Saturday, December 18, 2010

Electricity will soon become unaffordable for many Australians.

I had an e-mail telling me that some elderly people are putting solar lights into their garden and take them inside at night to save electricity. I’m not sure if this will save them much, but it illustrates the desperate measures some people take, in trying to reduce the ever increasing electricity prices. Somebody else said to me that running the generator at night is starting to look a much cheaper option than getting mains power.

Good grief! Where are we heading in this country, and why has electricity suddenly become so expensive? Countries we export coal to produce cheaper electricity than we do. For a lot of people, to live in this once lucky country is starting to become more and more unaffordable. Following is what Viv Forbes of the Carbon Sense Coalition has to say. - Werner
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Green Power just generates Red Ink!
12th December 2010
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The Carbon Sense Coalition has called for an end to all subsidies, mandated markets and sweetheart pricing for solar and wind energy.

The Chairman of “Carbon Sense”, Mr Viv Forbes, said that current energy policies were harming the existing power industry and robbing taxpayers and electricity consumers.

Forbes continued:
"It's time to end the mollycoddling of wind and solar energy toys before this stupidity does irreversible damage to Australia’s electricity supply and costs.

"The mindless green dream of producing serious base load power from whimsical breezes and intermittent sunbeams has caused a halt to new low-cost coal power, a boom in expensive gas power, a national debate about nuclear power and has had no effect at all on global climate.

"The frivolous wind and solar generators already installed have caused a surge in electricity prices, a bonanza for Chinese manufacturers and well founded doubts about our future ability to keep the lights on.

"Transmission costs are also ignored or under-estimated by green disciples. Because wind and solar are dilute forms of energy, often best developed in remote locations, collectors must sprawl over large areas of land, with each collector needing expensive new power lines to connect to the grid.

"Provision of cheap reliable energy is a basic requirement for modern civilisation and is the engine that lifts people from poverty. It is far too important to be left to green dreamers, anti-industrial zealots, vote seeking politicians, engineering illiterates and guilt-ridden millionaires.

"It is already obvious from Denmark, Spain, California and Germany that subsidising green power creates very little power but much red ink in the accounts. It always causes massive burdens for tax payers, electricity consumers and industry. Tax payers and investors will rue the day they allowed politicians to waste their savings on chimeras.

"Get rid of all the mandated markets, subsidies and tax breaks for all energy generators, and leave power engineers and business managers to work out how best to supply our future energy needs in a free competitive market.

"Subsidised power must collapse under its own dead weight. But every day's delay increases the eventual cost. "
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My thought for today: - Werner
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind' not with it. - Henry Ford

1 comment:

Sonja Hardy said...

An interesting topic. I thought we were promised privatisation would mean more competition and cheaper prices!!! Water is heading the same way since privatisation too. And there’s the added worry of the power these companies (probably foreign owned) hold over us by controlling our access to water. (And of course, the power of the Chinese who are supplying the fluoride for our water – who knows what they might sneak into it - and I bet it’s never tested for contamination!!!)