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AEMO’s third report highlights wind power link to South Australia blackout

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) released its third report today with its preliminary conclusions on the causes of the “Black System” that plunged the entire state into darkness at 4.18pm on September 28. While tornadoes were found to have taken down three transmission lines ahead of the blackout, it was the loss of power from the state’s wind farms that is thought to be one of the primary causes of the event.
12 Dec 2016

Energy expert warns green targets could cause European-style ‘mess’

“While emissions-reduction policies are politically fashionable, the obvious result of the EU’s policies has been ... growing backlash at the soaring cost of the renewable-heavy mandates. The backlash is also coming from rural landowners who are inflamed by the encroachment of large wind-energy projects on their neighbourhoods. This backlash has forced European policy makers to begin scaling back their plans.”
9 Dec 2016

Renewable strategy blowing in the spin

The nation’s renewable energy strategy has officially blown a fuse. Everything is back on the table after an interim report found last week’s storm-induced statewide blackout in South Australia was the result of a dramatic, sudden loss of wind power generation.
6 Oct 2016

South Australian blackout hits renewable energy transition hopes

The power failure has cost billions in losses to households and business. It has pitted state and federal governments against each other over fragmented ¬renewable energy targets and left green groups scrambling to shift the blame from renewables to climate change. Most of all, the statewide blackout has left South Australia looking foolish and reminded everyone how security of electricity supply easily can be taken for granted.
1 Oct 2016

Josh Frydenberg’s new power struggle written on the wind

If Frydenberg does not give EPBC approval for Dundonnell he can expect a fiery backlash and accusations of turning his back on renewables and new economy jobs. If he does give EPBC approval Frydenberg will be accused of grand-scale environmental vandalism against the Victorian brolga, which is listed as threatened and nests at the proposed wind farm site.
23 Jul 2016

Wind optimism stalls

The confidence that everyone had expected to return to the renewable energy sector following the demise of Tony Abbott, is yet to come to fruition. Investors spent just $15 million since February 2014 on big wind, solar or other clean energy projects that were not otherwise supported by government programs.
16 Jan 2016

Malcolm Turnbull lifts Abbott ban on government finance for wind power

The new mandate says: “As part of its investment activities in clean energy technologies, the corporation must include a focus on supporting emerging and innovative renewable technologies and energy efficiency, such as large scale solar, storage associated with large and small scale solar, offshore wind technologies, and energy efficient technologies for cities and the built environment.”
13 Dec 2015

Malcolm Turnbull refuses to back Clean Energy Finance Corporation

“The CEFC certainly has been making some investments in this area and in that respect has been assisting in supporting the reduction in emissions, but it is a fair question to ask whether it is necessary as an institution, and indeed it was the government’s policy to abolish it. We do not support government banks performing roles that can be performed by the private sector."
20 Oct 2015

Scientist who likened wind industry to Hitler floated as potential Turnbull government adviser

Senator Leyonhjelm said he was not opposed to wind turbines in principle, but believed they were poorly regulated and are "making people sick". He said Dr Rapley was a suitable candidate for the committee because as a New Zealander he "has been out of the Australian environment", has extensively studied impacts of infrasound on human health "and is a genuine scientist".
1 Oct 2015

Energy boss Grant King tips solar explosion

The solution was “somewhere in the sensible centre”. The debate needed to move away from “two groups of people shouting at each other” and recog­nise that humans were not prepared to give up economic gains for environment outcomes. He said meeting the renew­able energy component of the emissions commitment would require the equivalent of 250 40MW solar facilities to be built in a relatively short period.
10 Sep 2015

A wind storm is brewing

“I listened to their concerns with a growing sense of unease as they documented a litany of failures by government and the wind industry to address, or even acknowledge, what seemed like genuine issues,” Mr Leyonhjelm said in the Senate about the final report. ...The federal government has agreed to appoint a national wind farm commissioner, and said it would look into the rest of the findings of the final report. 
16 Aug 2015

Senate call for expert wind farm panel

A Senate committee wants the government to establish a panel of independent experts to set standards and monitor the health effects of noise from wind farms, problems that health authorities say do not exist. ...Committee members heard from several people who live near wind turbines who complained of a variety of health effects including tinnitus, raised blood pressure, heart palpitations, tachycardia, stress, anxiety, vertigo, dizziness, nausea, blurred vision and fatigue.
3 Aug 2015
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