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Here in Renewables-World downunder, most people don’t know the grid has barely scraped through the last two weeks. We almost lost an Aluminium smelter, came close to a statewide blackout and South Australia is (possibly) still islanded from the rest of the National Grid. The AEMO held a crisis meeting yesterday but this trouble started Friday week ago in what was described as a “white knuckle event” by energy analyst, Paul McArdle at WattClarity.
Production stoppages at wind farms with a collective capacity of more than 900 megawatts have added to problems plaguing renewable energy ventures in the National Electricity Market, due to grid bottlenecks and instability.
Now it has issued new operating guidelines, warning that the imports from Victoria via the remaining Murraylink connector will be constrained to zero, and 23 different wind, solar and gas generators could be constrained to zero output if South Australia’s minimum demand falls below 800MW. ...This highlights the fact that rooftop solar is largely uncontrolled by AEMO, and so it is the large scale renewable installations that have to make way. In this situation, it is causing a headache for the grid operator, and it underlines why AEMO has been pushing for new measures and mechanisms that allows it to have some sort of control over the output of rooftop solar, now totalling more than 10GW in Australia on more than 2.2 million rooftops.
The State Planning Commission hosted a public forum in Eudunda on December 4 for members of the community interested in understanding more about the proposed changes to the renewable energy policies in the new planning system. The session provided an opportunity to understand how existing renewable energy policies are being updated in the Planning and Design Code to keep pace with new and more efficient energy infrastructure.
It’s good to know that wind turbine blades are a bird’s best friend, or something like that. I’m citing “fun facts” on the website of Synergy, Western Australia’s state-owned electricity generator. Synergy operations include half a dozen WA wind farms, mostly coastal. Synergy claims, correctly, that its fun facts “may blow your mind.” Fun Fact No. 9 is illustrated with a pic of Sesame Street’s Big Bird, pop-eyed with delight about wind turbines’ blade-and-splatter prospects. The caption reads (author’s emphasis)
Renewable energy advocates have been left disappointed after a proposed wind farm on the NSW Southern Tablelands was rejected because of the visual impact on residents.
Wind farm turbines should be setback at least 1500 metres from a property's boundary fence, Moyne Shire councillors say.
BLOWN AWAY: Yinnar residents Louise Gilmore and Sindy Van Eede were caught unawares by the proposed wind farm.
Project developer Windlab said on Monday that construction of the project – which combines 43.5MW of wind, 15MW of solar and a 4MW Tesla battery installation has now been completed for a number of months (since last December), and still not switched on. “However, the project is experiencing delays in completion of its generator performance standards and subsequent registration as a generator,” Windlab said in a statement.
Developers of a wind farm near Kojonup have blamed government uncertainty for a nearly six-month construction delay. Moonies Hill Energy’s Flat Rocks wind farm, 35km outside Kojonup, was set to begin construction in October last year.
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers candidate Jeff Bacon said he was firmly against the development, citing potential impacts to the region's water system, and backs calls for a hydrological study. “The site is like a sponge for water that releases into three river systems," he said.
As a result of grid connections risks, Windlab Limited (ASX: WND) has lost its only investor in Queensland. After the UK investor InfraRed Capital Partners taken away the 106-megawatt (MW) Lakeland Wind Farm project situated in the south of Cooktown, Queensland, the share price of the company took a deep downward fall.
More than 100 Crystal Brook residents are expected to speak out against a $65 million wind, solar and battery proposal for regional South Australia that would include Australia's tallest turbines.
“While the approval of wind farms go through a rigorous statutory planning permit process administered by the Minister for Planning, communities are questioning the strategic approach to wind farms in terms of social, economic and environmental impacts,” it says.
But Mr Arthur said the problem was onsite, not off-site and the result of any problem with the transmission infrastructure or substation. “There may be issues with warranties and the like and I don’t want to go into it at this stage except to say we hope it’s right by sometime next week (this week),” he said last Thursday.
The biggest wind farm in the southern hemisphere will be built about 130 kilometres west of Melbourne, powering an estimated half a million homes a year by 2025, if the Andrews government gives the project the green light.
A south-west Victorian airport instrumental in fighting the St Patrick's Day bushfires could be forced to close if a proposed wind farm is approved by the state planning minister.
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.
One of the country's largest producers of wind turbines has taken control of the proposed Rabbit Ridge Wind Farm project. Goldwind Australia has taken the reins on the Dalveen-based project, which first became a realisation under Tim Lucas' stewardship. Mr Lucas first brought his vision to the community's attention back in 2013 and it's been a hard slog since.