Articles filed under Energy Policy from Australia / New Zealand

Vic establishes renewable energy targets

...the Victorian Government has hit back, becoming the first state to set its own renewable energy targets in competition with the Minister's newly established national wind farm code. But while the wind energy industry is elated and has promised that the State Government's new mandatory code will lead to hundreds of wind turbines springing up around coastal Victoria, will the industry be able to deliver?
17 Jul 2006

Victoria puts hopes, and cash, into renewables

The additional money for renewable energy comes as wind-farm opponents criticised a State Government-commissioned report on the power source. The report, released last week, found greenhouse gas emissions decreased between 250,000 and 310,000 tonnes a year for every 100 megawatts of electricity produced by wind farms. Wind-farm critic Andrew Chapman said the report was based on "typical figures" rather than actual figures.
16 Jul 2006

National backs local generation to meet district’s energy needs

It just seems to be ludicrous at a time when New Zealand is crying out for new generation, when the world is seeking generation that is renewable, that you have a landowner that wants wind farms on the property, you have a company that is prepared to put the money up and you have a government saying no." The principle of monopoly line companies not cross-subsidising their generation was sound. The practice of it was impractical.
14 Jul 2006

Coal industry develops clean technology

KERRY O'BRIEN: The Prime Minister has recently argued that nuclear energy is cleaner and greener than fossil fuels. He says it's one of the main reasons he's opened a debate about whether Australia should have nuclear power. But the coal industry counters that it is developing a new type of clean coal technology that will dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Power stations using this non-polluting form of coal technology could come on stream in the next four to five years. But does it all add up financially? Peter McCutcheon reports.
19 Jun 2006

Sun and wind cost too much

The truth is that the two main alternative energy sources that the Opposition Leader talks about, wind and solar, are hopelessly uneconomic. The major super funds, whose investments I manage, own interests in a significant number of wind farms. Each and every one of them would be totally unviable without very heavy subsidies. Their average cost of production is over twice that from a base load coal-fired power station.
10 Jun 2006

Victoria rejects nuclear power push

JOHN Howard's push for a nuclear energy debate is set to hit a political brick wall in Victoria, with the State Government and the Opposition signalling they would reject any move to build a nuclear power plant in the state.Editor's Note: It appears that Mr Theophanous is unaware that wind energy is not a source of base/peak load capacity while nuclear energy is.
5 Jun 2006

General Electric warms up a slice of nuclear pie

"We are very bullish on the nuclear market," said Lorraine Bolsinger, a corporate vice-president at General Electric. "Any debate on climate change and the need for zero emissions has got to include nuclear in the mix of fuel diversity," she said in Melbourne. The variability of renewable energy sources like wind and solar means they can't contribute more than 10 or 15 per cent of the total.
26 May 2006
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