Wind power

RETRACTED: Councils plan big renewable energy auction to bypass power retailers

A Melbourne City Council official has informed Climate Spectator that while Melbourne City Council has teamed-up with several other councils to procure renewable energy the amount they will seek will not ever approach 1200 megawatts in spite of this being the goal of the council for its own municipality.

Trustpower cuts value of SA wind farm

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Writes down Snowtown 2 due to 9.4% lower production than estimated.

CEFC says wind sector doesn't need them

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Senior executive of the green bank says many wind projects "don't require our involvement", indicating they will bow to government instruction to pull from sector.

The week in carbon & clean energy

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As plans for Paris climate summit plough on in spite of attacks, Cambridge University study indicates some equity fund holdings could lose 45% of value due to spread of carbon pricing while global spending on emission abatement projects and green bonds surge.

Rottnest Island adding solar to go almost half renewables

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Energy management controls will align desalination plant power use with solar & wind output, avoiding need for batteries.

Infigen weighs growth options

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Wind power company enjoys YTD revenue and share price lift after RET resolution.

Coal and power demand recovery continues

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The latest CEDEX index for power sector shows black coal continuing its recovery since the carbon price was repealed and renewables went into a review-induced investment freeze. In addition Queensland's power demand is spiking upwards while other states' demand remain flat.

IEA sees radical shifts in spite of its conservatism

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The assumptions underpinning the International Energy Agency's projections of the growth of renewable energy and the countries' follow-through on emission reductions have been criticised as unrealistically pessimistic and out-of-date. Even so they still see a radical shift in the world's energy market.

Why does the IEA keep underestimating solar and wind?

The International Energy Agency released its latest World Energy Outlook on Monday,stating they 'see clear signs that the energy transition is underway.' The problem is, the numbers they use in the report don’t really match up with this stated optimism, repeating a historical pattern of error.

Is our power system operator predicting blackouts?

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If you believe some in the media we are apparently at imminent risk of suffering serious blackouts as a result of proliferating solar panels and wind farms. But is that what the energy market operator actually said?

Renewable certificate prices continue upwards as concerns rise of 2017 shortage

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Large-scale renewable energy certificates or LGCs are close to passing the $70 mark with little sign of retailers signing onto agreements for new projects and concerns growing about a shortage in 2017. Meanwhile small-scale certificates are stuck at the price cap as the clearing house deficit exceeds 2 million certificates.

Are intermittent, unreliable wind farms causing havoc in SA again?

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Parts of South Australia lost power supply last night due to the loss of grid connection with Victoria. Is this a sign of things to come from a grid increasingly dominated by unreliable wind and solar power?

Chile goes 100% renewables in power procurement auction

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Tender to procure 1200GWh of power goes entirely to wind and solar including US$97/MWh for solar with storage project.

Kennedy wind farm to be constructed in combination with solar farm

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Construction scheduled to commence within 12 months providing a form of baseload power due to solar complementing wind.

Govt appoints wind farm commissioner and scientific committee

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Andrew Dyer, former chairman of Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Council, new commissioner.

Coal and emissions stall as renewables rise

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The latest CEDEX electricity report now incorporates data on solar generation, which alongside hydro manages a rise in generation as coal stalled. This brought a halt to what had been a steady rise in emissions since the carbon price was axed.

Origin has credit issues but what’s AGL’s problem?

The renewable energy certificate market is booming, yet retailers aren’t much interested in bringing on new supply. Origin’s credit problems provide a new insight into why, but it can’t explain AGL’s contradictory climate stance.

Hunt reassures investors in renewables, says he 'killed' BOM investigation

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Environment minister says RET settings 'rock solid', Bureau of Meteorology is "world class".

Turnbull’s ministerial shift suggests climate change is afoot

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It appears Greg Hunt now has responsibility for the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. It likely signals that Turnbull will quietly dump attempts to abolish the agencies and the Government’s ideological crusade against renewable energy.

Australia drops out of top 10 renewable energy markets due to ‘wind war’

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Ernst & Young says Government waging ‘war’ against wind power in downgrading Australia’s attractiveness rating for investment.

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