Articles from Australia
Like dogs with a taste for worrying sheep, politicians are addicted to continuing their destructive interventions in energy supply. And they have created an endless supply of officials and vested interests who will tell them how they can vary those interventions but they have little stomach for disengaging and allowing the market the freedom to operate without regulations and guidance.
The ACCC – whose chairman Rod Sims has long been a critic of the Renewable Energy Target and associated schemes – has also called for the Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme, which was due to run until 2030, to be wrapped up by 2021 – almost a decade earlier than planned.
The region will become home to a “spider web of transmission lines” unless more is done to change wind farm planning laws, south-west leaders fear.
Energy companies are becoming concerned about excess solar power in grid; Residential solar panels feed extra electricity into grid which can overload it; Electricty experts say residential battery packs are needed to stop blackouts
The biggest wind farm in the southern hemisphere will be built about 130 kilometres west of Melbourne, powering an estimated half a million homes a year by 2025, if the Andrews government gives the project the green light.
A report by the National Wind Farm Commissioner acknowledges the history of community division, unfair contracts, inadequate communication, potential conflicts of interest and disregard for complaints of human suffering. The Wind Farm Commissioner set out a road map for how the industry could clean up its act. And the renewables industry insists that lessons have been learned.
A south-west Victorian airport instrumental in fighting the St Patrick's Day bushfires could be forced to close if a proposed wind farm is approved by the state planning minister.
A sprawling multimillion-dollar wind farm project can be built despite “substantial” local opposition including from the AFL’s boss, the state’s development court has ruled.
The Crystal Brook facility will produce up to 400 megawatts of solar and wind power each day, which will power the site's hydrogen 'electrolyser' to potentially produce 20,000 kilograms of hydrogen daily.
In its summary, and with unanimous support from relevant experts, AAT found that there were numerous recorded instances of wind turbine noise exceeding 40 dB(A) — a recognized threshold for annoyance/sleep disturbance. “Even if it is not audible, low-frequency noise and infrasound may have other effects on the human body, which are not mediated by hearing but also not fully understood,” the summary reads.
Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has likened South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill to a problem gambler "doubling down to chase his losses" after the state lifted its renewable energy target to 75 per cent by 2025.
The residents called on AGL to “fix” existing problems at Macarthur, such as deteriorating roads, before launching into a new project. Resident Jacinta Coffey said the area was “becoming a dumping ground for wind energy” and it was "unfair” to the community with more than 240 wind turbines to be built in Hawkesdale and surrounding areas.
Dr Crawford says one of the main issues is what the RFS and State Government is “doing or not doing about wind farms.” “There is a real question about how fireprone wind farms are to areas,” he said. “There is research to show that the atmosphere close to the ground (near windfarms) changes temperature, bringing down warmer air and affecting moisture content in vegetation growth.
“That is something which we expect will be the subject of further study,” the AAT said. “For our purposes, it is sufficient that annoyance is produced, and it appears that it may be associated with adverse health outcomes. “An identification of the causes of that annoyance may allow it to be reduced or mitigated and adverse health outcomes to be reduced or avoided.”
Despite including lots of useless information about comparative consumption and gas emissions, energy bills don’t include the percentage of your account that has been imposed as a result of subsidies such as the Renewable Energy Target (for which we collectively paid $2.7 billion last financial year, in case you’re wondering).
Canberra on Tuesday welcomed as “very touching” the scrapping of a planned French wind farm on the site of a First World War battlefield where thousands of Australian soldiers died.
Families of diggers who fell one hundred years ago on the Bullecourt battlefield in France have forced an energy company to abandon plans to build a wind farm on the historic site. Engie has announced it will halt the development of the project in response to an Australian backlash.
Hawkesdale farmer Paul Lewis says noise from Macarthur wind farm, five kilometres from his home, wakes him up at night. ...“No one can do anything to really address the problems with existing wind farms. Moyne (shire council) have wiped their hands of it and don’t take responsibility, and the State Government isn’t doing anything,” Mr Lewis said.
France has been criticised over an “outrageous” plan to build a six-turbine wind farm on a First World War battlefield where thousands of British and Australian soldiers were killed.
An Antarctic research station is relying on diesel generators after a wind turbine collapsed overnight.