Policy uncertainty has stalled Australia’s transition to renewable energy for years, and the Renewable Energy Target review announced on February 17 looks set to continue this worrying and regressive trend.
The Abbott government’s RET review has forced Origin Energy to hold off building its Stockyard Hill wind farm. The energy company must wait until the RET review is released and government’s response before advancing the project.
CBD Energy said it has signed a power purchase agreement with TRUenergy that will allow construction of the 108MW Taralga wind farm to begin later this year – its first utility scale wind project in Australia.
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The $250 million Taralga wind farm – which won approval only after a fierce court battle – had been in doubt about the failure of the AusChina joint venture that CBD Energy signed last year to take the project forward. However, CBD then took on the principal development role to secure the PPA and equity and financing partners. The PPA is a key element in gaining financing, and partners and the EPC contractor are expected to be announced soon.
While wind farms are being blocked and stopped by state government legislation, gas plants are all go. But they aren’t necessarily very popular with their neighbours. Take the following two stories, one about the Port Campbell gas plant, the other … Continue reading Gas plants on the nose with locals
From the ABC. Adelaide’s Central Market is the latest of eight new solar-powered sites around the city. The $60 million project has been funded by the Federal Government and a consortium of companies led by Origin Energy. Program manager Dario De Bortoli says the 300 solar panels will generate about 70,000 kilowatt hours of energy per year for the stalls at the market. “It’s an opportunity for us to showcase the technology of solar power and the flexibility of the use solar power at a site that is historically important,” he said. Continue reading Adelaide Central Market gets solar panels