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#1198795 - 13/06/2013 11:46 Re: Renewable Energy News [Re: @_Yasified_shak]
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NSW council commits to 100% renewable energy by 2025

13 June 2013

The council of the inner-west Sydney city of Leichhardt has committed to becoming 100 per cent renewable by 2025, building on its recent draft plan to tackle climate change by reducing emissions in local government facilities.

Leichhardt, which last year became the second council in NSW to achieve carbon neutrality, made the commitment last week – a goal it plans to achieve through direct investment in renewable energy, and without the need to purchase offsets.

Leichhardt is also one of eight Sydney councils – including Marrickville, Ashfield, Canterbury, Kogarah, Rockdale, Bankstown and Canada Bay – working with the Institute for Sustainable Futures to develop a renewable energy master plan for the region.

The master plan aims to identify the best ways to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy sources, including solar PV, solar thermal, waste-to-energy, mini hydro, wind power and co/trigeneration. There is also the potential for alignment with the City of Sydney’s renewable energy plan.

As part of its own plan, Leichhardt aims to install a large amount of solar across council facilities, including the Town Hall and Balmain Library. A cogeneration plant is being constructed at Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre – the Council’s largest consumer of electricity. The plan also proposes retrofitting existing energy sources in facilities to be environmentally friendly.

Development of the city’s renewable energy plan is largely credited to the Greens councillors, who are said to have worked hard to gain the support of their Labor, Independent and Liberal counterparts.

(Leichhardt Mayor Darcy Byrne – who is from the ALP – said in February he was “committed to maintaining carbon neutrality,” and that it was “an unanimous position of Council across all political parties to take serious action to address carbon emissions.”)

“Under the Greens’ leadership, Leichhardt has become only the second council in NSW to be carbon neutral,” said Greens Councillor and chair of the Environment Committee, Daniel Kogoy.

“We have increased solar PV installations eight-fold, rolled out Sydney’s first active LED lighting project at Johnstons Creek, established the annual Footprints Ecofestival, and are taking the lead on a seven-council and community-owned inner Sydney renewable energy masterplan. The masterplan will map Leichhardt Council’s progression to 100 per cent renewable energy.”

Kogoy says the plan to shift to 100% renewables will also produce significant local economic benefits, creating new investment opportunities, new jobs and a safe climate.



- See more at: http://reneweconomy.com.au/2013/city-of-...h.ZarraB3J.dpuf
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#1198804 - 13/06/2013 12:23 Re: Renewable Energy News [Re: @_Yasified_shak]
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California leads U.S. in record first quarter for solar installation

The U.S. had a record quarter in solar installation during the first three months of the year, installing 723 megawatts of photovoltaic capacity for a 33% increase over the same period last year. That represents nearly half of all new generation capacity installed in the U.S. during the first quarter of this year, and puts the solar industry on pace for its best year to date.

GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Assn. surveyed roughly 200 utilities, state agencies, installers and manufacturers across 28 states for their quarterly U.S. Solar Market Insight, which ranked California first above New Jersey and Hawaii in photovoltaic installation. National totals in the report include all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico.

California contributed 408 installations of solar-to-electricity power in the first quarter of 2013, the bulk of which came in the utility market segment, though residential installation continued a steady if incremental increase. This is somewhat surprising given a growing trend of installers forgoing the state’s solar initiative rebate.

According to the report’s executive summary, installers reported finding that once they had incorporated the 30% federal incentive tax credit, their systems achieved “retail rate parity.” As a result, many elected to avoid the tedious state-level application process, which according to the report, “demonstrates the impact that soft costs can have on [photovoltaic] project economics.”

California was among the states that benefited from a drop in installation prices, which hovers somewhere around $4 per watt for residential projects nationally. On average, home installation prices fell 15.8% between the first quarters of 2012 and 2013, though not all states or projects saw that level of easing. The report pointed out system prices for residences could range anywhere from less than $3 to nearly $7 per watt.

SEIA and GTM researchers predict the remaining months of 2013 will round out a banner year, with roughly 4,400 megawatts installed in residential, commercial and utility markets. That’s an especially hopeful forecast for the Golden State considering Southern California Edison’s announcement this month that it would permanently close San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

In an interview with The Times on Wednesday, SEIA Chief Executive Rhone Resch said the solar industry would step up to help fill the void left by the nuclear giant. “Obviously California has been a leader for solar energy for some time, but now we’re seeing gigawatts installed on an annual basis,” Resch said. “It is absolutely conceivable that solar will be installed on pace to replace San Onofre.

Resch acknowledged the downward trend in installation price made for a more competitive environment for solar manufacturers.

“The sad truth is a lot of manufacturers will go out of business,” Resch said, “but it is a development that will make the industry stronger. It improves efficiency, and in the long run, California manufacturers will thrive.”

http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-california-first-quarter-solar-20130612,0,7386012.story
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#1198807 - 13/06/2013 12:27 Re: Renewable Energy News [Re: @_Yasified_shak]
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Solar panels at airport get installed

Indy International Airport to get 44,000 panels

Updated: Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013, 5:39 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013, 4:56 PM EDT

David Barras
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Demolition and a different kind of farm are changing the landscape at the Indianapolis International Airport.

The old terminal is disappearing as crews take down the buildings that you used for air travel until 2008. And on land that once grew hay, you'll see a different kind of crop emerging.

Solar panels are the newest crop rising on 75 acres at the end of a runway near the cell phone lot at Indianapolis International Airport. Right now, 28,000 of the panels are in place. When fully grown, there will be 44,000 panels.

"We're actually a month and a half ahead of schedule which is neat. And you'll see at the end of June first of July, we'll have it completely massed with all the solar panels," says Kurt Schneider, Vice President of Johnson Melloh Solutions, the company building the farm.

"It will be a 10 megawatt AC solar farm that will produce enough energy for 1,200 homes," says Schneider.

Because the FAA puts severe height restrictions on the land, solar panels are a perfect cash crop for the airport.

"It's very similar to the way you would structure a lease. Although it's more money than we would get if we were farming the land or something similar," says Mike Huber who is in charge of all non-airline revenue at the airport.

Income is the reason the airport authority is tearing down the old terminal. In little more than a month, much of the old buildings are gone,

"Concourses C and D are down. And they are working on the rest of the consourses and the administration building," says Huber.

The hope is an aviation transportation or technology company will buy the land, adding more income to the airport coffers.

"We're in a time of sustained drop in emplanements. People just aren't flying as much. And every airport, we're not alone is forced to get creative with the assets that it owns," says Huber.

The airport owns 7,000 acres of land. Land that needs to generate as much income as possible. Along with the two projects, a second solar farm will put be built when the first one is finished.

There's also a gas station and service plaza under construction near the solar farm. All of which will generate more income for the airport.

It's the new reality for city's with airports like Indianapolis International. They must survive in an environment with fewer airlines, bringing fewer passengers to the airport.

http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/news/local/marion_county/solar-panels-at-airport-get-installed
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#1198854 - 13/06/2013 14:53 Re: Renewable Energy News [Re: @_Yasified_shak]
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Japan emerges as solar beacon

apan had some optimistic economic news last week showing that the country's GDP expanded by 0.9 per cent last quarter – its quickest pace in a year.
The data suggest that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's aggressive stimulus measures may be working. They certainly seem to be working to improve this reputation: investors are more confident in a Japanese leader than any time since September 2010, according to a poll of investors, analysts and traders who are Bloomberg subscribers.
Optimism about Abe's policies exceed that for counterparts in the US, Europe and China. Abe took office last December after winning an election on a platform of reflation.

But what does this mean for clean energy? The country's generous solar feed-in tariff continues to bolster demand: Japan Asia Group's plans are moving ahead to develop 500 megawatts of solar projects over the next three years,


Tetsuo Yamashita, chairman of the company, said at a meeting with analysts on 16 May. It has 24 solar plants already developed in Europe, but may trim its business in that region, Yamashita said. Japan Asia received a 1.6 billion yen loan for five solar projects in its home country from Shinsei Bank and Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Company, it said in a statement in March.

The preceding day, Eurus Energy Holdings announced plans to build a 115MW solar power station in northern Japan. The aim is to start construction of the 49 billion yen ($US480 billion) project this July and to begin running the station in November 2015. Eurus is a venture between Toyota Tsusho Corporation and Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco).
And on 14 May, Nippon Paper Industries said that its joint venture with Mitsubishi will begin construction on a 21MW solar power station in western Japan this autumn. The plant is expected to start selling electricity to Shikoku Electric Power in H2 2014.

Demand for solar power is increasing for non-residential projects, according to data released by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry on 17 May. Approved applications for non-residential solar projects jumped to 11GW by the end of February from just under 6GW at the end of January.

The start of the feed-in tariff last year helped Sharp to reduce losses at its solar unit in the Asian country: global solar sales climbed 16 per cent to 260 billion yen ($US2.54 billion) last fiscal year, mainly driven by an increase in residential demand in Japan, the company said. Sharp's operating losses fell to 4.4 billion yen ($US43 billion) for the 12 months ended 31 March compared with 21.9 billion yen ($US210 billion) the previous year.

The continued strong demand in Japan and the depreciation of the yen mean that Sharp could have a good 2013. It may want to differentiate its products from competitors – whether on price or quality – as most other major Japanese manufacturers have begun doing.

In any case, Japan is forecast to install 6-9.4GW of solar capacity this year under its feed-in tariff, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. This could make it the second-largest – or even the top – solar market in 2013.
Nuclear doubts

Meanwhile Japan's new nuclear regulator looks set to shut down at least one plant and maybe more, after a report published 16 May found that an earthquake fault under the country's oldest reactor at Japan Atomic's Tsuruga plant was active. National law bans building reactors on active faults.

"Japan Atomic's survival is now in doubt," Takashi Aoki at Mizuho Asset Management told Bloomberg News. This also raises the risk for the five other power stations under investigation for active faults. Japan Atomic has repeatedly said that the fault is not active, according to a company statement.

The new Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) also said last week it would issue an order to keep a separate unit, the Monju experimental fast breeder reactor, closed until its operator overhauled safety measures.

The verdict might be a blow for Abe's efforts to get the nuclear capacity back online but it could be reassuring news for the Japanese public that the new watchdog does not seem to shy away from making unwelcome decisions to prioritise safety. The NRA's predecessor reportedly ignored warnings before March 2011 when the earthquake and tsunami caused the meltdown of three reactors in Fukushima.

Only two of Japan's 50 commercial reactors are online. As a result, power companies face losses as they have had to resort to expensive fossil-fuel imports. These have pushed up carbon emissions and energy costs, which manufacturers have said will hurt business. In 2012, the country posted a record high trade deficit of 6.93 trillion yen, the lion's share of which came from the increased cost of imported fuels.

Members of Abe's party gathered on 14 May to demand restart of the nuclear reactors for the sake of the economic recovery. However, their demands may not be in line with public sentiment: in March, thousands of protesters marched through Tokyo, calling on the government to reject nuclear power.

The NRA is not expected to compile new safety standards until after July 2013, meaning that any decision on resuming operations could likely only be made after the upper house elections this summer.
Earlier this week, Tepco said it has not yet decided if it will ask to restart its idled reactors in July, even as its shares surged 11 per cent on a report that it will make an application.
It is assessing whether its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant meets new nuclear safety rules, according to a statement to the Tokyo Stock Exchange on 20 May. Two other utilities – Shikoku Electric Power Company and Kyushu Electric Power Company – confirmed that they will apply. An article in the Yomiuri newspaper reported on 19 May that five power companies, including Tepco, would submit restart requests.


Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/carbon-ec...l#ixzz2W4KhYMpZ
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#1198991 - 14/06/2013 10:56 Re: Renewable Energy News [Re: @_Yasified_shak]
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Developing nations see jump in clean energy investment, report says
Renewable energy investments are heading toward developing countries that want to transition from pricey fossil fuels, a report said.

China led the way with $67 billion spent on solar, wind and other clean energy projects, more than half of the total $112 million spent in 2012 among emerging nations, according to Bloomberg, citing the United Nations. That's rapidly catching up with the $132 billion shelled out last year by developed nations such as the United States and Britain.

And of the 138 countries that have set renewable energy goals, one-third are developing nations, the report said. The gap between spending on clean energy between developing and developed nations has narrowed to 18% in 2012, a dramatic decline from the 250% seen in 2007.



The biggest jump in investing regionally came from Africa and the Middle East. Clean energy spending zoomed 228% to $12 billion last year. Spending in some developed countries such as Germany and the U.S. fell more than 30%.

Achim Steiner, executive director of the U.N. Environment Program, told Bloomberg that countries are making the connection between renewable energy and "a future of energy access and security" away from fossil fuels

http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-renewable-energy-20130613,0,484138.story
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#1198992 - 14/06/2013 11:03 Re: Renewable Energy News [Re: @_Yasified_shak]
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Goldman eyes $3b in Japan renewable investments
Goldman Sachs, the New York-based bank planning as much as 300 billion yen ($3 billion) in renewable energy investments in Japan, is eyeing offshore wind power after building up holdings in more established clean energy sources such as solar.
Japan Renewable Energy Co. was set up by Goldman in August after Japan began offering above-market rates to producers of clean energy. The incentives, or feed-in tariffs, have spurred investments in renewables, setting Japan on course this year to become one of the world's largest solar markets by annual installations.
The company sees offshore wind as promising, Shigeru Yasu, a representative director at Japan Renewable Energy, said in an interview in Tokyo yesterday. Geothermal and biomass power also hold potential, he said.
“It takes three to four years to do an environmental impact study for an onshore wind project with more than 10 megawatts of capacity,” Yasu said. “Projects with larger capacity are more attractive because an environmental study requires the same amount of time even for a 500-megawatt offshore farm.”


Five-year investment
Japan Renewable Energy plans in the next five years to invest as much as 50 billion yen directly into clean energy projects with capital provided by GS Infrastructure Partners. It will take as much as 250 billion yen of loans for project financing, Takahisa Nakagawa, also a representative director at Japan Renewable Energy, said in the interview. The investments and loans will amount to about 1,000 megawatts of clean energy, he said.
Wind power is more challenging than solar for a developer because it requires prior investment such as an environmental impact study, Nakagawa said, adding that his company has the advantage of having people with expertise in wind power.
Japan's offshore wind market -- 31 megawatts in cumulative capacity -- lags behind countries like the U.K. and Denmark with 3,093 megawatts and 923 megawatts of capacity, respectively, according to 2012 data compiled by Bloomberg.
Offshore wind typically requires approval from local fishermen before projects can move ahead and costs more for installation and maintenance than onshore wind.
Japan Renewable Energy is considering more than 300 megawatts worth of solar projects, Nakagawa said. The company will use panels by LS Industrial Systems Co., a South Korean electric and industrial equipment maker, at least for its first four plants.
Panel supplier
LSIS was picked because it offers quality products for less compared with Japanese makers and because panels aren't the only product the company produces, the officials said.
“There are big pureplay solar panel companies that went bankrupt and that's worrisome,” Yasu said. “Even though a company offers 20 years of warranty, it's no good if the company won't be around 20 years later.”
Japan is set to overtake Germany as the world's largest solar market, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said last month.
Developers may install 6.9 gigawatts to 9.4 gigawatts of solar in Japan in 2013, the London-based research agency said. Germany led solar installations in 2012 with 7.6 gigawatts of capacity. Cumulative global solar energy installations reached 102 gigawatts for the first time in 2012, according to preliminary BNEF data.


Read more: http://www.watoday.com.au/business/carbo...l#ixzz2W9FWc7Ch
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#1199011 - 14/06/2013 12:02 Re: Renewable Energy News [Re: @_Yasified_shak]
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Let’s build a sustainable economy

Business leaders will be among the voices in Albany on June 17 urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ban fracking and embrace a renewable energy future.

More and more businesses are realizing that the time has come to engage in the statewide and national debate about energy policy and are speaking out against the continuation of fossil fuel extraction. Companies, business organizations and business leaders are helping lead the transition to renewable energy and clean technologies across the country, with New York embodying the potential to become a national leader in this movement.

Why are businesses against extractive processes like fracking for shale gas? Why are businesses mobilizing against shale gas and oil development across the country and around the world? Simply put, because they recognize that fracking is not the answer to our economic or energy challenges. It just doesn’t make good business sense when you consider the full costs.

In addition to contributing to climate change, fracking is associated with significant costs that are externalized and born by the rest of business owners and other taxpayers, not the gas and oil companies. It equates to short-term economic boom and long-term bust. Fracking threatens the economic development potential of major business sectors, including tourism, recreation, real estate, agriculture, food and restaurants, wine, beer and other beverage companies that depend on clean water, our main street businesses and more.

Businesses are saying yes to renewables because they value sources of energy that are clean, that do not exacerbate the pace and severity of climate change, that generate jobs and that support local economies. Investors appreciate the value of putting their money into renewable energy companies because studies show the growth potential as well as the job creation opportunities. These businesses and investors see the exciting prospect for innovation, economic vitality and community health, where the choice between the environment or the bottom line is clearly false.
http://riverdalepress.com/stories/Lets-build-a-sustainable-economy,52627
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#1199111 - 14/06/2013 22:13 Re: Renewable Energy News [Re: @_Yasified_shak]
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History Made as Floating Turbine off Maine Coast Begins Feeding Grid

At a little after noon today, the blades of a floating wind turbine began to spin in the waters off Castine, feeding energy to the grid onshore for the first time in U.S. history. The University of Maine and other partners in the project say the prototype turbine, if successful, could foreshadow a future where hundreds of offshore windmills produce electrcity - at competitive rates - for customers all over New England. But as Jay Field reports, they first have to prove their model can outperform the turbines being produced by a top competitor.

That competitor is Statoil, an international energy conglomerate based in Norway. In 2009, the company began operating the world's first floating turbine in the North Sea. Statoil is now pursuing a $120-million, four-turbine project off Boothbay Harbor. The windmill that UMaine engineers say will ultimately outperform the competition is up the coast, in Penobscot Bay.

Jay Field: "I'm standing on the deck of the Ned in Castine Harbor. This Maine Maritime Academy training vessel is going to take us out to the VolturnUS, the first grid-connected, floating wind turbine in the United States."

"If I could have everyone's attention for a minute please - everyone's attention for a minute. Right up here please!" says MMA's Dana Willis, our capitain for the day. He gives a quick safety talk and we're off.

It's a quick ride - about 10 minutes. Reporters crowd the bow to get a look at the turbine, as it comes into view. It's 65 feet tall with white rotar blades and a yellow shaft and hull anchored in 80 feet of water.

"If you look at the hull, the yellow hull that you look at, that's made out of concrete," says Habib Dagher, who runs the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine. The center designed the turbine and worked with Pittsfield-based construction company Cianbro to build it.

"The tower, the yellow tower that sits on top of that, was made out of composite materials. That's the very first time that a concrete hull and composite material tower were used," Dagher says.

Prototypes by competitors have been made out of steel and assembled at sea. This $1 million windmill was constructed entirely on land at Cianbro's manufacturing facility in Brewer. Dagher say these design decisions are the lynchpin of a strategy that will allow UMaine's turbines to generate cheaper electricity and become more commerically viable than competitors' models.

"Our goal is to get down, in 2020, to the 10 cents a kilowatt hour range," Dagher says. "And that's a very aggressive goal, but certainly a goal were trying to reach. The technology gets the costs down because we're building the whole unit dockside and towing it out to sea."

Ten cents a kilowatt hour is the rate that the U.S. goverment wants to see from these kinds of projects by 2020. And proving its prototype can produce cheap, reliable power is critical, if UMaine and other partners hope to add to the $12 million in seed funding they've already received from the U.S. Department of Energy.

They also need to convince the Maine Public Utilities Commission that their prototype can deliver affordable electricity, "That the technology is feasible and reliable, that you have the capability to install, operate and maintain it," says Jack Ward, vice president for innovation and economic development at UMaine.

Ward says the state Legislature has been supportive of the project so far. For months, Gov. Paul LePage has criticized the PUC for giving Statoil a 27 cents a kilowatt hour contract for its proposed wind project off Boothbay Harbor. LePage says the commission ought to give UMaine a chance to secure a deal for its experiment off Castine.
http://www.mpbn.net/News/MaineNewsArchive/tabid/181/ctl/ViewItem/mid/3475/ItemId/28480/Default.aspx
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#1199549 - 18/06/2013 08:43 Re: Renewable Energy News [Re: @_Yasified_shak]
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China makes fresh promises on air pollution, pledges support for solar

SHANGHAI, June 15 (Reuters) - China's cabinet approved new measures to combat air pollution on Friday, in the latest step by China's new leadership to address the country's enormous environmental problems, with pollution a key source of rising social discontent in China.

The government also promised to support China's troubled solar power industry, despite problems with overcapacity and ongoing trade disputes with the United States and Europe.

In a meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang, the State Council approved 10 anti-pollution measures, the council said in a statement posted on its website late Friday.

In particular, the State Council promised to:

- Accelerate the installation of pollution control equipment on small, coal-fuelled refineries.

- Curb the growth of high-energy-consuming industries like steel, cement, aluminum, and glass.

- Reduce emissions per unit of GDP in key industries by at least 30 percent by the end of 2017.

- Improve indicators used to evaluate the environmental impact of new projects and deny administrative approvals, financing, land, and other support to projects that fail to meet high standards.

- Strengthen enforcement and collection of fees and penalties that companies pay based on their emissions.

- Use legal action to force industries to upgrade pollution controls and establish or revise industry-level emissions standards.

The country's new top leaders, who took power in a once-in-a-decade political transition late last year, have promised to tackle China's pollution problem. The government has made similar promises over the last decade, but enforcement has often been lacking, especially at the local level.

Protests over pollution are becoming more frequent in China, as the country's increasingly affluent urban population begins to object to the model of growth at all costs that has fueled the economy for three decades.

Friday's State Council statement also acknowledged difficulties afflicting China's solar industry but pledged to maintain support for the industry through "reformed methods".

http://www.trust.org/item/20130615043821-4olqx/
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#1199601 - 18/06/2013 12:23 Re: Renewable Energy News [Re: CeeBee]
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Wind Farm Owners Face Legal Threat Down Under

(1) http://www.thegwpf.org/wind-farm-owners-face-legal-threat/

Date: 17/06/13

Lenore Taylor, The Guardian

The man who will chair [Australia's opposition leader] Tony Abbott’s business advisory committee is among a group of country landholders threatening to sue a neighbouring farmer for “substantial damages” if their health or property values are harmed by his agreement to allow wind turbines to built on his property.

Maurice Newman, former chairman of the Australian Stock Exchange and the ABC and chair of Abbott’s three person panel of business advisors, was one of seven families in the Crookwell area who signed a legal letter to local farmer Charlie Prell threatening to sue if the wind farm went ahead and caused them nuisance or harm, including to their health or property values.

The letter urged Prell to seek legal advice as to whether he could break his contract with the wind farm proponent Union Fenosa.

Newman last week described subsidies for renewable energy as “a crime against the people” because higher energy costs hit poorer households the hardest and, in his opinion, the science of global warming was “somewhat in tatters” so there was no longer any logical reason to have them.


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#1199606 - 18/06/2013 12:38 Re: Renewable Energy News [Re: CeeBee]
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Power Plant Comparison – Coal-Fired Versus Wind

I would like to show you something very important here, something that supporters of Renewable Power conveniently neglect to mention. To demonstrate this, I’m going to construct a comparison between coal-fired power and wind power.

To do this comparison, I’m going to spend exactly the same amount of money both for the coal-fired plant and the wind plant, and because I live here in Australia, I’ll be doing it in Australian Dollars, but as the cost factor is not the part I’ll be drawing your attention to, that cost is mentioned just as an indicator, and for the sake of the exercise, the amounts will be the same both for the coal-fired plant and the wind plant, and at each stage I will give a careful explanation.

Pretending that money is really no object, let’s then construct one of those new technology large-scale coal-fired plants that are now being constructed in China, India, and at a number of other places around the World. These plants are the new technology USC (UltraSuperCritical) plants. The Chinese have now mastered the technology and these plants have been under construction in China for more than 4 years now.

While these plants are indeed coal-fired plants, because of the technology, they actually burn up to 15% less coal than equivalent existing older technology coal-fired plants. That’s 15% less coal being consumed, hence 15% less CO2 being emitted.

Because the technology produces larger amounts of high temperature high pressure steam, these plants can in fact drive generators that produce more power, again, another thing that the Chinese have succeeded in scaling up. While older technology plants typically can only drive generators that produce 660MW, these newer technology Chinese plants can drive generators that can produce 1000MW and more, previously only the province of large-scale nuclear power plants.

So, for the purpose of the exercise, we will be constructing a large-scale coal-fired plant with 2 of these size generators, hence the Total Capacity will be in that typical large-scale range of 2000MW plus.

Now, China can construct one of these plants for $1.2 Billion, a seemingly large amount. However, as everything is so cheap in China, especially labour costs, then there’s no way known that a plant of this nature can be constructed in the already Developed World for that price.


http://grumpydenier.wordpress.com/guest-...ed-versus-wind/

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#1199607 - 18/06/2013 12:47 Re: Renewable Energy News [Re: SBT]
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Originally Posted By: SBT
Wind Farm Owners Face Legal Threat Down Under

(1) http://www.thegwpf.org/wind-farm-owners-face-legal-threat/

Date: 17/06/13

Lenore Taylor, The Guardian

The man who will chair [Australia's opposition leader] Tony Abbott’s business advisory committee is among a group of country landholders threatening to sue a neighbouring farmer for “substantial damages” if their health or property values are harmed by his agreement to allow wind turbines to built on his property.

Maurice Newman, former chairman of the Australian Stock Exchange and the ABC and chair of Abbott’s three person panel of business advisors, was one of seven families in the Crookwell area who signed a legal letter to local farmer Charlie Prell threatening to sue if the wind farm went ahead and caused them nuisance or harm, including to their health or property values.

The letter urged Prell to seek legal advice as to whether he could break his contract with the wind farm proponent Union Fenosa.

Newman last week described subsidies for renewable energy as “a crime against the people” because higher energy costs hit poorer households the hardest and, in his opinion, the science of global warming was “somewhat in tatters” so there was no longer any logical reason to have them.


Oh dear. evillaugh


Yep another one of those one eyed sceptic supporters.....

Maurice Newman a few "headlines"

Abbott’s adviser hates wind farms, doubts climate change.....
http://www.crikey.com.au/2013/01/29/abbotts-adviser-hates-wind-farms-doubts-climate-change/

Will Maurice Newman be Australia’s Lord McAlpine? II

http://catallaxyfiles.com/2012/12/18/will-maurice-newman-be-australias-lord-mcalpine-ii/


Yep yoou reaaallly picked the right pony to back evillaugh

It's OK to link climate denial to pedophilia, ABC tells ex-chairman Maurice Newman
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/media/br...d-1226538690358


Edited by Seabreeze (18/06/2013 14:46)
Edit Reason: Thread is about Renewable Energy. Similar articles that can easily cause offense like the last one linked (consider who may be part of the audience reading) do not need to be posted in future. Thankyou.
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#1199612 - 18/06/2013 13:14 Re: Renewable Energy News [Re: CeeBee]
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Yasi - just to correct the record: It was Robin Williams who equated climate denial to pedophilia. Newman complained - complaint dismissed.

Quote:
ROBYN Williams: NOW what if I told you pedophilia is good for children or that asbestos is an excellent inhalant for those with asthma? Or that smoking crack is a normal part, and a healthy one, of teenage life and to be encouraged? You’d rightly find it outrageous. But there have been similar statements coming out of inexpert mouths again and again in recent times, distorting the science (of climate change).


And the McAlpine reference is to this: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/nov/25/mcalpine-libel-legal-runaway-train

McAlpine was slurred as a pedophile - and so in effect was Newman. in his case the slur was retracted quickly, while in the case of ABC: An ABC spokeswoman said the complaint was dismissed because the editorial context of the segment was reasonable, meaning “harm and offence” was justified.

There you go. You can call us as bad as pedos at will and with impunity for daring to question the "religion".


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#1199743 - 19/06/2013 10:51 Re: Renewable Energy News [Re: CeeBee]
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Wind taken out of protesters’ sails in Canberra

Callum Davidson and deputy editor Sandi Keane report from Melbourne and Canberra on a tale of two cities and three rallies — or rather two and a sorry fizzer.


The pro-wind rally


The anti-wind rally

THE GLOVES CAME OFF today in Melbourne in the phony war waged against wind farms whilst in Canberra, the pro-renewables rally stole the show from the shadowy anti-wind pressure group, Stop These Things.

Morten Albaek, Senior Vice-President, Vestas Wind Systems, chose Australia, the hotbed of anti-wind activity, to launch its fight against the campaign by vested interests and climate skeptics:

“The wind industry is being attacked by media-savvy and politically influential adversaries who often display a brazen disregard for factual information. The “Act on Facts” campaign is our way of fighting back.”

Speaking at the University of Melbourne today, Albaek said the industry has been too conservative:

“Today it’s gloves off. We’re stepping up our game to fight back but with one big difference — it will be fact-based.”

An impressive line-up of speakers including the master debunker of the mythical “Wind Turbine Syndrome”, Professor Simon Chapman, attracted a large crowd of enthusiastic renewables supporters. Chapman’s reading of the public mood that the community is no longer buying the fear campaign was certainly played out in Canberra, as Callum Davidson’s photos show.

In the capital, a lackluster turnout of barely one hundred protesters emerged from the heavy morning fog and filed onto the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra. They came from Crookwell, Mudgee, Yass and a few stalwarts from Western Australia and far North Queensland. Their slogans carried the same gripe: no more windfarms.

Headlining this event was the staunchly anti-windfarm and vocal climate change skeptic, Alan Jones. The popular shockjock announced his unwavering support for their cause:

“I say the same thing to everyone, if you want windfarms why not put them on Macquarie Street, or on ANZAC Parade! That’s where the people live and use electricity.”

Other speakers at the event included a few rogue MPs – Liberal Senator Chris Back and retiring National Senator, Ron Boswell, DLP Senator John Madigan – as well as local Indigeneous elder, Shane Mortimer, and Alan Moran of Australia’s climate skeptic factory, the Institute of Public Affairs. The much-touted Nick Xenophon was nowhere to be seen having made his non-appearance decision quite clear yesterday on his Facebook. Seems Independent Australia was one of the few in the media who bothered to check. Organisers of the antis, Stop These Things, didn’t and still trumpeted his attendance on its website. That’s the problem when you’re so secretive. No-one knows how to contact you. Senator Xenophon’s media adviser, Sharon Smith, certainly didn’t know who Stop These Things were, who funded them or where they were based when she spoke to Independent Australia earlier in the week.

Opposition to wind turbines ranged from concerns for birdlife to the health side effects (now debunked by 19 reviews) and economics. Interestingly, none of the attendees would go on the record, deferring to their official spokesperson for comment.

A counter rally organized by GetUp and Friends of the Earth calling for more renewables attracted some 500 people packed into Garema Place.

The atmosphere was palpably different. Live music, a sausage sizzle, a carnival.

Charlie Prell, a pro-windfarm farmer from Crookwell who attended both rallies, was open about his opposition to his counterparts outside Parliament.

“I think most of them would be climate change skeptics …. and the fear campaign has frightened a lot of them.”

Not much frightens Charlie who was threatened by the proposed chair of Tony Abbott’s Business Advisory Council. According to the Guardian, former ABC Chair and prominent climate skeptic, Maurice Newman, has threatened to sue his neighbour for “substantial damages” if his health and property is harmed by any wind turbines built on Prell’s property.

Speakers Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, Independent MP Tony Windsor and Labor MP and Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change, Yvette D’Ath, stressed the importance of the renewable energy target and the role of windfarms in making that happen.

The crowd was animated and vocal.

Tony Windsor received the largest cheer of the rally when he said:

“The best thing about being here is that Alan Jones isn’t.”

http://www.independentaustralia.net/2013/politics/wind-taken-out-of-protesters-sails-in-canberra/
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#1199747 - 19/06/2013 11:05 Re: Renewable Energy News [Re: CeeBee]
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Originally Posted By: CeeBee


Wind taken out of protesters’ sails in Canberra

Callum Davidson and deputy editor Sandi Keane report from Melbourne and Canberra on a tale of two cities and three rallies — or rather two and a sorry fizzer.


The pro-wind rally


The anti-wind rally




The pro-Wind people are those that don't have windmill in their backyard and can afford to pay higher taxes to subsidize wind energy.

The anti-wind crowd (which was obviously much larger than the cropped picture) are those that live next to the windmills.

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#1199748 - 19/06/2013 11:11 Re: Renewable Energy News [Re: CeeBee]
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Not only that, what's the bet pro-wind people have no jobs......and are being supported by the anti-wind people wink

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#1199754 - 19/06/2013 11:50 Re: Renewable Energy News [Re: refstar]
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Originally Posted By: refstar
Not only that, what's the bet pro-wind people have no jobs......and are being supported by the anti-wind people wink

Yawn. Absolute rubbish. The polarisation on this forum is mindblowing. No wonder the user numbers are down - wish there was a way to remove all the climate bullshit from the forum list...

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#1199768 - 19/06/2013 12:59 Re: Renewable Energy News [Re: CeeBee]
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There's some twisted logic getting around in these forums, for sure Bello Boy.

In one breath we're told by some here that the people who can afford to install solar panels are the "haves" - some nasty breed who have money apparently to throw around with abandon and who give no thought to the "have nots" - the latter being the ones who apparently prop up the system that allows all this unfairness to occur. So logically, these selfish solar supporters (the "haves", remember) are presumably the same people who might also support wind, right? Well, no, apparently not; here we now read that they're most likely unemployed, and therefore must surely be of the "have not" variety being supported by... Go figure.

As for Alan Jones: “I say the same thing to everyone, if you want windfarms why not put them on Macquarie Street, or on ANZAC Parade! That’s where the people live and use electricity.”

Umm, so does he apply that same logic to those who want nuclear power and/or more coal-fired power stations?

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#1199782 - 19/06/2013 14:12 Re: Renewable Energy News [Re: Jax]
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Hang on, don't the sceptics claim that the only people who can afford renewables like solar are the wealth ones? so how can they be unemployed?

Seems very strange, back 30-40 years ago solar was seen as the "domain for hippies" now it is mainstream in society and over $1 million, average (not wealthy) average householders have solar power installed, and the other thing that gets me is everyone wants to complain about rising power costs but does not want to do anything about it!
Install solar and you will save on your power bills, it is that simple!

And the thing with Alan Jones, if Nuclear was so safe they why don't the build nuclear power stations in the city? smirk grin
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#1199783 - 19/06/2013 14:17 Re: Renewable Energy News [Re: KevD]
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Originally Posted By: Bello Boy
Originally Posted By: refstar
Not only that, what's the bet pro-wind people have no jobs......and are being supported by the anti-wind people wink

Yawn. Absolute rubbish. The polarisation on this forum is mindblowing. No wonder the user numbers are down - wish there was a way to remove all the climate bullshit from the forum list...


Talk about the 'Hypocrites of the Year' award. The most polarising on here are the Warmista Trolls who demand all swallow their climate "".


Edited by Lindsay Knowles (19/06/2013 14:44)
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