Articles from Australia

Lack of wind a big blow for Infigen and power prices

If electricity consumers were not already being squeezed by the closure of Victoria's coal burning Hazelwood power station, an extraordinary lack of wind in the past few months has certainly compounded the problem. The large wind-focussed generator, Infigen Energy has been forced to downgrade its full-year profit forecast due to what it says has been the least windy period it has endured put its current capacity together in 2012.
23 Jun 2017

We paid $4.5m to keep power stable for a day

South Australian power consumers have been slugged for a massive $4.5 million price spike for services that stop energy infrastructure from blowing up. The Australian Energy Regulator released a report on Tuesday night into why prices for services which stabilisethe grid exceeded $5000/MWh in SA on October 18 last year.
21 Mar 2017

South Australia's power woes expose deeper problems with nation's energy security

The problem is, the wind doesn't always blow and the sun doesn't always shine. The high peaks in South Australia's energy usage don't always match up with a large chunk of its increasingly intermittent supply. Intermittency isn't the only problem though. Under current market settings, wind farms aren't required to provide the same stability coal and gas has traditionally provided to the energy grid.
9 Mar 2017

Disregard for reliable energy

In dry, technical language the Australian Energy Market Operator has warned Queensland’s Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, that her renewable energy policy could take the state down the South Australian road, where they have the misfortune to pay high prices for unreliable electricity. The Palaszczuk policy would massively increase Queensland’s reliance on intermittent renewables and erode the value of state assets such as black coal-fired generators, which provide baseload power. And all this for no discernible effect on climate change. It is a profoundly irrational course.
7 Mar 2017

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

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