Articles from Australia / New Zealand
The "Megapack," at an upcoming Australian power project, caught fire in a trial, authorities said. It took 150 firefighters and more than 30 fire trucks to extinguish the fire, they said.
The recent addition of two of the state’s biggest wind farms helped Western Australia set a new benchmark for wind output in late June, although overall wind generation had been badly impacted by the damage wrought by Cyclone Seroja on transmission lines in April and May.
Investor confidence in Australia’s clean energy sector has been significantly undermined by “unhelpful and unpredictable government intervention” by the federal Coalition, according to the Clean Energy Council.
A formal review of the blackout found overly sensitive protection mechanisms in some South Australian wind farms were to blame. The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) found the unexpected operation of the control settings resulted in the sudden loss of generation from the wind farms. In the court proceedings, both Pacific Hydro and Hornsdale admitted that they applied repeat low voltage ride through system settings to their generating units without prior written approval from AEMO and ElectraNet.
The Australian government has rejected plans for a $36 billion wind, solar and hydrogen project in a remote area of Western Australia, leaving what would have been one of the world’s largest green energy projects in limbo for now. In a decision dated June 15, published on the environment department’s website, Environment Minister Sussan Ley ruled that the project, the Asian Renewable Energy Hub (AREH), “will have clearly unacceptable impacts” on internationally recognised wetlands and migratory bird species.
A Tasmanian town recently voted the state’s top tourism spot is uniting against a wind farm proposal residents say will be a scar on its famous landscape and damage its appeal. Epuron is preparing a development application for a 12tower wind farm to be built on farmland near historic Highfield House.
On this day 25 years ago, New Zealand’s first wind farm started generating electricity. Over the next 14 years, we’ll need to open roughly one new wind farm each year to cut our carbon footprint – yet Olivia Wannan finds progress is patchy.
A Tasmanian bird expert has thrown his weight behind claims Robbins Island is a sanctuary for shorebirds and no place for a wind farm. A group of locals, including independent state election candidate Craig Garland, has long been calling for UPC Renewables’ proposed wind farm on the island in Tasmania’s far NorthWest to be scrapped. ...Dr Woehler said the latest BirdLife Tasmania count had confirmed international significance of tidal wetlands, showing they regularly support more migratory and resident shorebirds than the rest of the state combined.
“A new regulatory framework is required to align the approach to managing wind farm noise with the [amended] Act,” the government said on its Engage Victoria website this week. “Clear and consistent wind farm noise regulation is needed to provide certainty to industry and confidence for communities.”
Developers of a planned sprawling Gippsland windfarm with turbines among the tallest in the country have sought an independent panel to assess and approve the project. ...Objectors claim the 250m turbines pose a fire risk and may hamper the efforts of water bombing and retardantspraying aircraft in the blazeprone part of Victoria.
The proponent behind the mammoth Golden Plains Wind Farm near Rokewood has denied reports less than the planned 228 turbines will be built. In a statement, a WestWind spokesperson said it was “inaccurate” to suggest the scope of the project had changed.
Australia’s biggest wind farm is now all but mechanically complete. The last of the 149 turbines at the 530MW Stockyard Hill facility in central Victoria has been installed, three substations are complete and energised, and yet – more than one year after the original timetable – the facility is not producing power.
Dr Micic said the latest study aimed to comprehensively review published evidence regarding the impact of wind turbine noise on the most widely accepted objective and subjective measures of sleep time and quality. ..."Nevertheless, the available self-report data appeared to support that insomnia severity, sleep quality and daytime sleepiness can be impacted by wind turbine noise exposure in comparison to quiet background noise."
Federal energy and emissions reduction minister Angus Taylor says the latest emissions productions published by the Morrison government show that Australia is on track to meet its 2030 emissions target without the use of controversial surplus emissions credits, but it also predicts a collapse in large-scale solar and wind investment.
Last month, Dundonnell was also hit by a fallen blade at one of its Vestas turbines, which brought production across the wind farm to a halt for a few days as the cause was investigated. Campbell says it is clear that the blade fell because bolts holding it to the hub became loose, but the question of why those bolts became loose is still under investigation.
The company behind a planned wind farm on Brown Mountain has suspended the development claiming continuing global uncertainty due to the coronavirus. The news came as somewhat of a relief for residents in the area, who have been campaigning against the development for more than three years.
Tilt Renewables’ massive Dundonnell wind farm in Victoria is gradually powering back up one week after the project was shut down after a 73 metre, 70 tonne blade fell off one of the project’s 80 newly installed Vestas turbines.
The blade fell around 8.30pm and the company has since removed all turbines from operation while an investigation of the damage occurs. "A root cause analysis will be completed in conjunction with the wind turbine manufacturer, Vestas, which will inform the assurance process on the other turbines prior to these being returned to service," Mr Campbell said.
Fines totalling $26,640 have been issued to a NSW windfarm for failing to meet environmental approval conditions.