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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

A renewable spat – the political battle over a clean energy future

Opposition leader Bill Shorten knew he was on to a winner when he declared his backing of a 50 per cent target for renewable energy in Australia by 2030 ...But many questions remain: is such a plan feasible, what's the cost and what's the best way to reach the goal? And how far will it go to cutting greenhouse gas emissions and limiting climate change? That after all, is why Australia and the rest of the world must cut fossil-fuel use.
24 Jul 2015

Abbott says RET policies designed to reduce ‘visually awful’ wind farms

“I do take your point about the potential health impact of these things. …when I’ve been up close to these windfarms not only are they visually awful but they make a lot of noise. What we did recently in the Senate was to reduce, Alan, capital R-E-D-U-C-E, the number of these things that we are going to get in the future … I frankly would have liked to have reduced the number a lot more but we got the best deal we could out of the Senate and if we hadn’t had a deal, Alan, we would have been stuck with even more of these things."
11 Jun 2015

Soaring power costs leads to record number of disconnections in Victoria

Asked if the carbon tax had an impact on disconnections, Ms D'Ambrosio said: "There are a range of factors that have seen an increase in disconnections across Victoria, including  cost of energy in Victoria. As reported by the Australian Energy Market Commission last year, Victoria has the highest retail margins compared to any other state in the national electricity market".
18 Feb 2015

Greens clueless on energy

In short, if campaigners get their wish and fossil fuels are phased out by 2040, the world will face an energy gap of at least 9.2 billion tonnes of oil equivalent. That is the equivalent of 147 countries with no energy. To illustrate, an energy gap like that would mean that the 56 nations of Africa, the 44 nations of Latin America, the 12 nations of the Middle East and 35 nations in Asia, including China, would have to exist without energy.
16 Jan 2015

Senate probe on wind farms welcomed

A forthcoming Senate inquiry into wind farms has been welcomed by outspoken south-west opponent Annie Gardner, who called for it to include a comprehensive examination of health issues. But the Clean Energy Council described the move as a waste of money in canvassing issues covered by previous investigations.
26 Nov 2014

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