Power prices skyrocket

Turnbull policies make energy unaffordable

Who cares that fewer and fewer people in Australia can afford this most basic necessity? At least we’re saving the planet, right?

Actually no, since nothing Australia does makes any difference to the global climate. It just appeases the idiotic Green/Left activists, while India and China burn cheap coal to their hearts’ content.

The Australian highlights ($) the continuing price rises for electricity and gas:

About three-quarters of households and businesses on the east coast and South Australia face substantial increases in power bills from next month, after Origin Energy announced price rises for electricity and gas.

Origin, the biggest of the three major generators and retailers, confirmed the pressure on wholesale prices from a historic lack of investment in new baseload generation capacity. AGL Energy and EnergyAustralia also announced price rises in recent days.

NSW, which came close to blackouts amid soaring temperatures in February, faces the steepest percentage increases for power, with business bills set to rise 18 per cent, or an average $748 a year, while households will pay about $282 more, up 16.1 per cent.

But South Australians, who faced blackouts from September and who already pay most for power, will face the biggest dollar increases. Businesses are set to pay an average $920, or 15.3 per cent, more, while households will pay $313, or 15.9 per cent more.

As with other “gentailers”, Origin has partly spared Queenslanders, who face rises of 3.5 per cent, or $61, for households and 5.9 per cent, or $276, for businesses in their electricity bills. Origin’s rises for electricity are lower than those of AGL Energy and EnergyAustralia, which have revealed hikes of almost 20 per cent.

Gas prices are also rising, but at a slower rate than electricity and well short of the doubling, tripling and even quintupling of prices for large gas users that had not locked in long-term supply contracts in the past two years.

Origin, which also owns one of the three Gladstone LNG export terminals criticised for soaking up domestic gas supplies, said it would raise residential gas prices by 8.5 per cent in NSW, 9.4 per cent in South Australia and 2.5 per cent in Queensland. Business prices will rise 6.3 per cent, 8.4 per cent and 2.2 per cent respectively.

Electricity prices doubled in the past five years as uncertainty about energy and climate policy stalled investment in new generation capacity, while transmission and distribution networks — which account for up to half the electricity bill — were allowed to over-invest in the assets that are used to calculate their returns.

Soaring prices and the growing risk of blackouts have spurred governments into action, including threats to limit gas exports from Gladstone so the local market is properly supplied, $550 million of investment by the SA government in a new gas-fired generator and an adjacent 100MW battery, and orders by Queensland to restart the Swanbank gas power station and have the state’s generators pressure the market to lower prices.

Energy futures, which indicate prices a year from now, have started to trend down but observers said the measures would not affect prices for a year. The federal government is considering a report by Chief Scientist Alan Finkel recommending a clean energy target to guide investment in generation capacity.

Origin executive general manager of retail Jon Briskin said price rises showed “how crucial it is for Dr Finkel’s recommendations to be translated into actions”.


  1. What the Australian doesn’t admit:
    It was Wayne Swine (of “dangerous climate change” fame”) and the screw loose Juliar Gillard that encouraged and provoked large scale development of gas production and LNG export terminals. Now our idiot politicians in NSW, SA and Vic legislate to restrict or eliminate gas production through fracking, so there is a dearth of domestic gas. AWs one would expect in a third world dictatorship, these government cretons now threaten the very firms they begged to develop high cost facilities for export gas. Look out Venezuela, Australia is about to exceed even your insanity.

  2. Karkar, you should let Piers know that solar, wind,, batteries etc normally use inverters to generate stable 50Hz contributions to the grid.

    For a bit of balance maybe Karkar could read http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/opinion/alan-kohler/swing-to-renewables-will-be-unstoppable/news-story/460be9183a22a2cb8543523e91884480 . Here it is explained why batterues can be used to rapidly correct frequency shiftts and that they are currently being used in the US as a cheaper means of maintaining a steady frequency.

  3. songhees says:

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    ‘The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science’.
    My latest documentary and video of my presentation.

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    Also, The Trans-mountain Pipeline will add 3/10,000 of 1% CO2 to the atmosphere.
    Besides, CO2 is not a pollutant.
    Thank you.


  4. To the best of my knowledge the recommendations of the Finkel report have not been yet implemented so I suspect Finkel’s optimistic 3% increase would refer to future increase not increases that were in the pipeline.

    Simon you can read about Origin, the current price increase and the Finkel report at http://www.afr.com/technology/origin-energy-hikes-power-prices-up-to-18pc-says-finkel-is-crucial-20170615-gws30w .

  5. Here is some food for thought:

    Man made climate change is real, and it can lead to further serious increases in average global temperatures.

    However, they are NOT caused by greenhouse gasses, but are caused by the reduction of dimming anthropogenic sulfur dioxide aerosol emissions into the troposphere due to environmentally-driven Clean Air efforts.

    Google “Climate Change Deciphered” for proof of the above.

    Recognition of facts presented could be the savior of Australia, especially, as well as much of the rest of the world.

  6. Ok Karabar (sorry for the typo regarding your name I blame auto-corrrect) show us your expertise. Are you suggesting i could have saved money by feeding the DC from my solar panels directly into the grid?

    To establish your self proclaimed credentials you could discuss power factors, reactive load etc.. of solar inverters. I would prefer if you don’t plagiarize Wiki.

    However I suspect your 50 years experience in the power generation industry could not have been in an engineering role as you would not have fallen for Pier’s arrant nonsense.

    • Yes Engineering roles to be sure. That is why it is so obvious to me that you have not the slightest iota of the vagaries of frequency, power factor, and voltage control, on a large electricity grid. The intermittent behaviour of thousands of random power sources to an AC grid is a nightmare. A slight mismatch in timing and you have the near instant destruction of one or both. Restarting is like restarting a chorus line. This makes for a very fragile system as everyone gets out fast if a mismatch happens, like your computer having to reboot suddenly. Except that it can take many hours, even days to boot up.

  7. Karabar, Yes a bit like the 1965 North East blackout in the US and 1977 blackout in New York which both lasted a few days. I seem to recall these happened prior to the advent of renewables. A list of major outages can be found here – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_major_power_outages . I am not sure how many (if any) could be attributable to renewables.

    I agree that the management of renewables is going to be an issue and that is what the Finkel review is all about. The shift to renewables is going to happen anyway and the management of the distributed sources such as rooftop solar could eventually be a blessing if ii is managed appropriately.

    Do you really believe the incorporation of larger amount of renewables is a technological challenge that is totally insurmountable? There are a lot of people looking at the problems you outlined right now see https://www2.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2013/EECS-2013-146.html , https://researchonline.jcu.edu.au/47079/, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S136403211630243X and http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/6725484/. By the way as you are a local did you attend the conference where the latter was presented?

    California is one place where renewables are taking off and it’s the home of good old Yankee ingenuity see – http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/california-renewable-energy-record-80-per-cent-state-power-green-methods-water-hydro-wind-solar-a7748956.html .

    Yes there have been issues in California but the authorities there seem to believe that they are not insurmountable. It will be interesting to see how they fare over the summer

    • And California is going down the pan as a result of it’s green policies.

      • Yes (/sarcasm on ) David California is going right down the pan see -https://www.google.com.au/amp/www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/brexit-pound-value-uk-economy-california-fifth-place-rankings-a7347696.html%3famp .

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