Wind Power News: Australia
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A wind farm planned near Tarago, south of Goulburn, may not go ahead if a local council has its way. The Jupiter wind farm, set to host 88 turbines, is currently under consideration by the NSW planning authorities. Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council said it would oppose the project, citing noise pollution and increased bushfire danger among its concerns. The council’s administrator Tim Overall said there were 250 properties in the area that would be affected. “Fifty-nine of those will be . . .
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday slammed authorities of South Australia (SA) state over four massive power outages in five months during a 40 degrees Celsius heatwave. South Australians are expected to experience more blackouts on Thursday following a decision on Wednesday evening to deliberately cut power in almost 40,000 homes by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), which said it was forced to do so due to “a lack of available generation supply in SA”, Xinhua news agency . . .
South Australia’s electricity grid has been called a “basket case” after yet another blackout but the same problems could soon spread to the rest of Australia. Residents have been furious over the blackout due to “load shedding” last night, which plunged 40,000 properties into darkness on Wednesday night, at the end of a 42C day. “South Australia has been a basket case when it comes to energy policy and we’ve made the point that (Premier) Jay Weatherill’s big experiment has . . .
Opposition energy spokesman Dan Van Holst Pellekaan said SA's had an over-reliance on wind energy, which led to the power failure. "Yesterday it was not windy, which means that we did not have enough generation online yesterday, and that is actually the responsibility of the Government," he said. "The State Government provides permission for every single wind-farm that is developed in SA, and they've provided too many of those permissions."
Malcolm Turnbull has blasted Labor’s renewable energy “horror show” by seizing on blackouts in South Australia to warn of outages across the country under the “insanity” of Bill Shorten’s 50 per cent renewables target. As the energy crisis dominated parliamentary debate, the national energy market operator ordered a mothballed Adelaide gas-fired power station to fire up to increase supply and prevent further outages. As Canberra residents were urged to restrict electricity use today by limiting cooking and avoiding using home . . .
The Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council is set to oppose the construction of the Jupiter wind farm at Tarago saying the green energy site would be an eye-sore on the region. The NSW department of planning will likely have the final say on the project, but the council’s opposition is another hurdle for EPYC who have been trying to get it off the ground since 2014. QPRC’s planning and strategy committee will meet Wednesday night and is expected to conclude the energy . . .
It is exquisite that we are to place our energy future in renewables, the energy source most prone to the beast that we are trying to slay: climate change. Non-renewables, by contrast, are least reliant on climate. Come hell or high water, coal, gas and oil can be pumped, refined and burned. Fossil fuels are our natural store built from eons of climate change. They are our insurance against the effects of climate change. The climate change gambit has always . . .
Neighbouring property owners to the Bialla Wind Farm as well as the general public say they are worried about the impacts the farm will have on the region. Nine of 10 speakers at a public meeting held in Crookwell last Thursday were opposed to the project. At the meeting, the Planning Assessment Commission was considering the proposal, which has been recommended for approval by the Department of Planning and Environment. The proposed site is less than eight kilometres from two . . .
Taxpayer subsidies to meet state and federal renewable energy targets have reached $3 billion a year and include spiralling hidden subsidies paid for by business and household electricity customers which go unreported in government balance sheets. The true cost of subsidising renewable energy generation is estimated to have almost doubled since 2011 and is forecast to continue rising as Labor states set even more ambitious targets. The first study to investigate the complex range of renewable energy subsidies across the . . .
Debate has ramped up over the potential impacts a proposed $200 million wind farm could have on a rural community on the New South Wales southern tablelands. The Planning Assessment Commission held a public meeting in Crookwell on Thursday to consider the Biala Wind Farm being proposed south-west of the town. Newtricity wants to build up to 31 turbines, each up to 185 metres high, sparking concerns about potential impacts on local birdlife and the amenity of the area. Nine . . .