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Australia’s War on Wind Energy is Shortsighted and Ideological

Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott isn’t much of a fan of wind power. In an interview with Alan Jones, the country’s most popular radio shock jock, Abbott said he thought wind farms were “visually awful” and they “make a lot of noise.” You know, like coal mines? But the Abbott Government’s opposition to wind farms … Continue reading Australia’s War on Wind Energy is Shortsighted and Ideological

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Australia’s war on wind power threatens biggest renewable energy project

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s hostility to “visually awful” wind farms has sent a chill through the industry and could jeopardize the country’s biggest renewable energy project, a $2 billion-plus wind energy and solar power plant in the country’s north. In an early sign that a new Federal policy could curtail major renewable projects, the … Continue reading Australia’s war on wind power threatens biggest renewable energy project

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Australia controversially scraps wind energy and solar power from clean energy investment scheme

Australia’s federal government has antagonized the solar energy industry by announcing that small- scale solar projects would be exempt from government funding.   The government ordered the 7.4 billion U.S dollar Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC)to stop investing in wind and small- scale solar energy, in what has been described by the opposition as escalating … Continue reading Australia controversially scraps wind energy and solar power from clean energy investment scheme

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott under fire for order to stop wind power and solar energy i

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has come under fire from the opposition and investors after ordering the government’s A$10 billion (US$7.45 billion) Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to stop investing in wind and energy solar power.   Abbott, who has described wind farms as “visually awful” and made no secret of his desire to axe … Continue reading Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott under fire for order to stop wind power and solar energy i

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Abbott’s war on wind energy in Australia

Labor has lashed out at a government decision to instruct the Clean Energy Finance Corporation not to fund wind power projects, dubbing it Tony Abbott’s ‘war on wind farms’. The $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation has been ordered to focus on new technologies instead of wind farms, under a revised mandate drafted by the … Continue reading Abbott’s war on wind energy in Australia

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Solar power and wind energy in Australia: Abbott government extends renewable energy investment

Trade minister confirms Clean Energy Finance Corporation will no longer invest in wind power projects, but disputes report that Greg Hunt was outmaneuvered. Clean Energy Finance Corporation banned from investing in small-scale solar energy projects in move industry claims is ‘revenge politics’ that will strangle the sector. The federal government has ordered the Clean Energy … Continue reading Solar power and wind energy in Australia: Abbott government extends renewable energy investment

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Wind farm with GE wind turbines will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 123,000 homes

Renewable Energy Systems (“RES”), together with GE (NYSE: GE) and Downer (ASX: DOW), today announced a major contract for the supply of 75 wind turbines to the 240MW Ararat Wind Farm in south-west Victoria.  In what will be the third largest wind farm in Australia, the $450 million project will be financed by shareholders Partners … Continue reading Wind farm with GE wind turbines will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 123,000 homes

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GE invests in $348 mln in wind farm after Australian subsidy deadlock ends

General Electric will help fund a $348 million Australian wind farm, the country’s third largest, after political leaders ended a deadlock over state subsidies that had stalled the $13 billion industry for over a year. GE, Swiss private equity firm Partners Group Holding AG , Canadian pension fund OPTrust and UK-based Renewable Energy Systems Ltd … Continue reading GE invests in $348 mln in wind farm after Australian subsidy deadlock ends

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Abbott continues ‘ugly’ attack on wind turbines

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has continued his attack on wind turbines, labelling them ‘ugly’ a day after lamenting he had been unable to restrict clean energy growth further. But the prime minister admitted his only up-close encounter with a wind farm is the partly Howard government-funded sole turbine on Rottnest Island, which saves the island … Continue reading Abbott continues ‘ugly’ attack on wind turbines

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Australians backs solar power

A survey of 1200 people has found solar energy is the most popular electricity in Australia, Fairfax media reported Monday.   The study, funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency investigated the potential public barriers large-solar farms might encounter and how local communities might be won over. The survey found 87 percent of respondents supported … Continue reading Australians backs solar power

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Renewable Energy Target in Australia: 33,000 gigawatt hours which equates to about 24 per cent of wind power and solar energy

Under the new deal, the RET – which was a bipartisan commitment of five  per cent clean energy by 2020 – will be cut from 41,000 gigawatt hours to 33,000 gigawatt hours which equates to about 24 per cent of wind power and solar energy by the end of the decade.   After more than … Continue reading Renewable Energy Target in Australia: 33,000 gigawatt hours which equates to about 24 per cent of wind power and solar energy

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Queensland targeting 50% renewable energy by 2030

Minister for Energy and Water Supply Mark Bailey said Queensland is open for business and keen to capitalise on the state’s world class solar resources. Mr Bailey told the Australian Solar Council in Melbourne this week the government had a vision to see projects of the future become a reality – like the Mount Emerald … Continue reading Queensland targeting 50% renewable energy by 2030

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Government of dinosaurs will give Australia a ‘fossilised economy’

Following a recent meeting of federal and state ministers with the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figures, the federal government announced that it will publish by mid-year the emissions target it will take to the Paris Climate Summit in November. However, even if all the world’s governments agree … Continue reading Government of dinosaurs will give Australia a ‘fossilised economy’

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Australia could reach 100% renewables by 2040 with solar energy and wind power

Australia could reach 100 per cent renewables as early as 2040 by adding 1.9GW of solar photovoltaic PV and 1.9GW of wind power capacity a year, according to one of Australia’s top renewable energy experts.   Andrew Blakers, who is the director for Sustainable Energy Systems at the Australian National University, told the Australian Solar … Continue reading Australia could reach 100% renewables by 2040 with solar energy and wind power

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Australia falls behind in renewable energy

Australia has fallen behind similar economies around the world in the generation of renewable energy, a new report has found. The Climate Council’s new report, The global renewable energy boom: How Australia is missing out, says that despite having enough renewable energy resources to power the country 500 times over, jobs and investment in the … Continue reading Australia falls behind in renewable energy

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Wind power in Australia: Vestas wind turbines for a 20 MW wind farm

In Australia, Vestas installed the first wind turbine in 1993, and has installed around 50 percent of all wind turbines since then. Vestas has received a 19.8 MW order for six of its V117-3.3 MW wind turbines for the Coonooer Bridge Wind Farm in Australia.    The order has been placed by Coonooer Bridge Wind … Continue reading Wind power in Australia: Vestas wind turbines for a 20 MW wind farm

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Australian wind energy company Windlab will begin building a $50m, 19.4MW wind farm northwest of Bendigo

A new wind farm, approved in the Buloke Shire and due to begin construction soon, has a footprint of just 4.5ha (11 acres) with just six wind towers approved. It’s expected to have an output of up to 19.4 Megawatts.   “Reducing the buffer zone from 2km to 1km means a lot of smaller projects … Continue reading Australian wind energy company Windlab will begin building a $50m, 19.4MW wind farm northwest of Bendigo

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Wind power and solar energy could help Australia generate 100 percent of its power by renewable energy by 2050

The falling costs of carbon-free technologies such as wind energy and solar power could help Australia generate 100 percent of its power by renewable energy resources by 2050, a new report revealed on Tuesday.   Research by the Australian National University (ANU) said a fully green-powered society was possible if there were clear and stable … Continue reading Wind power and solar energy could help Australia generate 100 percent of its power by renewable energy by 2050

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Vestas urges Australian parliament to support Clean Energy Council’s compromise proposal on Renewable Energy Target

Australia now one step away from a return to bipartisan renewable energy policy. After more than a year of uncertainty, the Australian Government can act quickly to secure jobs and investment in rural and regional Australia by accepting the Renewable Energy Target (RET) compromise proposed by the Clean Energy Council (CEC) to break the current … Continue reading Vestas urges Australian parliament to support Clean Energy Council’s compromise proposal on Renewable Energy Target

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