Hydro-electric support welcome, but not enough

Media Release 28 March 2012 Friends of the Earth welcomes the news that the Victorian government will support Cetus Energy’s development of its specialised hydro generation system. However, this support is currently overshadowed by other actions to support coal over renewable energy and climate action. Energy Minister Michael O’Brien has said the technology will make “an important contribution to Victoria’s energy mix in the future” and has granted $1.6 million in funding. Friends of the Earth renewable energy campaigner Ben Courtice questions how important the technology will be overall. “It’s great if we can get extra energy out of water … Continue reading Hydro-electric support welcome, but not enough

Victorian vineyard runs off wind power

This story is a great example of locally produced wind power. The Elgo Estate vineyard in the Strathbogie Ranges has a 150kW wind turbine which has been erected on site to serve as the winery’s main source of electricity. The following is lifted directly from their website and covers their approach to sustainability. About us Elgo Estate has over 50 hectares of vineyards, featuring Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon and Cabernet Franc. A new winery which employs traditional winemaking methods complimented by environmental and technological assets allowing production of superb wines. The Elgo Estate … Continue reading Victorian vineyard runs off wind power