Articles from Australia

Flaming crows: bird on wire sparks bushfire

Birds electrocuted by a power transmission line at a wind farm near Canberra in January sparked two bushfires — one of which burned 3400ha and caused millions of dollars of damage in lost livestock and property. The fires near Tarago, east of Canberra, were started at different spots on a transmission line taking power from 23 turbines on the Woodlawn wind farm to its substation.
1 Mar 2017

Abbott warns of a ‘drift into defeat’

“The government is talking about using the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to subsidise a coal-fired power station,” he said. “We subsidise wind to make coal uneconomic so now we are proposing to subsidise coal to keep the lights on. Go figure.” “Wouldn’t it be better to abolish subsidies for new renewable generation and let ordinary market forces do the rest?”
24 Feb 2017

Turnbull slams Labor’s power ‘horror show’

Malcolm Turnbull has blasted Labor’s renewable energy “horror show” by seizing on blackouts in South Australia to warn of out­ages across the country under the “insanity” of Bill Shorten’s 50 per cent renewables target. ...“How many South Australians are worse off because of the Labor Left ideological approach to power? I tell you: every single one."
10 Feb 2017

Rolling blackouts ordered as Adelaide swelters in heatwave

“It’s a demonstration that ad hoc state-based renewable energy targets have gone too far — when reliability can’t be maintained on a day the likes of which SA faces numerous times every single summer.” ...“It’s time Labor both federally and at a state level recognised its high renewable energy targets are putting at risk energy security and affordability.”
8 Feb 2017

ERM Power penalty exposes flaws of Renweable Energy Target

The snub to the 2020 Renewable Energy Target by one of the country's biggest business electricity retailers has revived calls for investment in new renewables projects to be halted and exposed the risk of the consequences for consumers of missing the goal. ERM Power on Tuesday revealed it had elected to pay a $123 million penalty charge to discharge its 2016 liability under the RET scheme, rather than backing renewables projects as intended under the RET regulations.
26 Jan 2017

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

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