The federal government has defended its target of a 5 per cent cut to greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, saying Australia’s history of cheap, carbon-heavy coal electricity makes reducing emissions a tougher task than in other countries.
Yesterday the SMH revealed confidential climate change department advice suggesting the strength of emissions cuts pledged by other major economies, such as China, meant Australia should adopt a tougher 2020 emissions reduction target of between 10 and 15 per cent on 2000 levels.
Gisborne company West Wind has erected a 10-metre MET tower on a private property on Dalrymple Road in Gisborne South to gather information about the wind resource. It’s considering developing a six-tower wind farm on the land, which overlooks picturesque Red Rock.
Sister Wind Farm
Wind Farm Developments went to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) in April this year after an application for its 12-turbine project near Terang was rejected by Moyne Shire.
VCAT upheld the project’s rejection due to the noise it was likely to generate but said turbines would not disrupt farming activity or wildlife. Wind Farm Developments asked that the matter return to VCAT and be heard by a new panel, with Moyne Shire requesting that the only issues considered be the wind farm’s noise and the impact of additional turbines at the nearby Mortlake South project.
AGL is proposing to build a small scale LNG plant at Tomago, near Newcastle by 2014. The $300 million peak shaving plant will produce up to 130,000 tonnes. On top of the gas reserves that AGL has already secured near Newcastle, it is continuing to explore in the Gloucester Basin area.
Marubeni Corp has decided to jump feet first into US power transmission, in the hope that the Obama administration’s renewable-energy push will boost demand for new power lines there.
Siemens will supply 15 of its new SWT-3.0-101 direct drive turbines to Minnesota Power for its Bison 1 wind farm near Center, North Dakota.
REpower will supply 21 of their 2.1 MM82 turbines to Energiekontor’s U.K. unit, Suzlon said today.