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Category: Renewables

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Australia’s first commercial wind farm faces bleak future

Australia’s first commercial wind farm faces bleak future

WA’s Ten Mile Lagoon wind farm facility reached the end of its design life last year with fears that blades and integral parts will not be replaced.

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The "hidden cost” of wind power - less than conventional power plants

The “hidden cost” of wind power – less than conventional power plants

The “hidden cost” for conventional power plants in Texas is 17 times more than wind. So…what does the fossil fuel industry have to say about that?

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Denmark's near-zero waste wonder

Denmark’s near-zero waste wonder

Has this Danish community found the formula for environmentally friendly industry?

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Hockey's wind offensive risks billions in investment – in his own electorate

Hockey’s wind offensive risks billions in investment – in his own electorate

RET Review submission by NSW renewables company Epuron points out why Joe Hockey’s ‘utterly offensive’ wind turbine comments were particularly out of line.

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NSW pushes to create Australia’s first “zero net energy” town

NSW pushes to create Australia’s first “zero net energy” town

A consortium of energy groups look to create “mini electricity” system relying on local renewable energy production and storage.

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The full renewable energy catastrophe: $1 per home per week

The full renewable energy catastrophe: $1 per home per week

The fossil fuel lobby has played the joker in its pack. Even after assuming the improbable – that renewable costs would be double even conservative estimates – they conclude that the RET is costing households $1 a week. And that’s even before calculating the benefits.

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Abandoning homes due to wind farms: the deep fragrance of factoid

Abandoning homes due to wind farms: the deep fragrance of factoid

It is claimed that “more than 40” families have abandon their homes to become “wind farm refugees”. But who are they?

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Lord Howe Island aims for 70% wind, solar and storage

Lord Howe Island aims for 70% wind, solar and storage

Lord Howe Island aims to displace 70% of diesel generation with 1MW hybrid renewables system combining solar, wind and storage, and introduces solar leasing plan.

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Milne says Abbott 'puppeteers' determined to kill renewables

Milne says Abbott ‘puppeteers’ determined to kill renewables

Greens leader says conservative forces behind Abbott determined to kill renewable industry, and “appeasement” will not save the sector, but ambition might.

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Abbott's RET curse: PM can cripple renewables - by doing nothing

Abbott’s RET curse: PM can cripple renewables – by doing nothing

If Tony Abbott wants to cripple Australia’s renewable energy industry, as many suspect, he can do so without doing anything at all. That’s because the removal of the carbon price could make long-term financing unfeasible, even if the renewables target is unchanged.

One of the tragedies of Australia’s large scale renewable energy industry is that it has an excellent policy in place. But such is the level of uncertainty about the future of that policy, the industry cannot move forward.

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Wind share of electricity will more than double by 2018

Wind share of electricity will more than double by 2018

Wind power now supplies about 3% of the world’s electricity, and the signs are good for the next several years.