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Australia’s investment in renewable energy projects has slumped below that of Algeria, Thailand and Myanmar, new figures have shown, with the sector “paralysed” by the government’s review of the Renewable Energy Target.
In its findings released today, the Commission declared the application for modification of the original approval was “inconsistent with the intent and spirit of the Draft NSW Planning Guidelines....the application, if approved, would have significant visual impact on the non-associated residences and the proposed vegetation screening would not be able to mitigate the impact on all affected residences to an acceptable level.”
Mrs Garry's husband John died in April. She said while he considered hosting wind farm infrastructure; he eventually rejected them. "They are just hideous. The government is paying subsidies, if they don't pay, if they pull the rug, the turbines will be left here to rust."
In a fiery address to the council’s meeting on Tuesday night, Cr Jim Doukas refused to accept a peer review commissioned by the shire which found company AGL was operating the 140-turbine wind farm within noise guidelines. “It is the biggest load of garbage I’ve ever read in my life and AGL should be tied to a tree and flogged with a whip,” Cr Doukas said.
Most of the wind farms are “on hold” because of the federal government’s decision to review the Renewable Energy Target — with the likelihood that Canberra’s support for renewables will be scaled back, which has effectively frozen financing.
Australian Ecological Research Services has estimated each of Macarthur Wind Farm’s 140 turbines killed about 10 birds a year. Eagles, falcons and other raptors make up to a third of the estimated 1500 birds killed each year at Australia’s biggest wind farm.
Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has made more critical comments about the way wind farms look, describing them as "appalling".
A multi-billion-dollar Japanese company has been accused of killing koalas as it employs workers to chop down trees to develop a wind farm in Victoria’s southeast. ...Disturbing images of the dead koalas have been supplied to the Herald Sun.
A negotiated position could mean scaling back to a “real” 20% target or pushing back the target for large-scale projects while leaving small-scale production, such as solar panels on house rooftops, in place. The clean energy sector has warned that any amendment to the RET would be disastrous for the industry.
The future is unclear for landholders with existing wind turbines as the federal government considers the recommendations of a review into the Renewable Energy Target scheme. The review recommends a halt to the scheme it claims is costing taxpayers $422 billion in industry subsidies.
Land owners in communities along the Goulburn-Braidwood Road are continuing their self-described "David and Goliath battle" to stop a $400 million wind farm development proposed for 12,000 hectares in the area.
A western Victorian renewable energy company says recommendations from a review of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) have increased uncertainty about the industry's future. The report proposes options including abolishing the target by 2030 or closing the scheme to new entrants.
While wind farms in Australia can have long term power purchase agreements out to 2030, the financing arrangements are much shorter, usually around 5 years. This means that most, if not all, wind farms, will be up for refinancing in the next few years. When that happens, the major banks will review the state of the market, and are either likely to raise the price of debt, or do an “equity sweep.”
Because the price of RECs is about the same as the electricity price per megawatt/hour, renewables generators are deriving as much revenue from selling RECs as they are from selling power to the National Electricity Market.
A $150 million wind farm southwest of Cairns is in jeopardy as the Federal Government is reportedly planning dramatic cuts to the Renewable Energy Target scheme.
The renewable energy sector has cleverly confused the concepts of economic costs, which are the costs of the resources used to produce renewable energy, with prices. They do this to disguise the real cost impact of the RET on the economy and to make themselves a smaller political target. ...The goal of the RET was never about suppressing prices, but this is now the cause célèbre of the renewable industry.
It is a touch ironic that it has taken the abolition of the carbon tax to highlight just what a pernicious bit of work it was. More than even Tony Abbott’s labelling of it as a big, bad tax. ...according to the federal government, the average family will benefit by $550 annually.
Cutting the renewable energy target could bankrupt existing wind farms and lead to legal action against the commonwealth government, energy companies have warned.
Electricity use has plunged so much that no new coal or gas baseload power generation will be needed over the next decade to comply with the nation’s famously conservative requirements for ensuring lights stay on.
Acoustician, Steven Cooper, has been asked to measure noise emissions at the Cape Bridgewater wind energy facility in Australia following years of noise complaints since the project was placed in service in 2008. Mr Cooper has tested inside three homes near the wind facility over eight weeks, including a two-week shutdown of the turbines. His preliminary report can be accessed by clicking the link(s) on this page. His initial findings are provided below.