Tag Archives: renewable energy

Renewing the renewable energy debate

wind farm

Regardless of whether you think that using clean, renewable energy sources like wind and solar is the “right” thing to do for our environment, within a few years it’s going to be the smart thing to do financially.
Renewable energy has become a hot topic for both Federal and ACT politicians. The Federal Government has directed [...]

Wind auction delivers renewable energy and economic benefits

By 6 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT’s first wind energy reverse auction has resulted in a $50 million direct investment into the local economy and broader economic benefits in excess of $240 million, Minister for the Environment Simon Corbell announced today.
 “The auction has also delivered low renewable energy prices and enough renewable energy to provide for approximately 33% of Canberra’s [...]

ACT Government recognised as a global sustainability leader

By 24 September 2014

The ACT Government’s commitment to sustainability has received further international recognition with Environment Minister, Simon Corbell, being invited by the Danish Prime Minister, Ms Helle Thorning-Schmidt, to attend the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF 2014) in Copenhagen from October 20-21.
Mr Corbell was one of just four Australians to receive an invitation to be among 250 [...]

Simon Corbell speaks at Global Wind Day (titter) event

By 16 June 2014

Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, spoke yesterday at the Global Wind Day event held at Parliament House to help celebrate renewable energy.
“Renewable energy is the future for Canberra as we work toward achieving the ACT’s ambitious 90%-by-2020 renewable energy target for the territory,” Mr Corbell said.
“The ACT government is excited to [...]

Blog Post: Saving the environment from our own Government


I never expected Tony Abbott to take any sort of stance to fight climate change, so I’m not entirely surprised by his current move to form an alliance to put economy before environment.  I don’t agree with it, but I am not surprised by it.
I am however surprised and disappointed by the ACT Government’s move [...]

Government calls for wind energy proposals

wind farm

Following the announcement of a 90% renewable energy consumption target for the ACT (although with renewable energy production needing to come from outside the ACT), The ACT Government has called for wind energy proposals.
Minister Simon Corbell said proposals would be judged on a combination of factors, including price, local investment and proven community engagement.
“Wind energy [...]

ACT Renewable Energy

By 4 April 2014

I’m one of those people who loves the look of wind farms.  To me, they signal change and technology stepping us forward to a more sustainable future.  Well, that and the rhythmic turning of the turbines is quite meditative.  That said, I don’t have one in my backyard, or over the road or even at [...]

Climate Change deniers take note. You’re in a very small minority

By 22 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate has released the results of the climate change survey and it’s not pretty reading for the nutty retards who think Gina Rinehart has their best interests at heart:
The majority of residents (88%) believe that climate change is a genuine problem for the future.
Respondents accept their own lifestyles contribute [...]

Explainer: how does the electricity grid work?

By 8 November 2013

By Glenn Platt, CSIRO
Where would we be without electricity? Assuming that you own a fridge, there won’t be many points in your life when you aren’t making use of it.
But what do we mean when we talk about the electricity grid?
The grid itself is less of a physical location. Instead, it is a term typically [...]

Can we get to 90% renewable energy in 6 years???

By 4 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Simon Corbell has the terrifying news that he intends to drive the ACT economy to 90% renewable energy by the not-very-far-from-now date of 2020:
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, has today announced the formal establishment in law of a 90% renewable energy (electricity) target for the ACT to be achieved by 2020. [...]

Sod turned for Royalla solar

By 16 October 2013

Simon Corbell has put out word that the first sod has been duly turned for Canberra’s first industrial solar farm at Royalla:
Construction of what will be Australia’s largest photovoltaic solar farm officially commenced today, when Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, turned the first sod at the site of the Royalla Solar [...]

ACT getting two new solar farms

By 19 August 2013

Simon Corbell announced the winners of the ACT Solar Auction today, which means Canberra will now be getting two new large solar farms.
“I am pleased to announce two new solar farms will be developed in Canberra as a result of the Solar Auction process, which will now contribute over $100 million worth of capital investment [...]

33 megawatts of renewable energy capacity in the ACT

By 16 July 2013

The ICRC has released its quarterly feed in summary report into all those rooftop solar panels.
One can argue that the feed in tariff was a terrible way to pay for solar energy capacity.
But it’s hard to argue against the volume of electrons the beasts are throwing out now:
• Total installed capacity of renewable generators at [...]

Royalla industrial solar marching on

By 2 July 2013

Simon Corbell has announced his approval for a 20MW solar farm on the Monaro Highway:
“I have used my powers under Sections 158, 159 and 160 of the Planning and Development Act 2007 to approve this proposal because it responds to a major policy issue and will deliver a substantial public benefit,” Mr Corbell said. [...]

ANU cracks electrical storage?


The Australian National University is claiming its boffins Ray Withers and Yun Liu have cracked a new material for making capacitors which in theory would allow for storage of renewable energy, putting baseload power out of business:
The new metal oxide dielectric material outperforms current capacitors in many aspects, storing large amounts of energy and [...]

Many more turn out for pro wind rally


A source has sent through the pictures from today’s pro wind rally in Garema Place which has left Alan Jones campaigning against looking even more foolish than usual.

UPDATE: Twitter brings this:
Rally comparison. Ping .@Ha_Tanya @350Australia @SebHenbest @GetUp @DanJCass @beyondzeronews et al
— Ketan Joshi (@ArghJoshi) June 18, 2013

Electricity prices to stay low low low says Simon

By 23 April 2013

Simon Corbell has the happy news that the ACT is to enjoy relatively low electricity prices into the future:
The ACT is forecast to continue to have the lowest household electricity prices in Australia through to at least 2015, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said today.
“This is great news for the residents [...]

30 Megawatts of installed rooftop solar

By 10 April 2013

The Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission ICRC has released their activity summary of the Electricity Feed-in Scheme.
For mine the big announcement is:
Total installed capacity of renewable generators at 31 December 2012 was 30,149 kilowatts, compared with 28,628 kilowatts at the end of the September 2012 quarter
With more applications rolling in it looks like the industry [...]

Renewable energy day

By 20 November 2012

[ 21 November 2012; ]

Renewable Energy Day is tomorrow and there’s quite a lot to do around town including tours of the Woodlawn bio-reactor and the local wind farm.

Worth a look.

Large scale wind to join the solar under Simon’s plan

By 19 September 2012

Simon Corbell, nevermind being in caretaker moder, nevermind that a parliament cannot bind its successors, is laying out his energy plan for the ACT to the year 2020.
“The ACT Labor Government is committed to delivering significant reductions in our carbon emissions with a 40% reduction on 1990 levels, by 2020, and carbon neutrality by 2060, [...]

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) to build Royalla 1, a 20MW solar power facility

By 5 September 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Gosh! Royalla 1 has a ring to it eh? Simon Corbell has unveiled the winner of the big solar power facility auction:
Mr Corbell announced the outcome of the ACT Government’s fast-track stream of the ACT large-scale solar reverse auction by confirming that Royalla 1 will become the largest solar power facility built in Australia to [...]

Solar Panel installers in Canberra

By 20 August 2012

Riotact Hivemind, I’m getting with the times and going to install solar panels to help reduce my electricity bills.
Problem is – Solargain is currently the only provider I can find that installs in Canberra. There are plenty of companies that come up with a google search, but none of them service the Canberra region. [...]

The renewable energy industry is, unsurprisingly, interested in plans for a large scale solar facility

By 16 April 2012

This might be stating the obvious but the ACT Labor Government’s solar plan is receiving plenty of interest from the renewable energy industry, as Simon Corbell announced yesterday. Forty nine separate prequalification proposals were received, showing that the nation’s capital is keen to get started on a large scale solar facility.
“This level of interest [...]

New Developments in Solar Technology

By 2 April 2012

Arguments about the feasibility of renewable energy often concentrate around costings and capabilities that are out of date.  But what exactly is happening in solar technology?  Speculate no longer!  Come along to the Bob Douglas Lecture Theatre, Eggleston Road, ANU Campus tomorrow night at 6 pm to find out for yourself what the latest from [...]

Simon seeking submissions for solar power

By 27 January 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Simon Corbell has let the world know he’d like proposals for a large scale solar plant here in Canberra:
Renewable energy companies with proposals to establish large scale solar generation in the ACT are being invited to submit proposals to the Government as part of the ACT Labor Government’s plan to make Canberra Australia’s solar capital, [...]

Large scale solar moving forward

By 6 December 2011

Simon Corbell is celebrating getting the nod from the Legislative Assembly to ramp up solar power generation in Canberra.
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, has today welcomed in-principal support from the ACT Legislative Assembly, for legislation which will allow large-scale solar facilities to be rolled out across the ACT.
“The Government’s legislation proposes [...]

Which of Simon’s pathways to carbon neutrality do you prefer? [With poll]

By 5 December 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

Simon Corbell has announced his proposed pathways to the promised carbon neutrality of 2060.
The options are:
Pathway1: involves the use of renewable energy as the main strategy for achieving emissions reductions. The purchase of a small component carbon offsets is also included, as current modelling indicates that switching to renewable energy for the total ACT electricity [...]

Government purchasing more green power than it needs

By 4 December 2011

The Liberals’ Zed Seselja is making merry with staggering ineptness from the Environment Directorate.
Simon Corbell’s Environment Directorate’s illogical use of environmental offsets was exposed this week, after it was discovered the Directorate purchases 64 per cent more electricity than actually uses. ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja said today the admission is another example of [...]

Large scale solar legislation brought in

By 16 November 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

Simon Corbell has announced he’s introducing the Electricity Feed In (Large Scale Renewable Energy Generation) Bill 2011 today.
“This is the first time an Australian Government has proposed the use of a feed in tariff for commercial scale renewable energy generation,” Mr Corbell said.
“The Bill establishes the framework for a feed in tariff „reverse auction? to [...]

Greens not impressed by the Sustainable Energy Policy

By 29 September 2011

The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury has expressed his disappointment with yesterday’s release of the ACT’s Sustainable Energy Policy:
“The ACT has an ambitious greenhouse gas emissions target and yet there is no connection between meeting that target and this document, even though the two policies are inextricably linked.
“After two years of development and a whole host of [...]

We have a sustainable energy policy

By 28 September 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

Simon Corbell has announced the release of the ACT Sustainable Energy Policy 2011-2020:
The Sustainable Energy Policy sets out four key outcomes, backed by 27 detailed measures. The 4 key outcomes
– Outcome One: Reliable and Affordable Energy;
– Outcome Two: Smarter Use of Energy;
– Outcome Three: Cleaner Energy; and,
– Outcome Four: Growth in the Clean Economy.
Some of [...]

Say Yes Events Canberra

By 5 August 2011

[ 6 August 2011; 8 August 2011; 13 August 2011; ]

We are hosting 3 events in Canberra over the next 2 weeks.

1. On Saturday August 6 and Saturday August 13 we will be at the Gorman House Markets to talk to the public about the carbon price and what it means for you and Australia.


2. on Monday August 8 in the evening;

Grassroots Public Forum
Monday [...]

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