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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


January 18, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Labor’s renewable target: no guarantee electricity costs won’t rise

Shadow Environment Minister Mark Butler has been unable to give an assurance that households will not pay more for electricity as a result of Labor’s target of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030. Asked repeatedly on ABC radio whether he could give the assurance, Mr Butler said Labor’s priority was replacing the three quarters of the electricity fleet which is already operating beyond its design life. “Even without renewable energy, without the climate change imperative we have, Australia now . . .

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December 20, 2016 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Another wind farm – Biala could be approved subject to strict conditions

The Department of Planning and Environment has finalised its assessment of Newtricity’s proposed Biala Wind Farm, which is located about 15 kilometres southwest of Crookwell. The Department found that the project could be approved, subject to strict conditions, and the application has now been referred to the independent Planning Assessment Commission (the Commission) for a final decision. The proposed wind farm involves the construction and operation of 31 wind turbines with a maximum height of 185 metres, and a range . . .

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December 19, 2016 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

NSW streamlines wind farm approval process

The New South Wales Government will streamline the process for approving wind farms. NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes said he wanted to encourage opportunities to harness clean energy, and ensure the interests of local communities are taken into account during project assessments. “The new framework is designed to help local communities engage earlier and more effectively with wind energy projects planned for their area. “The two key concerns that the framework aims to address relates to noise and the health . . .

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December 15, 2016 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

South Australia blackout: renewables don’t cope with rapid change report finds

A new report by a national electricity regulator has found that, as occurred during September’s statewide blackout in South Australia, renewable power sources cannot cope with rapid or large changes in frequency, leading ultimately to a “black system”. The Australian Energy Market Commission today released its interim report on its review of power system security in the national electricity market. The report found the nation’s power system is secure when voltage and frequency are maintained within defined limits, which is . . .

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December 12, 2016 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

AEMO’s third report highlights wind power link to South Australia blackout

A new report has shed more light on how the blackout in South Australia occurred and why wind power disconnected from the electricity network. The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) released its third report today with its preliminary conclusions on the causes of the “Black System” that plunged the entire state into darkness at 4.18pm on September 28. While tornadoes were found to have taken down three transmission lines ahead of the blackout, the report suggests the system could have . . .

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December 12, 2016 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

AEMO blames SA wind farms: ‘We don’t know what they are not telling us’

The Australian Energy Market Operator has reprimanded wind farm operators in South Australia for not informing the regulator about the safety settings on their turbines, which led to blackouts in September. While AEMO has been criticised about its role in the lead-up to the September 28 outage, chairman Tony Marxsen said the obligation was on wind farm owners to inform the regulator about the settings of their turbines and how they deal with adverse events. “We are facing a bit . . .

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December 12, 2016 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Renewable energy mix played role in SA blackout

South Australia’s renewables-heavy power mix was a factor in the statewide blackout in September, a new report by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has confirmed. The report is the third in a series of investigations into the extraordinary loss of power during wild storms. Previous reports confirmed a series of tornadoes severed high-voltage power lines, setting off a catastrophic chain of faults which resulted in the Heywood interconnector being cut off. The interconnector failure left the state islanded from . . .

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December 9, 2016 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Locals to fight Jupiter Wind Farm proposal outside ACT

Locals are vowing to fight a second attempt to construct the Jupiter Wind Farm between Canberra and Goulburn, which would be one of the largest in New South Wales. This week, hundreds of residents attended a public forum held by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment at Tarago, and many said they were angered by a lack of consultation over the $300 million project. An environmental impact statement by wind power company EPYC was rejected by the department last . . .

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December 2, 2016 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Second time lucky? Jupiter wind farm application lodged again

The company behind the controversial Jupiter wind farm has taken another swing at getting the green light to build 88 wind turbines near Canberra, a year after NSW officials sent them back to the drawing board. The NSW Department of Planning and Environment struck out EPYC’s application to build the wind farm five kilometres out of the Tarago township last October, after it found the company had not sufficiently addressed environmental and community concerns. But the joint Australian-Spanish venture has . . .

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November 11, 2016 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Concern that focus is on renewable energy rather than emissions reduction

As climate talks commence in Marakesh in Morrocco this week (COP22) a noted energy expert says Australians need to change the narrative around climate change. Tony Wood of think tank The Grattan Institute said as it now, Australia would struggle to meet its own emissions reduction levels promised in Paris last year. That is to reduce CO2 emissions to 26-28 per cent of the levels they were at in 2005. Mr Wood described the climate change discourse in Australia as . . .

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