Irrigators under the pump from Hydro plans

Posted on June 26, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Matthew Denholm Source: Tasmanian irrigators — some ­already facing an overnight ­doubling of power bills — fear Malcolm Turnbull’s push for massive pumped hydro schemes will cause further crippling hikes in energy and water costs. About 2000 Tasmanian businesses are on contract pricing rather than regulated tariffs, and many have been forced to… Read more »

Solarcity fails to gain traction with their complaint against solar tax

Posted on June 23, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Jacques-Pierre Dumas Source: Solarcity, New Zealand’s leading solar services provider was denied the complaint they filed against solar tax in NZ. The complaint states that solar tax breaches the electricity industry code and was supported by over 45,000 Kiwis. This solar tax can cost consumers an extra $239 per year without providing any… Read more »

Lyon launches first utility-scale battery storage market services tender

Posted on June 23, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Nell Walker Source: Lyon Group is launching a brand new market-driven approach that will determine the services provided by its portfolio of large-scale battery storage projects. The company is seeking interest from businesses wanting battery storage in Victoria, South Australia, and Queensland. Included in Lyon Group’s capabilities is a new $660 million combined large-scale… Read more »

Gorgon LNG project to show business case for carbon waste storage

Posted on June 22, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Angela Macdonald-Smith Source: The start-up of Chevron’s $2 billion carbon capture and storage project anticipated later this year should help put to rest arguments that the process is too expensive to be used commercially, according to Brad Page, head of the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute. The US energy major is in… Read more »

New biorefinery planned for Queensland, Australia

Posted on June 22, 2017. Australasian News.

Source: The government of Queensland, Australia has announced plans for a new biorefinery in the state. The new facility, which will be built and operated by US company Amyris, suggests the drive to attract biorefinery investors to Queensland is starting to pay off. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, speaking in San Diego at the BIO2017… Read more »

Canberrans raise $3.07M to build nation’s largest community solar farm

Posted on June 21, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Georgina Connery Source: ACT investors have pumped $3.07 million into Australia’s largest community solar project planned to be built on a Canberra vineyard. The project has secured the full capital investment required and plans tabled with the ACT government await final approval. Jeff Layton Thompson and his partner Deb Cleland count themselves as “mum… Read more »

Ice Energy and Apricus Sign Australia Distribution Deal

Posted on June 21, 2017. Australasian News.

Source: Ice Energy, the leading provider of distributed thermal energy storage solutions, announced that it has entered into an agreement calling for Apricus Australia to become the exclusive distributor of all Ice Energy products in Australia. Apricus will market and sell to all market segments, including utilities, commercial and industrial, and residential, and will be responsible… Read more »

Tasmania expands wind generating capacity with new projects

Posted on June 19, 2017. Australasian News.

Source: Leading worldwide renewable developer, UPC Renewables, has announced plans to construct two wind energy projects in the northwest of Tasmania, which will have a total capacity of up to 1,000 megawatts (MW). UPC Renewables made the announcement last week, stating that one wind farm will be located on Robbins Island and other on… Read more »

Prospective pumped hydro sites in South Australia

Posted on June 19, 2017. Australasian News.

Source: Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have identified 185 sites in South Australia potentially suitable for pumped hydro storage, which may help secure Australia’s electricity grid. The ANU team has considered the possible benefits of using hydro power energy storage, where water is pumped uphill and stored to generate electricity on demand. In light of Chief… Read more »

to-the-point: EEW gets nods for 410 MW of Queensland solar

Posted on June 16, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Ivan Shumkov Source: The Australian unit of UK-based Eco Energy World Ltd (EEW) has won approvals for three solar projects with a combined capacity of 410 MW, it announced on Tuesday. All three projects are located in Queensland and will be hooked directly to the local grid, including EEW’s largest solar project to… Read more »