Articles from Australia
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.
The six turbines are to be installed directly where fierce fighting in two battles in April and May 1917 led to more than 10,000 Australian casualties — one of them Mr Newman’s great-uncle, Second Lieutenant Leslie Mullett.
A plan to build a massive 223 turbine wind farm near Penshurst has been abandoned.
After more than 10 years of working on the project, RES Australia has formally announced the “discontinuation of Penshurst Wind Farm Project”. It “no longer considers this project to be an ongoing development opportunity”. So the people around Penshurst at least will now be able to — literally — sleep soundly at night.
Thank god the clean energy target is gone; it was just another version of the renewable energy target that involves massive subsidies for the intermittent renewable energy sector.
The government’s new plan will drop a clean-energy target proposed by Chief Scientist Alan Finkel in favor of forcing power companies to offer a set amount of reliable energy provided by coal, gas or even hydro, available to households at all times. While the plan would also require companies to offer low-emission energy, lawmakers said it would boost fossil generators until renewable energy output became more reliable.
Mr Abbott said that Australia needed to adopt “evidence-based policy rather than policy-based evidence” and questioned whether reducing emissions really was necessary to save the planet. “Our effort, however herculean, is barely better than futile, because Australia’s total annual emissions are exceeded by just the annual increase in China’s,” he said.
While sinking enormous financial resources into propping up renewable energy prospectors, national governments are providing no perceptible benefits to their citizens, writes Judith Sloan, a renowned Australian economist who has served on the Australian government’s Productivity Commission.