Oct 29

Renewable News 29th October

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Infigen shares jumped 18 per cent on Monday with rumours of a prospective buyers.

Insiders are also wondering that with some cash in the war chest, will Infigen try to secure the Emu Downs wind farm which is only 200km away from their Alinta/Walkaway wind farm.

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Collector residents are getting loud about the prospect of up to 80 wind turbines being constructed nearby.Transfield Services submitted a project application last month for the $400million Collector wind farm development. The proposed project is 55km north-east of Canberra just south of the Cullerin Range wind farm. The project has local residents uneasy about the possible visual impact of 80 turbines up to 150m tall along the north south escarpment.

Rugby Wind Farm
Environmental assessment work has been undertaken for a proposed large wind farm in-between Rugby and Boorowa in South West NSW. Windlab Developments, together with Suzlon Energy, are jointly investigating the development of the Rugby Wind Farm, located between Rugby and Boorowa. Windlabs has been investigating the area since 2004. The proposed wind farm will comprise of up to 90 wind turbines, up to 160m tall.

The ACT government is standing by its solar feed-in tariff despite the NSW governments actions to slash the tariff for household solar installations. ACT installation up to 10kW receive 45.7c per kWh, compared to the revised NSW tariff of 20c/kWh.

UFWA’s new manager is set to move their office closer to the action in the CBD of Sydney.

Two top executives in Acciona’s North America business have left the group, amid continuing rumours of a switch in emphasis from its US operations due to this years downturn in the US wind market.

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Oct 28

Renewable News 28th October

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NSW Household Solar
The NSW government has dramatically reduced the household rebate for its solar energy scheme in an effort to avoid a $2.5 billion blow out. The gross feed in tarriff would be reduced from 60c to 20c/kWh.

Wave Energy developer Carnegie unveiled the buoyant actuator (BA), a key component of its commercial scale CETO 3 unit. Once deployed, Carnegie’s CETO 3 will be the first commercial wave energy unit operating in Australia.

NRG Energy Inc. said it plans to spend $300 million on BrightSource Energy Inc.’s planned 392 MW solar thermal power station in Ivanpah, California.

Construction of the plant has already begun, and is forecasted for completion in 2012. The project will use pole-mounted mirrors, or heliostats, to reflect the sun’s rays to boilers mounted on top of towers, vaporizing the water inside with temperatures of than 538 degC. The steam produced will be piped to a turbine generator.

Kenya plans to start drilling for geothermal steam deposits at Menengai near the southwestern town of Nakuru in December, By June 2011, the East African country plans to drill six wells in the area, using two drilling rigs. Kenya plans to seek as many as four geothermal power-plant developers to exploit deposits in Menengai.

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Oct 25

Renewable News 25th October

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RES Australia
The Victoria Planning Minister Justin Madden has given development approval to the $326 million, 75 turbine, 247.5MW Ararat wind farm. The Ararat wind farm and numerous others in Western Victoria have been slow to move through the independent panel process and Justin Maddens office.

Iberdrola SA increased its stake in Gamesa Corporacion Tecnologica SA to 15.362 percent.

Siemens AG has won an order to supply 80 wind turbines for the Dan Tysk wind farm off the northern German coast.

General Electric Co. and Itochu Corp. will jointly invest $319 million in a wind-energy project in Oklahoma. The 152- megawatt wind farm will comprise 66, 2.3-megawatt turbines.

HSBC the London-based bank cut its U.S. forecast for wind project development by 14 percent to 6 gigawatts this year and by 33 percent to 5 gigawatts next year. It cited competition from cheap shale gas, uncertainty about federal clean energy legislation and a weak market for power purchase agreements, analyst James Magness said in an e-mailed note today. They also said Vestas is the best-placed turbine manufacturer worldwide to gain market share in the slump.

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Oct 20

Renewable News 20th October

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The DECCW has been proactive in dealing with the rush of NSW wind farm proposals, by creating Renewable Energy Precincts throughout NSW.  The DECCW is organising wind forums at hot spot locations to educate and discuss issues with the community and stakeholders.

Their first Wind Industry Public forum was held in Coolah in August, with close to 140 attendees.

There is currently six Renewable Energy Precincts in eastern NSW. These precints are managed by DECCW staff who will organise landowner workshops and forums. The precincts are:
– New England Tablelands,
– Upper Hunter,
– Central Tablelands,
– NSW/ACT Border Region,
– South Coast,
– Cooma-Monaro.

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Oct 19

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A report by Victorian Business has indicated that for Melbourne to cope with the serious infrastructure problems it faced over coming decades, there needed to be a ‘‘serious examination’’ of options such as nuclear power.

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Carbon Price Comparison
Chinese power generators face what is in effect a carbon price eight times higher than Australian producers, and British companies pay 17 times more, according to a study that challenges the argument a carbon price would penalise Australian industry while international competitors continue to pollute without penalty.

The analysis, which calculated the total cost of taxes, regulations and subsidies to reduce CO2 emissions in six countries, found Australia was lagging rather than ”leading the world” on a carbon price. On an international comparison, Australian electricity producers face extremely low charges.

The study found Australia’s renewable energy target and various state government policies add up to what, is an estimated carbon tax on electricity producers of $1.68 per tonne of emissions. That compares with a cost of $29.31 in Britain, $14.22 in China, $9.52 through the emissions trading scheme in the north-eastern states of the US, $5.05 in other US states, and $3.11 in Japan. Only South Korean power producers enjoy a lower carbon price than Australia, at 72¢ per tonne.

The US Trade Representative Office has announced it will start an investigation into allegations by the Steel Industry Unions that China is unfairly supporting renewable technologies.

Policy makers around the world would be scratching their heads at the play from the US. Most countries around the world (esp the US) have subsidised, provided grants, offered credit lines of credit or paid feed-in tariffs to assist the uptake of renewable energy and emerging renewable technologies.

South Korea
South Korea has revealed ambitious plans to catch up with global rivals in wind and solar with a US$36 billion program to boost exports. The program is looking to turn around the country’s small stake in the global manufacturing business for turbines and PV.

The UK government has dropped its £21bn support for the Severn estuary tidal-energy scheme, saying that wind, carbon capture and storage and nuclear power represent a better deal for taxpayers.

US industrial giant United Technologies Corporation (UTC) and the management of Clipper Windpower have reached an agreement for UTC to buy the troubled turbine company.

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Oct 15

Renewable News 15th October

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Boom Logistics
Boom Logistics has been awarded a contract from Suzlon to provide crane logistics and lifting services for the construction and delivery of the AFK Oaklands Hill wind farm.

The contract is expected to deliver Boom $4 million in revenue over 18 weeks. The project will be supported by Boom’s operators, six of Boom’s high capacity cranes ranging in size from 100 tonnes to 750 tonnes and several smaller support cranes. The wind farm will be commissioned and operating by late 2011.

China’s wind power capacity will increase more than five-fold over the next decade from 2009, a report forecast on Wednesday, as the country steps up its drive to develop clean energy. China’s total installed wind power capacity will reach at least 150 gigawatts by 2020 compared with 25.8 gigawatts at the end of 2009, according to the China Wind Power Outlook 2010 report.

A more ambitious forecast by the publishers of the report — Greenpeace, the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) — is 230 gigawatts over the next 10 years.

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Oct 14

Renewable News 14th October

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Infigen and Eurus Energy (a Japanese renewable electricity player) have teamed up to look at the Emu Downs wind farm. They are among 5 short listed parties performing detailed due diligence on the deal.

Geodynamics Limited has announced that all conditions precedent for the $90 million grant awarded to the Company under the Federal Government’s Renewable Energy Demonstration Program (REDP) have been satisfied. Geodynamics has received confirmation from the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism that the grant is now unconditional and that funding will commence in line with agreed milestones.

TRANSFIELD Services Infrastructure Fund says it will consider all ”sensible offers” for its stake in the Loy Yang A coal-fired power station to focus on developing its renewable energy assets.

A $500million upgrade of the ageing Munmorah power station has been approved, despite predictions it will increase the state’s total greenhouse gas emissions by up to 2.5 per cent. The state government announced yesterday the approval for the Delta Electricity proposal to ‘‘rehabilitate’’ two generating units to operate at 700 megawatts as either coal-fired or coal and gas-fired.

Solar Millennium
The German solar-thermal specialist, Solar Millennium AG reduced its sales forecast for the current fiscal year to 150 million euros from 350 million euros, and its earnings before interest and taxes forecast to a neutral or slightly negative EBIT.

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Oct 12

Renewable News 12th October

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THE federal government aims to legislate for a price on carbon late next year and have a scheme operating well before the next election in a bid to lessen the impact of a predicted fear campaign as voters go to the polls.

Cool nrg
Standard Bank (Africa’s largest lender), will today announce a multi-million investment in the Australian company Cool nrg to help advance the world’s first energy efficiency program targeting households under the Kyoto Protocol.

Cool nrg has been the subject of international attention for its plan to replace 45 million incandescent light bulbs in 12.5 million Mexican households under the United Nations Clean Development Mechanism.

Green power utility Enerji has signed an MoUagreement with WA state government owned power company Horizon Power to establish a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

The companies have agreed to work together to integrate Enerji’s Opcon Powerbox (waste to energy plant) into Horizon Power’s Canarvon power station.

Enerji is a partner of Opcon who developed the proprietary Opcon Powerbox product for production of new carbon-free electricity primarily from waste and surplus heat at temperatures as low as 55° C. Among other applications, Opcon Powerbox can be installed in large process plants, power stations, large diesel engines and large ships and can produce up to 6,000 MWh per year.

Siemens strengthens its commercial ties with the Canadian province Ontario, securing a follow-up order for 72 of its turbines to be installed at the 166MW Comber wind farm in Essex County.

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Oct 08

Renewable News 8th October

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NSW Power Sale
Bidders are circling on the $8 billion NSW electricity auction as the government is still to confirm the crucial details of the coal supply agreements for the 3 state owned power stations.

AGL has partnered with Royal Bank of Scotland, Citigroup, MinterEllison and now possibly Merrill Lynch.

Origin has partnered with Macquarie and Clayton Utz.

TRU has partnered with Morgan Stanley and Mallesons Stephen Jaques, with UBS at the ready.

AGL Energy
AGL Energy Ltd., whose shares have risen 19 percent this year, remains undervalued and is set to gain as Australia shifts to renewable energy and gas to tackle climate change, Southern Cross Equities Ltd. said.

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Oct 07

Renewable News 7th October

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Melbourne Wind Drinks
To coincide with the Melbourne All Energy Conference, Entura (old HTC) is having wind drinks tonight. The details are below, please feel free to forward to anybody interested in the renewable industry.

Date: Thursday 07/10/10
Time: 6pm onwards
Location: Lilyblacks, 12 Meyers Place, Melbourne.

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