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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


August 16, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Central Highlands wind farm wedge-tailed eagle safety plans

Proposed Central Highlands wind turbines will be located to avoid any significant risk of being struck by wedge-tailed eagles, the proponent says. Sydney-based renewables company Epuron is proposing a 67-turbine wind farm development at St Patricks Plains, south of Great Lake and Arthurs Lake. The project would have tower heights of 150 metres and proposed blade length of 90 metres. In documents lodged with the federal Environment Department, Epuron said an "eagle utilisation survey" over 24 months would be completed, . . . Complete story »


August 9, 2019 • Australia, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Regulator’s verdict on blackout sure to buffet industry

Despite industry pleadings, there can now be no doubt that renewable energy failure was at the heart of South Australia’s statewide blackout that cost households and industry millions and transformed Australia’s energy debate. The “system black event”, the worst blackout in the 20-year history of the National Electricity Market, exposed the fragility of the system to high levels of intermittent renewable energy without back-up. Most analysis then centred on the fierce storm that caused havoc to transmission lines. The most-used . . . Complete story »


August 7, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Energy regulator launches legal action against wind farm operators over SA statewide blackout

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has launched legal proceedings against four wind farm operators over South Australia’s 2016 statewide blackout. The AER said the Federal Court proceedings were against subsidiaries of AGL, Neoen, Pacific Hydro and Tilt Renewables. It alleged the companies failed to comply with performance requirements to ride through major disruptions and disturbances, and breached the National Electricity Rules. “The AER has brought these proceedings to send a strong signal to all energy businesses about the importance of . . . Complete story »


August 7, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms are being taken to court over SA’s blackout — how did we get here?

Almost three years after a statewide blackout plunged South Australia into darkness, the fallout is continuing. On an afternoon in September 2016, a severe storm triggered a sequence of events that resulted in South Australia becoming cut-off from the national grid, and electricity being cut to most of the state’s homes and businesses. The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) is taking legal action against four energy companies – including AGL – over the incident. The dispute is a technical one and will assess . . . Complete story »


August 7, 2019 • Australia, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Three years on from the South Australia blackout, the dangers of our rush to renewables are even clearer

Listen to the science. It’s a perfectly rational statement often used by those urging others to accept that the climate is changing and human activity is driving it. But many who make this point tend to become irrational when someone dares question their preferred remedies or points out that making rapid changes to complex systems, like our energy grid, might be a tad harder than they claim. So it was when the lights went out in South Australia in 2016. . . . Complete story »


August 7, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Angus Taylor backs Australia Energy Regulator court action against SA wind farms

Energy Minister Angus Taylor has backed Australia’s energy regulator taking four wind farm operators to court, saying wind farms need to be backed up and perform during severe weather. Heavy weather left more than 850,000 homes and businesses in the southern state without power in September 2016, and sparked a national conversation about the reliability of wind farms in providing baseload power. Australian Energy Regulator chairwoman Paula Conboy said today the AER will take AGL, Neoen SA, Pacific Hydro and . . . Complete story »


August 7, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

SA blackout blows wind farms into court

The Australian Energy Regulator will take four South Australian wind farm operators to court accusing them of failing to perform properly during SA’s statewide blackout in 2016. The action in the Federal Court will allege AGL Energy Ltd, Neoen SA, Pacific Hydro Ltd and Tilt Renewables all breached the National Electricity Rules. “The AER has brought these proceedings to send a strong signal to all energy businesses about the importance of compliance with performance standards to promote system security and . . . Complete story »


August 7, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Australian watchdog sues four wind farm operators over 2016 blackout

Australia’s energy regulator said on Wednesday it is seeking compensation in court action against four wind farm operators, including AGL Energy (AGL.AX) and France’s Neoen SA (NEOEN.PA), over a state-wide blackout in South Australia in 2016. Each of the companies faces claims that several of their power generating units contravened regulations over a period of several months, not just on Sept. 28, 2016, the day of the blackout. South Australia is the country’s most wind power-reliant state. (reut.rs/2M3y0Mn) As well . . . Complete story »


August 7, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Power giant AGL fights back over wind farm blackout ‘failure’ claims

Australia’s largest power generator, AGL, has pledged to vigorously defend itself after it and other wind farm operators were sued over the dramatic 2016 South Australian blackout that cut power to 850,000 homes and businesses. New proceedings filed in the Federal Court against AGL, Neoen, Pacific Hydro and Tilt Renewables allege they failed to comply with performance requirements to ride through major disruptions, the Australian Energy Regulator announced on Wednesday. “The AER has brought these proceedings to send a strong . . . Complete story »


August 7, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm operators taken to court over South Australian blackout

Australia’s energy regulator has launched court action against four windfarm operators, alleging they failed to meet performance requirements during 2016’s statewide South Australian blackout. About 850,000 homes lost power on 28 September that year, when severe weather conditions led to significant damage to SA transmission lines, causing voltage disturbances. The event heightened a fractious national debate about energy policy. The Australian Energy Regulator has said a loss of wind generation after the voltage disturbances contributed to the the blackout. It . . . Complete story »


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