre left leaning) is on a rampage to rid the countryside of pesky trees to make way for more expensive subsidised wind turbines bird blenders that will take up to 190 years to pay off these dodgy investments.

It looks like green energy isn’t so green after all.

Scottish government figures show that millions of trees have been cut down in order to build wind turbines to help the region meet its renewable energy goals.

The Times of London reports that more than 6,200 acres of woodland — or about five million trees — have been cut down since 2007 in order to make way for wind farms to produce renewable energy and fight global warming. But only about 1,957 acres of woodland were planted after the wind farms were built.

Scotland wants to get 100 percent of its power from renewable, but doing so has come at a high cost to the country’s landscape. The Scottish National Party, a left-leaning party that wants to secede from the United Kingdom, has often invoked renewable energy as a path to independence.

Conservative lawmakers have been hammering the government for its support of green energy at the expense of Scotland’s natural beauty. Scottish Conservative energy spokesman Murdo Fraser told the Times, “the [Scottish National Party] is so blindly obsessed with renewable energy that it doesn’t mind destroying another important environmental attribute to make way for it.”

“It’s astonishing to see that almost as many trees have been destroyed as there are people in Scotland,” said Fraser, whose party obtained these figures through a government records request. Read more »