Tasmania can lead the way in renewable energy, Turnbull says

Posted on August 21, 2017. Australasian News.

Source: theguardian.com The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has trumpeted Tasmania’s ability to lead the country in renewable energy at the state’s Liberal party council meeting. On Saturday, Turnbull addressed 250 delegates at the annual conference in Launceston, the party’s final gathering before a state election in March. He praised Liberal premier Will Hodgman’s economic management in… Read more »

Aussie wind farm a record-breaker

Posted on August 21, 2017. Australasian News.

Source: innovatorsmag.com Australia’s biggest wind farm will be able to power the equivalent of 260,000 homes when it is completed in 2019. The 453MW wind farm in Queensland is being developed with support from the Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF) – an AGL Energy led initiative. GE will supply 123 turbines to the record-breaking project, which will reduce C02 emissions by 1,180,000 tonnes… Read more »

Australia continues tidal energy research with $2.49 million in funding

Posted on August 17, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Gregory B. Poindexter Source: hydroworld.com The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced it will provide $2.49 million in funding to attract future investment via a 3-year project that will explore the tidal energy potential in Australia. Earlier this week, ARENA said the funding will further a $5.85 million project, “Tidal Energy in Australia: Assessing… Read more »

Canberra’s renewable energy to cost average household $114 a year in 2020

Posted on August 17, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Kirsten Lawson Source: canberratimes.com.au The cost of Canberra’s renewable energy agenda peaks in 2019 at $49 million, and 2020 at $47 million, before falling away in the years that follow. After 2026, the ACT begins to make money on the deal as wholesale electricity prices increase with the closure of coal-fired power stations. The cost per household… Read more »

First foundation poured at 180-MW Queensland wind farm

Posted on August 16, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Plamena Tisheva Source: renewablesnow.com The first foundation was poured last week at the 180-MW Mount Emerald wind farm in the Australian state of Queensland that is being developed by Ratch Australia Corp Ltd. The wind power plant will comprise 53 Vestas turbines, a mixture of 3.45-MW and 3.3-MW machines. Currently 14 of the 53… Read more »

New Zealand Super Fund shifts investments to low-carbon

Posted on August 16, 2017. Australasian News.

Source: news.xinhuanet.com About 40 percent of the 35 billion-NZ dollar (25.5 billion-U.S. dollar) New Zealand Superannuation Fund, or its global passive equity portfolio, is now low-carbon, the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation said on Tuesday. The fund is quitting or reducing holdings in 300 firms, including leading international energy companies, to reduce exposure to those… Read more »

Fold-up solar PV comes to the rescue of remote mines

Posted on August 15, 2017. Australasian News.

Source: ecogeneration.com.au Remote mining operations require plenty of electricity but are often nowhere near transmission. A reliance on diesel generation leaves them vulnerable to fuel price volatility and high transport costs, which can seriously dampen any plans for stability or growth. Many mine sites across Australia would be ideally suited to reliance on solar PV… Read more »

Port Augusta secures solar thermal plant

Posted on August 15, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Amy Green Source: transcontinental.com.au After an anxious five year wait, Port Augusta locals can finally celebrate the much anticipated announcement for a solar thermal plant to be built 30 kilometres south of Port Augusta. Following an open tender process, SolarReserve has been awarded the contract to supply all of the governments power needs in a… Read more »

A greener grid for East Asia

Posted on August 15, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Sung-Young Kim Source: eco-business.com Once enamoured with nuclear power, East Asian countries like South Korea and Taiwan are now moving swiftly towards renewables. Not long ago, the future of nuclear power was in Asia. In 2015, nine of the 10 reactors that opened globally were on the continent. But recent declarations by South Korea and Taiwan that… Read more »

ARENA, AEMO to test wind farm for power system stability in Australia

Posted on August 14, 2017. Australasian News.

Source: energyinfrastructure.cleantechnology-business-review.com The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and South Australia’s Hornsdale Stage 2 Wind Farm have partnered to test whether or not a wind farm can provide important power system stability services. HWF2 has been developed by French renewable energy company Neoen in conjunction with international infrastructure investor,… Read more »