Articles from Australia / New Zealand

Reporters find it hard to tell truth about renewables

Climate writers should know intermittent energy from wind and solar cannot support grid-scale power 100 per cent of the time. It needs to be backed up with energy storage. This is why former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull launched the Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro scheme, the cost of which has blown out from less than $3bn to more than $6bn, according to Giles Parkinson at the RenewEconomy website.
17 Oct 2021

They’re always there

Young Tarwin Lower farmer, Stuart Kilsby, told the Supreme Court last week that he was often anxious about going to the farm to work because of the turbine noise which is a constant frustration. The Kilsby farm is now dominated by seven turbines on their neighbours’ land, immediately adjacent to their boundary fence and eight more in close proximity.
21 Sep 2021

Wind farm trial in Supreme Court hears plaintiff slept in car to avoid 'roaring' of turbines

"They started operating in March 2015 and within two to three months I was writing letters of complaints [to the operators] as it was causing me sleep disturbance," Mr Zakula said. "They were just roaring — it sounded like the arrival of a train and it never stops arriving." He told the court that two to three times a month during winter he sleeps in his car at a nearby beach when the noise becomes too much. “I get in my car and drive down to the Walkerville Beach and remain there for the rest of the evening,” Mr Zakula said.
9 Sep 2021

AGL faces big fines over wind farm issues

The Hallett wind farms, operated by companies wholly owned at the time by power generator AGL, had failed to obtain written approval from the network operators for critical settings designed to allow their wind turbines to ride through disruptions to the electricity grid. In action brought by the Australian Energy Regulator, the Federal Court heard on Friday that while the failure to obtain approval was inadvertent, the settings applied were insufficient to cope with the disruptions to the network during the black system event.
20 Aug 2021

‘Energy chaos’: Wind and solar industry facing roadblocks in Australia

Australia’s charge into large-scale wind and solar is faltering, with investment in new projects drying up and construction jobs in the industry diving. Figures from the Clean Energy Council for the second quarter of 2021 reveal three new projects across the country reached the financial commitment stage, the equal second-lowest number for any quarter since the start of 2017.
12 Aug 2021

Turbine noise goes on trial

The case, being brought by some of the neighbouring landowners, is expected to decide once and for all whether the facility has caused “substantial and unreasonable interference with the use and enjoyment of the land” owned by its neighbouring farmers. ...Not only are the lawyers for the aggrieved landowners seeking aggravated and exemplary damages, to compensate the plaintiffs for their distress and to punish the operators for their alleged wrongdoing, they are also seeking abatement of the noise, potentially involving the shutting down of the facility at night.
3 Aug 2021

Two SA wind farms fined more than $1 million for their role in 2016 statewide blackout

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.
1 Jul 2021

Australia rejects $36 billion wind, solar, hydrogen project

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.
21 Jun 2021

Wind farm risk to bird species; Call to halt Robbins Island proposal

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.
24 Apr 2021

Windfarm up in the air

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.
16 Jan 2021

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