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Energy Insiders Podcast June 26

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Goldwind is building the biggest and cheapest wind farm and the first wind-solar hybrids. What do they make of the Finkel Review?

Goldwind Australia has been at the centre of many of the key developments in the Australian renewable energy industry.

It is building the country’s largest wind farm, the 530MW Stockyard Hill project in Victoria, at a record low price that forced Alan Finkel to admit he got his modeling wrong.

Goldwind is also building the 175MW White Rock wind farm, in the heart of Barnaby Joyce’s electorate, that is the large wind farm to go merchant – meaning it is built without a firm contract, and just sells output on the market.

And it is also building two new solar farms – at White Rock and at Gullen Range – that will be the first in Australia to be paired with wind installastions.

Goldwind CEO John Titchen joins regular insiders Giles Parkinson (RenewEconomy) founder and editor) and David Leitch (ITK principal and RE contributor) to discuss wind and solar costs, the Finkel and why Tasmania should get an extra connection to the mainland to be the “renewable battery”.

  

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  • Mark Roest

    Hello John, you left the quantitative req’ts for battery storage open. What would your number (say, 6 hours of generation for renewable energy, or some other way of calculating) be if you can get batteries at US$150/kWh for 5,000 cycles, 75% DoD in 2 years, and $100/kWh for 10,000 cycles, 80% DoD in 4 years? How fast might you take batteries at those costs up?

  • Peter Fagan

    Giles and David, I have really enjoyed several of your podcasts but this one was a fizzer. Goldwind CEO John Titchen was extremely careful not to say anything that would offend the pro-fossil fuel sociopaths who dominate the Liberal and National Parties. His caution is understandable from a commercial perspective, but his soft spin and fudging made for extremely dull listening.

    Here’s a tip: if you want to interview someone in industry, get an upfront commitment from them that they will be at least a tiny bit frank and fearless. If they can’t make such a commitment, don’t invite them into the studio. John was only interesting when he spoke (too briefly) about the technology of his wind turbines. Most of the rest was like listening to a timid politician and it was apparent that you two were as bored and frustrated as your listeners were.

    It would have been way more interesting if you had said “John we know your company won’t let you talk about the economics and the politics. So can we just discuss wind and solar technology – about which you have a great deal of knowledge that would be of interest to the listeners.”

    Instead of interviewing cautious businessmen who need to maintain good relations with pro-fossil fuel politicians, I urge you to contact Don Harwin, NSW Minister for Energy and try to get him on to your podcast. Don made a remarkably sensible speech to CEDA today that would have won him no friends among the donation seekers who run the Liberal and National parties:

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/04/clean-energy-target-best-deal-that-coal-will-get-says-nsw-energy-minister