Posts Tagged ‘Australian’

Liberty House looks to shore up power supply for Australian steel works

The family behind Liberty House has agreed to tie-up with an Australian renewable energy firm, looking to beef up electricity supply for the Arrium steel business that the British company recently took over in power-strained South Australia. British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta's GFG Alliance agreed to buy a 50.1 percent stake in Zen Energy, which up […]

Renewable energy generates enough power to run 70% of Australian homes

Renewable Energy Index shows sector will generate power to run 90% of homes once wind and solar projects being built in 2016-17 are completed Australia’s renewable energy sector is within striking distance of matching national household power consumption, cranking out enough electricity to run 70% of homes last financial year, new figures show. The first […]

Australian energy crisis a scandal: Howard

Former PM John Howard says Australia's greatest immediate policy challenge was barely mentioned in the federal budget – the looming energy crisis. Speaking at a post-budget business breakfast with former New Zealand PM John Key, Mr Howard described the risk of supply and price rises as scandalous given Australia natural endowments of energy sources. View […]

Windfarm settings triggered South Australian blackout, final energy report finds

Protection mechanism in tornado-hit turbines caused drop in power that led to entire system being tripped, Aemo says The state-wide blackout in South Australia which prompted a national political storm over energy policy was caused by extreme weather, which triggered a cascading sequence resulting in the state separating from the national energy market, according to […]

Battery-makers on Turnbull’s Tesla chat: ‘Give Australian companies a fair go’

Industry wants more support from federal government now prime minister has ‘taken interest in the tweets of an American billionaire’ Malcolm Turnbull should encourage Australia’s battery energy storage industry now he has “taken interest in the tweets of an American billionaire”, Zen Energy chairman Ross Garnaut says. Garnaut was referring to Elon Musk, the billionaire […]

Hostels to high-end: the Australian hotels embracing renewable energy

Hospitality operators are realising sun, wind and water can do more than just attract tourists – they can power the resorts themselves When it comes to the carbon impact of holidays, the focus has long been on the journey, not the destination. Yet a growing stable of accommodation providers in Australia are on a mission […]

South Australian windfarms revise safety settings after statewide blackout

Energy market operator says nine of 13 windfarms ‘tripped’ because their settings disconnected them from the grid after transmission lines were blown over Several windfarm operators in South Australia have already revised their settings to allow them to ride through larger network disruptions, following the storm in September that caused a statewide blackout, according to […]

Wind Farms Destroyed Our Energy Security, Says Australian Prime Minister

David Brockwell walks between wind turbines during a routine inspection at the Infigen Energy wind farm located on the hills surrounding Lake George, 50 km north of the Australian capital city of Canberra May 13, 2013. Infigen Energy's Capital Windfarm, built five years ago, was a vanguard for wind power as Australia sought to wean […]

ABC viewers go dark on Chris Uhlmann after South Australian blackout ‘heresy’ | Amanda Meade

ABC journalist stands by wind claim, Sonia Kruger praised by Cosmopolitan and Chris Mitchell’s print ads dry up The ABC’s political editor, Chris Uhlmann, has doubled down on his controversial claim last week that South Australia’s heavy reliance on wind generation is linked to the blackout. The former AM and 7.30 host also openly taunted […]

Perspective needed on South Australian power blackout

The question of whether last week's blackout in South Australia was entirely storm-related or attributable in some part to the state's heavy reliance on renewable energy sources continues to rage, days after the state was plunged into darkness. The latest volley is a preliminary report on the outage prepared by the Australian Energy Market Operator […]