community info session on geothermal power

GEELONG GEOTHERMAL POWER PROJECT COMMUNITY INFORMATION SESSION GEOTHERMAL EXPLORATION DRILLING SITES Greenearth Energy via its Geelong Geothermal Power Project (GGPP) is exploring the opportunity to develop geothermal energy, a zero carbon emission energy source, in the area north of Anglesea and west of Forest Road. We are currently in the process of selecting a site for the first exploration well. Greenearth Energy is holding a community information day to seek community feedback. Public displays will be available for viewing from 11.00am to 4.00pm and two presentations will be delivered at 11.00am and 2.00pm. Greenearth Energy invites the local community and … Continue reading community info session on geothermal power

‘All fired up over Tarrone power station emissions’

The following comes from the Warrnambool Standard, journalist: SHANE FOWLES All fired up over Tarrone power station emissions It will be most interesting to see if the Minister grants a 2 km buffer for the gas fired power station. If he intends to give a 2 km buffer to residents around a proposed wind farm, it would seem only fair to grant the same right in the case of a gas power station. RESIDENTS adjacent the proposed Tarrone gas-fired power station have called for a buffer around the plant because of noise and emission concerns. A petition with 21 signatures … Continue reading ‘All fired up over Tarrone power station emissions’

‘Technological advances widen energy choices for homes and businesses’

This piece comes from the Sunday Herald Sun, June 05, 2011. Journalist:     Mitchell Toy Technological advances widen energy choices for homes and businesses SCIENTISTS hope algae farms, ocean buoys and splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen could pave a new way for the besieged energy industry as Victoria goes green. As Ross Garnaut’s latest climate report recommends $3 billion of government money annually for renewable energy, new innovations are moving from the lab to the home. While solar and wind power are pegged as the top renewable energy sources for the coming decades, new techniques including wave power and deep … Continue reading ‘Technological advances widen energy choices for homes and businesses’

No new coal in Anglesea – Time to make the transition

what would you prefer in your back yard – a coal mine or a wind farm? Since 1961 Alcoa has been operating a coal mine just inland from Anglesea on Victoria’s Surf Coast. The mine and attached power station provides energy for the Point Henry smelter, which produces aluminium for local use and export. Under the original 1961 lease conditions, Alcoa has an automatic option to mine the site for another 50 years, but the company is currently in negotiations with the State government about a substantial expansion of it’s open cut mine. They are seeking a license to operate … Continue reading No new coal in Anglesea – Time to make the transition

western Victoria to benefit from renewable energy jobs ‘boom’

This is a follow up on the report we did on the recent Climate Institute on the jobs potential in clean power, and comes from the Hamilton Spectator. ENERGY BOOM Jobs potential in clean power 3 March 2011, by IAN WHITING AUSTRALIA is in the early stages of a clean energy boom, with tens of billions of dollars to be invested in renewable energy in regional areas over the coming decades. And south-west Victoria is in sight of gaining a significant slice of the boom. This follows ground-breaking research launched this week by Federal Independent, Tony Windsor, demonstrating not only … Continue reading western Victoria to benefit from renewable energy jobs ‘boom’

Setting price will create ‘34,000 jobs’

From The Age, Adam Morton. Some key quotes: The new jobs would be concentrated in the state’s Western District, central highlands and the Mallee. More than 1500 jobs created in wind and geothermal energy in the south-west around Warrnambool, Portland and Hamilton. ■ Nearly 1200 new jobs relating to building and running large-scale solar plants in the Mallee. ■ About 600 new jobs in wind in the central highlands around Ballarat and Bendigo. Setting price will create ‘34,000 jobs’ February 28, 2011 A CARBON price aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 25 per cent by 2020 could help create … Continue reading Setting price will create ‘34,000 jobs’

Study claims 100 percent renewable energy possible by 2030

The following comes from the PhysOrg website. New research has shown that it is possible and affordable for the world to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, if there is the political will to strive for this goal. Achieving 100 percent renewable energy would mean the building of about four million 5 MW wind turbines, 1.7 billion 3 kW roof-mounted solar photovoltaic systems, and around 90,000 300 MW solar power plants. Mark Delucchi, one of the authors of the report, which was published in the journal Energy Policy, said the researchers had aimed to show enough renewable energy is … Continue reading Study claims 100 percent renewable energy possible by 2030

green jobs growth in California outpaces the rest of the economy

This report from California-based think-tank Next 10 shows that ‘green’ jobs in California are growing more than three times faster than overall state employment. A key quote: “From January 1995 to 2009, Energy Generation has accounted for the largest job increases adding nearly 20,000 jobs across the state. Expanding by eight percent over a single year, Energy Generation added nearly 3,000 jobs”. This shows what is possible when state government’s put good policy in place – in this instance, California’s clean energy policies. It makes the Victorian government’s intention to enact a regressive wind policy look even more out of … Continue reading green jobs growth in California outpaces the rest of the economy

“Geothermal energy: All the benefits of nuclear – but none of the problems”

The following is from the UK based journalist Damian Carrington, writing in the Guardian. By mass, 99.9% of the Earth is hotter than 100C. That means that not far below our feet is the power to boil unlimited water and generate clean, renewable energy. Is the UK throwing all it can at this extraordinary opportunity? Of course not, who do you think we are? Germans? That contrasts strikingly with the more glamorous sister of deep geothermal energy, nuclear power. Both ultimately tap the heat generated by the decay of radioactive elements. Geothermal plants send water down holes to bring to … Continue reading “Geothermal energy: All the benefits of nuclear – but none of the problems”

Where to for Geothermal now the election is over?

The following is a report from Peter Gardner, who ran as an independent in the seat of Morwell in the state election. A key focus of his campaign was to generate awareness of the massive geothermal resource under the Latrobe Valley. At this point it is not known what the position of the Coalition will be on this potential source of low carbon energy. PRESS RELEASE 3.12.10 Summary of campaign for geothermal Energy under the coal The prospect of exploiting the geothermal energy under the coal was made an issue by Independent candidate for Morwell Peter Gardner. In his campaign … Continue reading Where to for Geothermal now the election is over?