Articles from Australia
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.
Rising energy prices fuelled by South Australia's ambitious renewable energy target have helped send stricken Whyalla steelmaker Arrium cap in hand to governments seeking $150 million-plus in taxpayer aid. Higher energy prices may have added as much as $12 million to Arrium's annual costs, with rising gas prices and South Australia's wind and solar power among the main culprits.
"[South Australia] has moved so far ahead of the rest of Australia in terms of changes of generation", with a prominent role for renewable energy which has forced the closure of coal-fired power stations, he said. "Not only are they paying through the nose for their electricity, but with large price declines last year, and now the big rises this year – you can't get stability in household budgets.
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.
Some 4850 megawatts of wind farms and solar power plants need to be installed to meet the deadline, with most expected to be built in NSW, Queensland and Victoria, the research firm found. It calculates that though $340 million of investment has been committed to new projects, another $10 billion is needed.
Claims have emerged that Mr Saunders was subjected to a terrifying campaign of retribution after giving evidence alleging corruption in approvals for wind farms around Portland. Mr Saunders said his family had been subjected to duress and that he now wants a full investigation in to why he wasn’t protected after speaking out.
It’s time to stop denying that wind farm noise causes adverse health effects in some people. It’s insulting to sufferers to be accused of only suffering from a “nocebo” effect. Everyone who is adversely affected by wind farm operations deserves to be heard and deserves adequate compensation, which should include an offer to purchase their property at a fair price.
“This is basically giving the minister powers to allow for changes without going to a panel hearing,” Ms Kearns said. “We might not even be given an avenue for appeal.” Ms Kearns, she was concerned about wind farms close to people’s homes.
A rule change that allows the Planning Minister Richard Wynne to bypass planning panels and advertisements on amendments to approved wind farms could soon be challenged in the Supreme Court. A group has filed an originating motion with the court over ministerial changes to the Victorian Planning Provisions.
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.
Putting money into investigating possible health effects of infrasound was consistent with previous National Health and Medical Research Council recommendations, said the environment minister, Greg Hunt. ...“A reasonable exercise for the government is to ... investigate the matter,” the prime minister told reporters.
National Health and Medical Research Council defends decision after grants attacked as waste of time An Australian research council has given two grants worth $3.3m to research the impact of wind turbines on human health despite concluding last year there was no evidence turbine noise was harmful.
"This is a hotly debated area, with many residents convinced that their health is suffering and other people sure that it's all a figment of their imagination. There is a genuine scientific question here that needs to be solved definitely so we can inform both the public and public policy."
“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.
A public hearing has been told a proposed wind farm in the New South Wales central tablelands has been so divisive it has destroyed the fabric of the local community.
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.