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Projects set to generate hundreds of jobs and millions of investment dollars for South Australia are at risk or on hold because of uncertainty over a national target to increase renewable energy generation.
"Scrapping the carbon tax is a foundation of the government's economic action strategy," said Abbott, who once said evidence blaming mankind for climate change was "absolute crap". "A useless, destructive tax which damaged jobs, which hurt families' cost of living and which didn't actually help the environment is finally gone," he added.
Australia’s investment in renewable energy all but dried up in the first half of 2014 amid uncertainty fuelled by the government’s latest review of the mandatory target, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation is likely to be directed away from lending to wind farms in favour of programs that support the Coalition’s “direct action” plan such as energy-efficiency schemes and leasing for solar hot water systems.
Western Sydney Liberal MP Craig Laundy agrees the Government cannot create sovereign risk by dumping the scheme altogether and backs revising the policy. He argues renewable energy is a costly and inefficient way to abate carbon but has a place in the economy.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott reintroduced legislation to the Australian Parliament on Monday that would repeal a carbon tax that the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters have to pay. ...With new senators to take their seats on July 7, the bills are expected to be passed.
Australian Federal Senator John Madigan delivers a powerful speech on the floor of the Senate regarding the wind industry and its attempts to silence him.
Windfarm owners say the head of Tony Abbott's renewable energy review recently told them they were foolish to “build a whole business model on government largesse”, raising fears he will recommend a severe winding back of the renewable energy target.
Electrician Chris Gabler bought his plot 12 months ago and said he had no idea the area was part of EPYC's Jupiter project area. "I had no idea and we wouldn’t have bought it if I had known there was going to be a wind farm right next to me,” he said.
Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney will determine the fate of a controversial wind farm proposed on the far north's Atherton Tableland.
The Piper Alderman firm says the council has an obligation to take action after it received 20 official complaints from residents about noise coming from AGL’s 140-turbine wind farm last year.
This report describes the results of full spectrum acoustic monitoring conducted at a number of homes located between 2 km out to nearly 10km from the Waterloo Wind Energy facility. This monitoring was independent of the that conducted by the South Australian Environment Protection Authority (SA EPA) and was requested by Mrs Mary Morris and other concerned residents in the Waterloo district. The monitoring occurred during the period of the South Australian EPA Acoustic Survey, conducted in mid 2013. The conclusions of the monitoring are provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking the link(s) on this page.
The Piper Alderman firm says the council has an obligation to take action after it received 20 official complaints from residents about noise coming from AGL’s 140-turbine wind farm last year. The council has begun investigating the nuisance complaints under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act
The renewable energy target is subsidising technologies that are already widely used around the world and is at odds with the Abbott government’s crackdown on corporate welfare, according to Queensland’s biggest electricity generator.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), set up to support new and emerging renewable technologies into production and deployment, including funding world-leading solar research, is set to be scrapped, a cut of A$1.3 billion.
Noise levels from wind farms should be monitored by the state’s top environmental watchdog, a Western Victorian MP says.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has attacked wind farms as “utterly offensive and “a blight on the landscape” in the latest sign that the Abbott government intends to cut back on renewable energy.
A victorian construction union has been banned from leaving cars or equipment near entrances to a $400 million wind farm after a costly industrial battle reignited.
In this radio interview, the host, Alan Jones, discusses the high costs and impacts of wind energy development in Australia. To listen to the interview, click the link at the bottom of this page.