Environment minister Greg Hunt says the Renewable Energy Target is ‘rock solid’ and Australia’s energy majors have “no excuse” for not investing in large-scale renewables. The problem is, right now there are no investments, and no commitments by the utilities.
Australia’s biggest wind farm is producing electricity at less than $80/MWh. At current prices, the market for new wind projects should be strong. But political uncertainty from Abbott government is killing the market.
CEC slams calls from anti-wind senators to cut subsidies back even further, make them conditional on adherence to federal ‘infrasound’ laws.
A world-leading 1,200MW wind and solar project proposed for north Queensland is competing head to head with a new coal power station proposal favoured by Tony Abbott, who is keen to give taxpayer loans to the coal generator, but not the wind facility.
South Australia’s wind farms have coped without baseload power before – they can do it again.
50 Shades of Grit: Tony Abbott wants new coal generators and now admits he wants to kill the renewable energy target – and he may be just one vote away from being able to do so. That has serious implications, because it will likely extend the uncertainty that has plagued the clean energy industry in the past 18 months.
The debate over wind turbines is heated, so it’s best to rely on solid science.
Micro-electricity producers are relatively small scale, inexpensive, and most importantly, produce little to no carbon emissions.
China is expected to exceed its target of 100GW wind capacity by 2015 by 30% by the end of 2015.
The EPI just published a full report of my research into anti-wind court cases in the USA, Canada, the British Isles, Australia and New Zealand.