Wind Power News: Australia
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If electricity consumers were not already being squeezed by the closure of Victoria’s coal burning Hazelwood power station, an extraordinary lack of wind in the past few months has certainly compounded the problem. The large wind-focussed generator, Infigen Energy has been forced to downgrade its full-year profit forecast due to what it says has been the least windy period it has endured put its current capacity together in 2012. “Production for the 4th quarter is expected to be … approximately . . .
Victoria’s biggest wind farm to date has been given the green light by the state government. Pyrenees Shire’s Stockyard Hill Wind Farm will boast 21 more turbines than Waubra Wind Farm and generate 338 more megawatts of power – enough for 340,000 homes. The wind farm, near Lake Goldsmith, about 50km west of Ballarat is expected to be operational by 2019. Planning Minister Richard Wynne on Wednesday approved a planning amendment which would see the number of turbines drop from . . .
A controversial plan to build wind turbines on Lord Howe Island off the New South Wales north coast has been rejected by the Federal Government. Only a few hundred people live on Lord Howe Island, boosted by about 400 tourists at any one time. They all rely on a diesel generator for power. The plan was to build two wind turbines, along with a solar farm, to cut energy from the generator by 70 per cent. As a World Heritage-listed . . .
Wind and solar farms will be forced to meet tougher standards to guarantee reliable energy as the Turnbull government prepares a dramatic overhaul of the sector in a bid to avoid blackouts and price spikes. The new rules are being put forward to make renewable energy projects install batteries or back-up systems to fill the gap if their wind or solar generators fail, sparking a row with the Greens over the obligation to ensure security of supply. The mammoth investment . . .
The second day of budget estimates yielded a big reveal from Energy Minister Matthew Groom, as a $300 million renewable energy project in the Central Highlands was announced. After the Minister had finished sparring with Labor and the Greens in his morning estimates hearing, he detailed the sprawling plan to develop a wind farm at Wild Cattle Hill. The announcement comes a month after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull outlined his vision for Tasmania to become the renewable energy “battery of . . .
The backers of an audacious plan to build an $8 billion, 2000 megawatt wind farm off the coast of Gippsland – Australia’s first offshore wind farm – have waited for years for prices for the technology to come down to viable levels. “We have been sitting very quietly on this for a number of years waiting for policy certainty and for pricing to come down, and it has and we think it will continue to do so,” said Andy Evans, . . .
As the battle to stop a windfarm and energy park development in the Southern Flinders intensifies, concerned residents of Beetaloo Valley and Crystal Brook have a new ally in Port Pirie Regional Council. The proposed plan by Neoen Energy hit another hurdle on Wednesday night, as PPRC voted to “actively oppose” the plan in line with their development policy for the zone. The energy park would see 16 wind farm towers installed at the southern beginnings of the Flinders Ranges . . .
A major wind farm that has sparked division in a rural community north of Canberra has been approved, but with 17 fewer turbines to allay community concerns. The Planning Assessment Commission has given the green light to build the Rye Park Wind Farm near Boorowa, on the south-west slopes of New South Wales. The commission has cut the number of proposed turbines from 109 to 92, despite the NSW Department of Planning and Environment originally recommending it be further reduced . . .
NSW planning authorities have approved the Rye Park wind farm project near Boorowa, but with 17 fewer turbines to appease concerned community members. The commission cut the number of proposed turbines from 109 to 92, despite the NSW Department of Planning and Environment recommending in March the project’s scope be reduced to 84 wind turbines. The major renewables project has divided the community for several years and faced significant community opposition as the wind farm developers wrestled to get the . . .
Foreign companies dominate ownership of Australia’s wind farm developments, taking an estimated $1.7 billion a year in renewable energy subsidies offshore. Sixty per cent of existing wind farms are owned by foreign firms. This will increase to 69 per cent when four projects now in development are complete. And it will rise further still when the nation’s biggest wind farm development, Stockyard Hill in Victoria, is built. The sale by Origin Energy of the Stockyard Hill wind farm project to . . .