New peer reviewed paper finds that New Zealand warms at only 0.28°C per century compared to Govt NIWA trend of 0.91.

Good to see this new paper – A Reanalysis of Long-Term Surface Air Temperature Trends in New Zealand – by C. R. de Freitas & M. O. Dedekind & B. E. Brill.
Also great to see them use the Fig 3 twin diagram ex NASA GISS – that I have been drawing attention to for years as absolutely vital.
Climate Conversation Group has a blog yesterday – Paper adds interesting perspective on NZ temperature trend

Australian fuel cell company attracted by the German Energiewende

The ABC reports that ASX listed fuel cell company Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited (ASX – CFU) with origins as a CSIRO spinoff is headed to find its place in the sun as a part of Energiewende. – Germany’s renewable energy incentives and regulations attracting Australian companies
One of their products is BlueGen a gas fired fuel cell, they say –
BlueGen can be installed on-site in your home or business. It contains standard connections and operates with virtually no noise. Key benefits include:
Up to 36 kilowatt-hours of electricity per day
200 litres of ‘free’ hot water per day
Carbon dioxide savings of up to 14.5 tonnes per year
Unconstrained by seasons or weather
Simple installation with standard connections
Integrates easily with renewable technologies such as solar PV or solar thermal hot water
Constantly monitored by advanced fault detection technology

All sounds good. Here is the CFU share price history – a great thing about the ASX is that all regulatory filings and company announcements are easily searched and downloaded as pdf’s.

The Australian Commonwealth Govt muddles around vainly hoping Labor will assist it to reform the money wasting RET scheme

I have just quickly sketched my opinion of where the Govt of Prime Minister Tony Abbott finds itself now. Last week I emailed ministers connected with trying to reform the Renewable Energy Target which was introduced by the Howard Govt in 2001. I list some selected quotes. All replies confirm the Government’s support for renewable energy is centred on four key elements:
1. The RET should represent a real 20 per cent
2. Support for household solar systems should not be changed
3. Pressure on energy intensive trade exposed sectors should be reduced, which will provide additional support for Australian jobs
4. The renewable sector should have greater clarity by removing the need for a review of the target every two years.

Achievements due to the RET scheme
Almost 2 million households have installed small scale solar systems and the cost of rooftop solar is less than a quarter of the price. in fact, the cost of a 4.5 kilowatt rooftop solar system has fallen from more than $35,000 ten years ago to around $7,000 today and will continue to fall.
More than 5,000 megawatts of large-scale renewables have been built in an electricity market that is currently oversupplied by 9,000 megawatts of electricity. (Ed note – your Govts at work.)

First the problem –
What was intended to be a 20 per cent target is now tracking towards 27 per cent by 2020.
This increasing proportion of renewables comes as Australia’s total demand for electricity is falling. The RET is a relatively high cost form of emissions
abatement at around $32-62 per tonne of CO2 for large scale investments and $95 – 175 per tonne of CO2 for small scale. (Ed note – we see this in our electricity bills.)

Some claimed advantages if the Govt can persuade Labor to help pass their revised RET scheme.
This proposal would ensure a doubling of new large-scale and new small-scale
renewable energy production under the RET scheme between now and 2020. In short,
there will be more new renewable energy installed over the next 6 years of the RET than has been installed in the first 14 years of the scheme.
(Ed note – does not read like a great outcome.)

More great things your Govt is claiming credit for –
We’ve committed $1 billion through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) for the research & development of new renewable energy technology concepts. The Government is keen to see nearly 200 programs across a range of technologies meeting milestones and contributing to the advancement of the renewable energy industry.
Through CSIRO’s Energy Flagship, the Government is supporting a group of around 350 scientists to pursue a dedicated energy research program that will help enable Australia’s energy transition.

Several other ways we’re supporting transition within our energy sector is by
continuing to provide $900 million worth of commitments under the Clean Energy
Finance Corporation to support a range of risky renewable energy projects, $2.25
billion into Industry programmes for innovation across all sectors, $2.1 million
through the Solar Towns Programme to support households who choose solar as a way to reduce their power bills and $2.55 billion through the Emissions Reduction Fund to encourage emissions abatement activities through low cost effective and practical solutions.
(Ed note – just there I add up at least $8.8Billion of mostly worthless waste harming our economy.)
As I said earlier – our Govt has lost the plot – they should put Minister Scott Morrison in charge of reforming the RET and all the other $8.8Bn of Green boondoggles.

Australian Commonwealth Government has lost their way – lost the plot

The Govt of Prime Minister Tony Abbott Govt is thirteen months into a three year term – winning a landslide in the House of Reps in Sept 2013 they hit the ground mostly asleep except for the successful boats policy – missed the chance for a mini-budget in 2013 – emerged from the summer break thinking about the WA Senate election rerun then diverted by MH370 – hamstrung by a fractured Senate their first budget attempting to turn around entrenched GreenLabor waste is still a shambles – behind in the polls – under constant attack by a revisionist mainly left media lead by the taxpayer funded ABC – diverted again by MH17 – they lack the vision to see that a double dissolution is essential if they are not to wimp out their term as lame ducks begging for Labor help to pass legislation.
Their best performer Scott Morrison who has stopped the boats is underutilised and should get a new senior ministry – how about Minister for Getting Things Done.

EU agrees on ludicrous 40% 2030 emissions reduction target

In the great tradition of countless IPCC climate conferences – at a time EU economies are in deep doldrums – while global temperature has not risen in 18 years – and at a time when Germany electricity generators are increasing coal use – and when France says it will cut back on electricity from nuclear generation – and when the shortcomings of wind & solar inducing extra risks to power grids are increasingly becoming obvious to anybody with normal reasoning powers – the EU twists arms to produce this agreement on a distant fantasy.
And major political parties wonder why they are losing support.
Emissions data from – Data from BP Statistical Review of World Energy

Ottawa under attack by gunmen yet in Canberra the ACT Govt sponsors a drama production “Kill Climate Deniers” specifically portraying an armed siege of the Australian Parliament

As Ottawa is experiencing shootings – you have to pinch yourself that this idiotic arts grant from the Canberra Soviet has not been nipped in the bud. I have previously posted
It gets worse – the “Kill Climate Deniers” play funded by the ACT Govt is specifically portraying an armed siege of the Australian Parliament
and –
‘Kill Climate Deniers’ – upcoming new theatre funded by the ACT Govt (Canberra)

How long will it take the GreenLabor ACT Govt to rescind this disgraceful “Kill Climate Deniers” arts grant?
Remember yesterdays news from Canada re soldier killed – Canadian soldiers were run down by ‘radicalized’ man, officials say

BBC reporting the UN World Health Organisation is under fire for bungled response to Ebola crisis

Odd that I have not seen this in any Australian news – I see about three TV news channels each day – and it is not yet reported by the ABC online. Of course the ABC would be waiting to see how they could spin this against the Abbott Govt.
It does seem surprising incompetence from WHO – after all what do they exist for. But then why should any branch of the monstrous UN be any more useful than any other.

Proposed Bango Wind Farm near Boorowa NSW – an example of five years of multiple regulatory hurdles

The Bango Wind Farm proposal initiated in 2009 extends from north of Yass to SE of Boorowa and is a classic example of the largely pointless but expensive red and green tape that Australian resource projects are strangled by. With the Federal Govt now reconsidering the Renewable Energy Target (RET scheme) that would have been the lifeblood of the BWF – it remains to be seen if any turbines will be erected.
It is noteworthy too that earlier in 2014 NSW politicians from Yass, Goulburn and the Monaro were not enthusiastic about being “…treated as the ACT’s junk yard over its Government’s irresponsible and self-indulgent renewable energy policy…”