Horizon Power has awarded the Power Purchase Agreement for the supply of electricity to the town of Esperance, WA to Contract Power Australia (CPA). The awarding of the contract follows a comprehensive and rigorous two-year, three-stage procurement process undertaken by Horizon Power. Horizon Power CEO, Stephanie Unwin, said Horizon Power has been able to achieve a long-term power solution for […]
The Economic Regulation Authority (ERA) has published the 2019 Performance Audit and Asset Management System Review and the Post Audit Implementation Plan for EDWF Holdings 1 Pty Ltd and EDWF Holdings 2 Pty Ltd’s (trading as Emu Downs Wind Farm Joint Venture) electricity generation licence EGL1. Emu Downs is equally owned by EDWF Holdings 1 Pty Ltd and EDFW Holdings […]
The massive $280 million Granville Harbour Wind Farm is taking shape with the successful construction of a switching station and 11km of transmission line, in preparation for injecting 112MW of clean, zero-emissions energy into the grid. Minister for Energy, Guy Barnett, said the construction marks another milestone ‘Tasmania First’ energy policy, which hopes to make Tasmania fully renewable and have […]
A new $350 million wind farm south-west of Gladstone has been approved by the Queensland Government, adding to the big surge in wind power now coming online in the state. Located in an area known for its strong overnight winds, the Banana Range Wind Farm will produce most of its power when the sun goes down. Minister for Planning, Cameron […]
The ACT now has infrastructure in place to achieve 100 per cent renewable electricity in 2020 and beyond, the Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Shane Rattenbury, announced. Through the ACT’s successful reverse auction scheme, the Hornsdale 3 Wind Farm in South Australia began its contract on 1 October 2019. It is the last renewable infrastructure contracted for the ACT […]
Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Shane Rattenbury, has announced that the ACT will conduct a renewable electricity ‘reverse auction’ to future proof the state’s 100 per cent renewable future. The ACT will conduct the reverse auction to build new renewable electricity supply, ensure its growing city remains 100 per cent renewable into the next decade and construct a large-scale […]
The Clean Energy Council has revealed that Australia’s Large-scale Renewable Target (LRET) has now officially been met, more than a year earlier than its original 2020 target. With the completion of Goldwind’s Cattle Hill Wind Farm in Tasmania, the Clean Energy Regulator has officially confirmed that enough renewable energy has now been built to guarantee that the target will be […]
A multimillion-dollar electrical infrastructure package is set to fire up North Queensland as works begin in early 2020 for more renewable energy projects. Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said the State Government would support Genex’s project at Kidston with up to $132 million supporting 500 construction jobs. Publicly-owned Powerlink will build a single circuit transmission line from Genex’s Kidston site to […]
The South Burnett Regional Council area in Queensland is set to receive a renewables boost, with the Queensland Government announcing it has approved a new $128 million wind farm for the area. Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick, said the wind farm is expected to be operational by 2020. “The Queensland Government is committed to supporting […]
Australia’s largest wind farm, Coopers Gap, has begun generating electricity, with AGL announcing that the project remains on track for completion in the 2020 financial year. Queensland’s Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, Dr Anthony Lynham, inspected the Coopers Gap project on the Darling Downs with AGL General Manager Development and Construction, Dave Johnson. “We’re pleased to announce that […]
Energy utility company, ENGIE, has officially opened its Willogoleche Wind Farm in Hallett, South Australia, one of the largest renewable energy projects in the state to date. The new Willogoleche Wind Farm brings a generating capacity of 119MW, capable of delivering renewable energy to 80,000 homes across South Australia. State Minister for Energy and Mining, Dan van Holst Pellekaan, and […]
As Australia continues to shift towards a low emissions hydrogen future, the Western Australian Government has announced it will support investment by establishing a $10 million Renewable Hydrogen Fund to help facilitate private sector investment in the industry. The state strategy sets four strategic focus areas: export, applications in remotely located industries, hydrogen blending in natural gas networks and transport […]
North West Brisbane’s Coopers Gap Wind Farm has reached a new milestone as it kicks off generating electricity, with the first two turbines now feeding energy into the National Electricity Market. The $850 million project involves 123 wind turbines in total, which are equipped with blades that are up to 67m long. AGL CEO, Brett Redman, said achieving first generation […]
Work is now underway on Victoria’s $276 million Berrybank Wind Farm, which will feature 43 turbines and generate enough energy to power around 138,000 homes. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio, joined Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, and Member for Buninyong, Michaela Settle, on 21 June to mark the start of major construction on the project. “This is […]
Advanced Energy Resources (AER) has commenced construction on a wind, solar and battery hybrid plant to power a remote Western Australian mine in a first-of-its kind project supported by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). The project will bring together second-hand wind turbines, solar and a lithium-ion battery to become WA’s first hybrid wind, solar and battery project. On behalf […]
New research from the Australia Institute Climate and Energy Program shows that despite no adequate national climate and energy policy, ongoing investment in renewable energy generation continues to reduce Australia’s electricity sector emissions. The National Energy Emissions Audit for the electricity sector, analyses the electricity sector over the previous month. Key findings: Australia’s electricity sector emissions are down 21 per […]
The unveiling of the first wind turbine at the Cattle Hill Wind Farm in Tasmania, highlights the state’s renewable energy sector and the huge contribution the sector makes to jobs and investment in Tasmania. This is the first of 48 wind turbines to be installed at the site throughout 2019. Once complete, the wind farm will produce enough clean energy […]
Western Australia’s Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Energy and Industrial Relations, Bill Johnston, officially opened APA Group’s Badgingarra Wind Farm (BWF) on 2 May 2019. Located at Hill River, 220km north of Perth, the $315 million wind farm consists of 37 wind turbines capable of generating 130MW of energy, generating enough power to meet the needs of more than 115,000 […]
An exploration license has been granted for Australia’s first offshore wind project, which could help address climate change concerns and create thousands of regional jobs. The approval of the exploration license by Energy Minister, Angus Taylor, follows months of pressure by the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), community groups and environmentalists who were concerned that it had been delayed by […]
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), together with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has provided $9.41 million in funding to eleven projects which trial short-term forecasting at large-scale wind and solar farms in Australia. The trial comprises at least 45 per cent of the National Electricity Market’s (NEM’s) registered wind and solar capacity, which collectively provides a total of […]
Victoria’s latest wind farm will create new jobs during and after construction, and will include a state-first underground transmission line to connect clean energy projects to the national grid. The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio, announced that construction has commenced on the $275 million, 35-turbine Mortlake South Wind Farm being built by ACCIONA. The project will […]
Alinta, an electricity and gas provider with an owned and contracted generation portfolio of up to 1957MW, has ordered components for the Yandin Wind Farm in Western Australia. The Yandin Wind Farm will provide renewable energy to over 200,000 homes, making it the state’s largest renewable power plant. Located approximately 150km north of Perth, the Yandin Wind Farm project will […]
An offshore wind farm, which would power up to 1.2 million homes, has been put on hold, as a result of Energy Minister Angus Taylor not signing off on an exploration license to allow a detailed assessment of the resource to begin. The Department of the Environment and Energy confirmed during Senate Estimates that an evaluation of the project has […]
A new wind turbine manufacturing facility is set to open in Geelong. Located at the former Ford Motor manufacturing site on the Princes Highway, the new facility is part of the Vestas Renewable Energy Hub (the Hub), a multi-disciplinary industry development initiative designed to support the Victorian Renewable Energy Target and Victoria’s New Energy Technologies strategy. The facility will be […]
A planning permit has been approved for the Golden Plains Wind Farm in Victoria, which is set to be one of the largest wind farms in the country. The Golden Plains Wind Farm, about 60km north-west of Geelong, would create hundreds of jobs and generate nearly 3,000GW hours of electricity per year – enough to power more than 400,000 homes. […]
The first wind turbine at the Coopers Gap Wind Farm is now complete, marking a huge milestone for the project. AGL General Manager of Development and Construction, Dave Johnson, said this turbine is one of 123 turbines to be erected. “Projects like this involve enormous efforts by many stakeholders; the logistics of getting the massive components to site alone is […]
The New South Wales Government has launched a new Transmission Infrastructure Strategy that is designed to create a grid of the future powered by alternate technologies. The strategy sets out a plan to build a NSW network that delivers reliable, affordable energy for NSW. The NSW Transmission Infrastructure Strategy is the NSW Government’s plan to unlock private sector investment in priority […]
Two new wind farm developments are being supported by the State Government’s Victorian Renewable Energy Targets (VRET) reverse auction, creating new industries and jobs in Geelong. Victorian Minister for Energy, Lily D’Ambrosio, announced the development of the Vestas Renewable Energy Hub (VREH), which will build wind turbines for the 180MW Berrybank Wind Farm, as well as the 336MW Dundonnell Wind […]
Huge wind turbine blades have started their journey to Coopers Gap Wind Farm, breaking records for the largest wind turbine blades ever transported in Australia. A trial delivery was recently successfully completed in preparation for sustained overnight deliveries for the remainder of 2018. AGL Project Manager, Tim Knill, said the largest blades are 67.2m long and weigh 22 tonnes. “Several […]
More than 900 megawatts (MW) of new clean energy will be generated as a result of the first Victorian renewable energy auction, driving down energy prices for Victorian families. The auction, part of the Victorian Renewable Energy Targets (VRET), was initially expected to deliver at least 650MW of renewable energy. That goal has been smashed, with the auction instead delivering […]
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