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Did First Solar think Australia was going to vote for GreenLabor in 2013 ?

Just saw this on the ABC – First Solar reconsiders Australian investments amid ‘uncertainty’ over Renewable Energy Target Quoting the article – First Solar’s vice-president of business development, Jack Curtis, says a lot has changed in the eight months since the former federal government announced the project. “Those projects … reached financial close in a [...]

New South Wales politicians surrounding the A.C.T. do not want Canberra’s wind farms in NSW

The ACT Government wants to source 200 megawats of power from wind farms in surrounding NSW to power 80,000 Canberra homes by 2020.

It is part of the Government’s target of generating 90 per cent of Canberra’s energy from renewable sources within the next six years. If all of this wind farm development takes place [...]

ABC says – “Wave energy company Oceanlinx in administration”

Ran into trouble at Carrickalinga south of Adelaide while being towed to Port Macdonnell near Mount Gambier. I wonder how much taxpayers money has gone into these wave energy ventures over a decade or so – does anybody keep a tally? How about a successful working project somewhere?

IPCC wakes up at long last – Biofuels do more harm than good

Amazing – after sceptics have been warning of this for years. The sooner the IPCC is disbanded the better off the world will be.

NSW Govt backs clearing of “Invasive Native Species” for burning to generate electricity in the Cobar region

Fascinating article from The Land – page 1 and page 3 – I have had Cobar people telling me about this for months. Is this the sort of scheme where you might expect to read about “carbon credits”?- I do not see that here – but there is another article to come. Has anybody got [...]

Why is the Abbott Govt still presenting this 2011 GreenLabor scheme for 100% electricity generation from renewables by 2030 or 2050 or whenever?

Surely it does not belong anywhere other than listed on some archive of Govt publications. Capital costs greater than $332Billion and the need to obtain 5000 square kms of land – only 70 x 70km. GreenLeft pie-in-the-sky-fairy-story-twaddle.

BBC – Climate change and EU energy challenges – fails to mention “elephant in room” increase in German coal use

The BBC’s Gavin Hewitt says – “Thirdly, Angela Merkel’s U-turn. After the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011 the German chancellor took an usually swift decision: Germany moved away from nuclear power and bet its future on renewables.” Interesting that Bloomberg reports “Ten new hard-coal power stations, or 7,985 megawatts, are scheduled to start [...]

Northern Territory Government says the Henbury Carbon Farming project was “illegal”

Readers know that I have several articles on the Henbury Carbon Farm venture which failed last year. Last September I missed this ABC news 3 Sep 2013 – NT Government says Henbury carbon farming was “illegal” Quote – [The Primary Industry Minister Willem Westra van Holthe told Northern Territory Parliament the project was illegal, because [...]

Why would anybody be surprised ?

Washington Post records that – Sting operations reveal Mafia involvement in renewable energy

Labor’s Joel Fitzgibbon not enthusiastic about sacred cow green energy targets

A rare and welcome chink in GreenLabor armour – Labor’s whip Joel Fitzgibbon calls for green target cut We have often discussed these issues here – check the Renewable Energy list. Although not mentioned by Mr Fitzgibbon – if we keep aiming for the existing RET target while gross electricity use is declining we will [...]