Australia and Indonesia – the OPEC of coal

Posted on February 27, 2017. Australasian News.

Source: satprnews.com The Australia Institute says Turnbull must discuss coal with Jokowi. Indonesian President Joko Widodo will visit Australia this weekend, as The Australia Institute releases new research on Indonesian energy policy. The Institute has called for coal, energy and climate to be on the agenda for talks with President Widodo. Australia and Indonesia are… Read more »

Christchurch City Council to lobby Government to source only renewable energy

Posted on February 24, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Tina Law Source: stuff.co.nz The Christchurch City Council will lobby the Government to negotiate electricity contracts only with companies supplying 100 per cent renewable energy. Despite opposition from climate change advocacy groups, the council decided on Thursday to sign agreements with four electricity suppliers – Meridian, Genesis, Contact and Trustpower – for the next 30 months. The deal is worth… Read more »

Mills Oakley acts in sale of Queensland’s largest solar farm

Posted on February 24, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Sol Dolor Source: australasianlawyer.com.au Mills Oakley has acted on the sale of Queensland’s largest solar plant. The national firm advised Spanish renewable energy giant Elecnor S.A. on the sale of its 25 MW Barcaldine Solar Farm for an undisclosed amount. The farm has 79,000 panels, and its estimated annual output is sufficient to meet… Read more »

Australian firm develops molten silicon thermal energy storage system

Posted on February 23, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Dan McCue Source: renewableenergymagazine.com Australian firm 1414 Degrees, formerly Latent Heat Storage, has developed a molten silicon thermal energy storage system it says can store 500 KWhs of energy in a 70-centimeter cube. If true, this is approximately 36 times the capacity of Tesla’s 14KWh Powerwall 2 lithium ion home storage battery utilizing the same space…. Read more »

Labor’s push to grow renewable energy

Posted on February 23, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Malcolm Farr Source: news.com.au LABOR is pledging today to make Australia the energy capital of Asia with a massive renewal of its commitment to renewable power sources. In a direct challenge to the Coalition’s coal-based political campaign, Labor would relegate fossil fuels to a secondary power sources. And it is calling on Prime Minister… Read more »

Energy Minister welcomes IEA review

Posted on February 22, 2017. Australasian News.

Source: voxy.co.nz A review of New Zealand’s energy policies by the International Energy Agency (IEA) generally praises our approach while pointing out further opportunities, Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins says. IEA Executive Director Dr Fatih Birol today released Energy Policies of IEA Countries: New Zealand 2016 Review. The IEA, an autonomous body within the… Read more »

Australia on the cusp of battery boom for renewables storage

Posted on February 22, 2017. Australasian News.

Source: abc.net.au The market for batteries to store electricity generated by solar panels is in its early days, but it’s set to boom like solar has over the past decade, according to the experts. Batteries are expensive at the moment, but costs are coming down rapidly—so much so that batteries, coupled with solar panels on… Read more »

Senvion gets EPC contracts from Nexif Energy for two Australian wind farms

Posted on February 21, 2017. Australasian News.

Source: wind.cleantechnology-business-review.com Senvion has won the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts as well as maintenance agreements from Nexif Energy for two wind farms in Australia. The conditional contracts secured by the German firm are for the New South Wales located Glen Innes Wind Farm and the South Australia located Lincoln Gap Wind Farm. While… Read more »

Victoria ends Big Solar drought with 320MW new capacity by 2018

Posted on February 21, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Sophie Vorrath Source: reneweconomy.com.au Victoria’s large-scale solar drought appears to have well and truly broken, with the news this week that work is set to begin on 320MW of large-scale solar farms near Mildura in the state’s west. The three roughly 100MW grid-connected solar farms are to be built by Australian company Overland Sun Farming… Read more »

Josh Frydenberg flags changes to allow CEFC to invest in carbon capture and storage

Posted on February 20, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Eliza Borrello Source: abc.net.au Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has revealed the Government is considering lifting a ban on allowing the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to invest in carbon capture and storage. The technology involves capturing carbon dioxide from a power plant and burying it underground in a bid to reduce emissions. “Carbon… Read more »