Wind power

Emissions intensity resumes upward march; WA confirms demand dip

The share of black and brown coal edged higher while gas dipped in the NEM last month. Meanwhile, electricity demand in the west continued its fall back to the main pack.

Hybrid system to take off-grid Flinders 60% renewable

ARENA tips $5m into 'modular, scalable' $13m HydroTas project for island.

Solar progress in UK, India; Audi eyes EV limelight

The week in clean energy saw Europe progress on ETS reform, cheaper-than-expected solar costs in the UK, Indian rail eye PV land and contracts and Audi prepare for a grand EV entry.

Cleantech stocks enjoy a solid month with 7.8% lift

Energy efficiency firm Aeris and NZ renewables companies helped the clean energy index shadow a surging benchmark ASX200 across February.

Solar projects go as little $99MWh as UK awards bids

First CfD auctions deliver encouraging bids, but cheapest solar bids 'inconceivable'.

February enviro markets update - STCs and LGCs

A stable month for the small-scale renewables market was boosted by last week's target announcement while the large-scale spot price saw a spectacular 26% rise on surging Canberra intrigue.

Vattenfall to build offshore wind at record US11.52c/kWh

Swedish utility's 400MW project to run at 32% discount to Denmark's latest.

Macfarlane threatens: take my RET deal or else

The government has now publicly confirmed a large-scale RET offer above the 30,000GWh range, with Greg Hunt saying he's optimistic of a deal with Labor soon that goes 'significantly further' than 20%. However, Ian Macfarlane is striking a very different tone.

The Eiffel Tower just got a wind turbine makeover

Two custom-designed, 'sculptural wind turbines' are now producing enough power to cover the famous tower's busy first floor while the retrofit has also included LEDs, heat-pumps and solar panels.

Q&A: The renewables climate in Australia and her neighbours

GE's Asia-Pacific chief shares his views on the market and policy for renewables around Asia, how Australia - and its RET - compares, and what the oil price effect will be.

Could the retailers be sidestepped?

As the LGC spot price grows and a compromise looms on the RET, might a few developers and financiers decide it's worth the risk to dive in and build some projects, even without a long term power purchase contract?

Industry, bureaucrats slam RET destruction

CEFC says sector put back 12 years; AiG says deal delay is 'playing with fire'.

Firefighters dismiss wind-brake group's buffer claims

Emergency Management chief says turbines don't negatively impact fire bomber operations.

Tracking America's wind patterns by season and state

Wind generation patterns vary across the US due to seasonal factors as well as state-specific features, such as the cold Pacific current off California's coast.

Infigen forecasts 10% production fall

Developer takes hit on wind conditions, power prices.

Citi's $100bn climate deal target; EU interconnection boost

The week in clean energy saw the investment bank trump its peers with 10-year spending goal while interconnection capacity doubled between France and Spain, a major step in the EU's cross-border power goal.

Market suggests RET deal imminent - LGCs surge to $40

It seems evident that the market is taking the view that the position of the two major political parties on the large-scale Renewable Energy Target is getting closer, and that prospects for a resolution are improving.

Abbott incites corporate civil disobedience

Tony Abbott was out again hoping repeated exaggeration would overwhelm economic reality. It's funny until you realise it acts to endorse the big power retailers' suggestions they won't comply with their obligations under a Labor deal on the RET.

Wind met 10% of Texas power demand last year

Wind generation in the state has nearly doubled from 2009, lifting its share of the market from 6.2% to 10.6% as the state underwent an 11.3% surge in electricity consumption.

New wind-brake group rises following Waubra status demotion

Victorian-based group say it's concerned about health, turbine buffers and tower heights.