Australia’s biggest coal state plans for life beyond coal

Originally posted at The Conversation. View the original post here. We are in the coal business. If you want decent hospitals, schools and police on the beat we all need to understand that. – Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, June 2012. It … Continue reading Australia’s biggest coal state plans for life beyond coal

WA by-election leaves renewables vulnerable

Originally posted at Climate Spectator. View the original post here

The panel reviewing the Renewable Energy Target (headed by Dick Warburton who suspects the academies of science across the G20 nations may be telling fibs about human-induced global warming) has released a relatively brief discussion paper as part of a request for submissions.

As expected, it canvasses the complete abolition of the large-scale and small-scale sections of the RET. It asks the following three pivotal questions, likely to deeply unsettle the renewable energy sector: Continue reading “WA by-election leaves renewables vulnerable”

WA Senate re-run may give reprieve to renewables

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Originally posted at RenewEconomy. View the original post here.

The large-scale renewables sector may be the beneficiary of the WA Senate rerun, with a Perth-based electoral analyst and blogger saying a likely even left/right split the most likely outcome – making it more difficult for a Coalition government to scrap or castrate the renewable energy target.

Given the tendency for by-elections to result in a swing against the government, a WA-based electoral expert believes that the WA Senate election will likely result in a three Liberal, two Labor and one Green split. The result would mean that it will be difficult for the Abbott Government to get its legislation through. Continue reading “WA Senate re-run may give reprieve to renewables”

Can solar change the WA senate result?

Originally posted at Climate Spectator. View the original post here

The Australian Solar Council’s Save Solar marketing campaign to influence the outcome of the WA Senate election is in full swing now.

Using lessons learnt from the mining industry’s campaign against the resource rent tax, but with a dose of bottom-up, crowdfunded people-power, the council is rolling out the advertisement below via television and social media channels.

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Pollie Watch: Liberal MP sides with anti-wind fringe

For anyone who has been following the anti-wind farm lobby and their attempts to discredit the wind power sector over the years, this most recent offering might seem like their most desperate yet. Continue reading “Pollie Watch: Liberal MP sides with anti-wind fringe”

Labor’s victory in SA offers hope for a little energy sanity

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Originally posted at Renew Economy. View the original post here

The surprise return of the Labor government in South Australia means that the book is not entirely closed on Australia’s mainland for renewable energy.

Indeed, while the broad thrust of national renewable energy policy will be directed by the Abbott government, the return of the Jay Weatherill Labor government in Adelaide, the election of Mike Hodgman in Tasmania, and the ambition of the ACT Labor government means that there are some counters to the apparently ideologically-driven opposition to renewables in the Federal government.

As RenewEconomy has noted before, it is not by accident that the three states and territories most supportive of renewable energy in Australia are those with no, or relative weak, fossil fuel interests.

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Another NSW wind farm approved as Victoria lags behind

r3_3_1198_678_w1200_h678_fmaxThe NSW Planning Assessment Commission has approved the 42 turbine Flyers Creek wind farm.

“The Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) OK’d all but one of the 150-metre tall wind turbines proposed on 26 properties 20 kilometres south of Orange,” report the Central Western Daily.

According to Infigen Energy, the $195 million project  “generate more than enough electricity to power all of the homes in Orange, Bathurst and the Blayney Shire.”

Infigen senior development manager Jonathan Upson said the “community wind farm project” began when two farmers approached the company about establishing a wind farm on their properties more than five years ago.

Meanwhile, it has been years since a project of this size has been approved in Victoria. A mere 24 turbines have been approved under the Coalition government since Ted Baillieu’s anti-wind farm laws took effect.  Continue reading “Another NSW wind farm approved as Victoria lags behind”

RET Watch: Cut to target puts $10b investment, jobs at risk

LU280largeNew research by a reputable energy market analyst finds scrapping the Renewable Energy Target would kill off $10 billion of investment in the energy sector. 

Intelligent Energy Systems Advisory revealed that changes to the national renewables target would result in more coal and gas generation, rendering it impossible to meet carbon reduction targets.

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Pollie Watch: Tassie opposition leader vows to protect the RET

377308-3x2-940x627Tasmanian opposition leader Will Hodgman has pledged to protect the Renewable Energy Target.

The Liberal party leader, who will contest the Tasmanian election on 15 March, told The Australian he would fight any move by Canberra to axe or dilute the Renewable Energy Target.

According to The Australian, Hodgman “planned a ‘strong’ push to ensure RET changes did not stymie the state’s key wind and hydro energy sectors.” Continue reading “Pollie Watch: Tassie opposition leader vows to protect the RET”

The cost of coal puts renewable myths in perspective

Originally posted at RenewEconomy. View original post here

As I type, 94% of generation in Victoria is being sourced from brown coal. Hazelwood power station is pumping out 1,221 megawatts, about 20% of total Victorian power. At the same time, the open cut coal mine that provides fuel to the power station is burning; a slow, intense fire that sits at the coal seam face. The fires, suspected to have been deliberately lit, eject plumes of smoke into Morwell, a town of 14,005 residents, a stone’s throw away from the smouldering seam. Click here for more on Google Earth image. Continue reading “The cost of coal puts renewable myths in perspective”