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A new report has shed more light on how the blackout in South Australia occurred and why wind power disconnected from the electricity network. ...Instead 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.
Wind turbines in South Australia were using more power than they generated during the state’s electricity crisis, which has prompted major businesses to threaten shutdowns and smaller firms to consider moving interstate. The sapping of power by the turbines during calm weather on July 7 at the height of the crisis, which has caused a price surge, shows just how unreliable and intermittent wind power is for a state with a renewable energy mix of more than 40 per cent.
Boco Rock Wind Farm has been fined for disturbing Indigneous heritage sites at its Nimmitabel operation.
Infigen, which has a market cap of $664 million, said it was "exploring a range of options" but advised there was no certainty a transaction would eventuate. Mr George said the company had approached underbidders in the recent sale of Pacific Hydro, a deal said to be worth $3.2 billion.
A warning letter has also been issued to NGH Environmental Pty Ltd for providing incorrect location information about heritage sites in the management plans provided to both companies.
But landowners who have been offered upfront payments of $25,000 and $8000 a year say they have been told to keep the existence of the contract and its details secret. Sue Dean said she had been given to the end of this month to sign an agreement with WestWind, but had decided to blow the whistle instead.
“One of the biggest reasons that natural gas, oil, and coal are the world’s most-used energy resources is because they are incredibly reliable,” Daniel Simmons, vice president for policy at IER, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “By the same token, wind struggles to compete with conventional fuels because it is inherently unreliable.”
Silverton resident Helen Murray said she was concerned that the development would put a damper on tourism. ..."Most of them [tourists] that I've spoken to and certainly a number of other people have said these people are absolutely horrified, and that they wouldn't come back to Silverton," she said.
AGL Energy's plan for a $2 billion-$3 billion fund to develop renewable energy projects has triggered doubts in the market as to whether potential partners will be able to stomach the risks involved. The Sydney-based retailing giant has pointed to Australian infrastructure funds as its most likely co-investors in the Powering Australian Renewables Fund, which its chief executive Andy Vesey unveiled at the interim earnings on Wednesday.
Australia's first-ever wind farm commissioner experienced his first grilling by a Senate committee on Monday, with his $205,000 annual salary for three years confirmed by the environment department. Mr Dyer's aim is to improve complaint handling by state regulators and other stakeholders to a level that renders his role futile.
“If wind farms are all they’re cracked up to be, SA power prices would be half what they are and the state would be making a fortune exporting electricity to the other states,” he said. “But it isn’t, wind turbine owners might be making a fortune but wind power is costing SA families a fortune. It is a con.”
A proposal for a wind farm at Palmer, in South Australia's Mid-Murray region, has been revised from 130 turbines to 114.
“Many times other supply will kick in and there’s always stuff on standby, but in this case it may well have been the size of the load.” When the Victorian system shut down, 160 megawatts of energy was lost and wind power did not supply energy because it often does not start until 3am.
The Department said it had reviewed the EIS and found that it had not adequately assessed the visual and noise impacts of the project, as required by government guidelines; not undertaken sufficient consultation with local residents about measures to reduce impacts of the wind farm, particularly in regard to visual impacts; and not fully considered the compatibility of the project with local planning controls and the emerging rural-residential nature of the area.
Despite reassuring noises about large-scale renewable energy coming out of the new-look federal Coalition, and an increasing number of sympathetic state governments, the Australian wind industry is far from out of the woods.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has appointed Australia’s first Wind Farm Commissioner to deal with complaints about wind farms, in a move which seems to have pleased few people.
The Environment Department has now asked until December additional information it sought about plants and animals on the Tablelands' site.
Australia's first wind farm commissioner has been appointed by the Turnbull government, with the former chairman of the telecommunications watchdog, Andrew Dyer, to take the role for three years. Mr Dyer's appointment comes as the government also established a scientific panel to "provide advice on the science and monitoring of potential impacts of wind turbine sound on health and the environment".
Trustpower employees closed the meeting two hours early, after one resident allegedly stole a Trustpower USB stick and made violent threats after being restrained from entering the building. The Bookham resident, Mr Mark Glover, told the Tribune that the incident occurred when he accused Trustpower of lying to his neighbours. “I did accuse them of lying because he was saying the community supported the proposal,” Mr Glover said.
The renewable energy industry is celebrating the ascension of Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister on hopes that he may lead the Coalition towards policies more supportive of the sector. ...However, Mr Turnbull's early statements have been in favour of retaining the Government's current climate change policies.