Articles from Australia

Birdwatcher's vow: I will take wind farm fight to high court

Hamish Cumming will continue his fight in the Victorian Court of Appeal on June 15 as he seeks to have the $1.5 billion Golden Plains wind farm, planned for Rokewood northwest of Geelong, revised to about 130 turbines. Mr Cumming said buffer zones around brolga breeding and flocking areas near the Golden Plains wind farm had been applied incorrectly by developer Westwind.
27 May 2020

Major Granite Belt wind farm project stalls

Goldwind Australia took the reins on the Dalveen-based project in early 2018, which first became a realisation under the stewardship of Brisbane-based businessman Tim Lucas. Since the takeover, there has no been no news on when or if the project will go ahead. More damning still, there’s no trace of the project on Goldwind Australia’s website which lists their projects that are in operation, construction or planning phases.
25 Apr 2020

Investors say price ruling puts clean energy projects at risk

But commission chairman John Pierce said the current methodology created a price signal to encourage generators to build in better-connected areas to the grid. "For the market to operate effectively, prices and economic signals need to reflect the physics of what’s happening in the [energy grid]," he said. "Consumers shouldn’t have the cost of individual business decisions simply transferred to them."
28 Feb 2020

Australian grid has major near miss: SA Islanded for two weeks

Here in Renewables-World downunder, most people don’t know the grid has barely scraped through the last two weeks. We almost lost an Aluminium smelter, came close to a statewide blackout  and South Australia is (possibly) still islanded from the rest of the National Grid. The AEMO held a crisis meeting yesterday but this trouble started Friday week ago in what was described as a “white knuckle event” by energy analyst, Paul McArdle at WattClarity. 
12 Feb 2020

AEMO tightens settings, flags more constraints, as Portland smelter hangs off S.A. grid

Now it has issued new operating guidelines, warning that the imports from Victoria via the remaining Murraylink connector will be constrained to zero, and 23 different wind, solar and gas generators could be constrained to zero output if South Australia’s minimum demand falls below 800MW. ...This highlights the fact that rooftop solar is largely uncontrolled by AEMO, and so it is the large scale renewable installations that have to make way. In this situation, it is causing a headache for the grid operator, and it underlines why AEMO has been pushing for new measures and mechanisms that allows it to have some sort of control over the output of rooftop solar, now totalling more than 10GW in Australia on more than 2.2 million rooftops.
6 Feb 2020

Proposed state wind farm planning code discussed in Eudunda

During the forum it was highlighted how townspeople are allowed 2km distances, plus 10 metres for every metre increase in turbine height. "Areas 'zoned areas for wind farms' are still basically everywhere rural except for a few selected areas like Barossa Preservation District," Mrs Morris said. "Basically little change from (former SA planning Minister) John Rau's wind farm rules from 2011/12."
13 Dec 2019

Wind farms in spotlight at planning forum

The State Planning Commission hosted a public forum in Eudunda on December 4 for members of the community interested in understanding more about the proposed changes to the renewable energy policies in the new planning system. The session provided an opportunity to understand how existing renewable energy policies are being updated in the Planning and Design Code to keep pace with new and more efficient energy infrastructure.
11 Dec 2019

Inherit the Wind

Project_table_thumb It’s good to know that wind turbine blades are a bird’s best friend, or something like that. I’m citing “fun facts” on the website of Synergy, Western Australia’s state-owned electricity generator. Synergy operations include half a dozen WA wind farms, mostly coastal. Synergy claims, correctly, that its fun facts “may blow your mind.” Fun Fact No. 9 is illustrated with a pic of Sesame Street’s Big Bird, pop-eyed with delight about wind turbines’  blade-and-splatter prospects. The caption reads (author’s emphasis)
7 Nov 2019

Crookwell III Wind Farm refused development consent

"The community raised a number of significant concerns about the visual impacts of the project on surrounding residences and the cumulative effect of wind farm projects with residences potentially able to view wind turbines in multiple viewing sectors," the Commission noted. "The community expressed concern that wind farm projects will transform the landscape from an attractive rural landscape towards an industrial landscape dominated by wind turbines."
25 Oct 2019

Governments took the hard road on clean energy – and consumers are feeling the bumps

Instead of creating investor certainty, the federal government has adopted a “picking winners” approach. It plans to build new generation assets such as the Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro project, and subsidise others through a program of underwriting investments. Alongside this, the government’s proposed “big stick” laws would give it vast powers including those to break up big energy companies. Our research has confirmed this has a chilling effect on investment.
7 Oct 2019

Wind turbines ‘an extinction threat’ for birds

In Tasmania, 10 new wind farms are proposed or under construction, adding to a number of existing major turbine sites, three of which have killed at least 37 eagles since 2002. There are fears the wind farm boom will push endangered species such as the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle, swift parrot and orange-bellied parrot closer to extinction.
13 Aug 2019

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