Wind power

AGL CEO: Scrap RET, start again fresh

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AGL's Michael Fraser claims investors no longer have confidence in RET sufficient to support investment in new projects, suggests we need new policy framework which also encourages exit of old generators. Self-serving - yes, but can we restore investor confidence?

Goldwind resists order to shift turbines

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Will challenge NSW Government order to remove 9 turbines said to be misplaced.

Here come the rest: Micropower's quiet takeover

Micropower - a category defined as modern renewables plus cogeneration – now produces one-quarter of world electricity ... yet some utilities still regard it as trivial.

The pitfalls of using renewable energy as a political football

This week's opening gambit from the Coalition on the RET is just the start of a fascinating battle over much loved and seemingly loathed renewable energy. In the end, states may have the last word.

Labor rejects proposed RET cut, will cost 'thousands of jobs'

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Negotiations at impasse, government's proposed 60% cut to renewable energy construction will 'ruin renewable energy industry' says Labor.

Slashing the RET – it’s about defending mates, not consumers

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Apparently we need to slash the RET to reduce power bills. That's what they also said about the repealing the carbon tax. So what do the latest inflation figures show we actually saved and can we trust them that this isn't just about helping out their corporate mates?

Wind tower maker sheds 100 jobs amid RET uncertainty

Portland metal fabricator and wind turbine maintenance business Keppel Prince forced to mothball operations.

Planned cut to RET 'a free kick' for fossil fuels

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There's no technical limit preventing more than 20% renewable energy in a power system, with experts saying Australia could reach 90% renewable electricity by 2040 by natural attrition of existing fossil fuel power stations.

Government issues renewables death warrant

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Minister Ian Macfarlane has finally declared the government's hand on the Renewable Energy Target - it would be devastating for wind power and large-scale solar and, potentially, also commercial rooftop solar.

Macfarlane backs Warburton RET position

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Macfarlane delivers blow to clean energy industry, wants a floating target tied to rising demand.

Counting all costs, wind and solar are the cheapest

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An Ecofys study has had a crack at levelising the true cost of energy across Europe, and has found wind is cheapest with solar and nuclear next.

Tesla meets Alibaba; SolarCity taps online debt

The week in clean energy saw both green cars and green bonds expand their online presence, in China and the US respectively, while Vestas set a record for power produced by a turbine in a single day.

Four misleading mistakes about coal vs renewables

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Analysts and journalists can be easily led up the garden path about how important coal is, and how renewables will never amount to anything. Here's four ways you could be misled if you're not careful.

CCA to conduct 'limited' RET Review

Authority to bow to legislative requirement to probe policy.

Capital may see record-sized turbines

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Australia's biggest blades slated for proposed wind farm.

King Island wind farm feasibility study nearly complete

Viability of $2 billion, 600MW project soon to be revealed.

Activists seek endorsement for Vic wind laws softening

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Renewables advocates call on Red Tape Commissioner to investigate Napthine govt extreme-end wind farm rules.

Japan utilities repel renewables; UK solar feels pinch

The week in clean energy saw Japanese utilities trying to offset feed-in tariffs by blacklisting solar farms, while large-scale solar took an expected knock in Britain.

Napthine produces a sceptic's energy policy plan

The Victorian Government’s energy statement paints an expanded brown coal vision for the state, coupled with weakened energy efficiency and silence on renewables.

Gullen Range faces turbine relocation order

Developer Goldwind given 29 days to respond to legal challenge.

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