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Renewable energy in Oceania

  • Clean energy won’t save us – only a new economic system can do that

    WORLD, 2016/07/16 Before this year media outlets around the world announced that February had broken world temperature records by a shocking all. March broke all the records, too. In June our screens were covered with surreal images of Paris flooding, the Seine bursting its banks and flowing into the streets. In London, the floods sent water pouring into the tube system right in the heart of Covent Garden. Roads in south-east London became rivers two metres deep. With such extreme events becoming additional commonplace, few deny climate change any longer. Finally, a consensus is crystallising around one all-significant fact: fossil fuels are killing us. We need to switch to clean energy, and fast. But while this growing awareness about the dangers of fossil fuels represents a crucial shift in our consciousness, I can’t help but fear we’ve missed the point. As significant as clean energy may be, the science is clear: it won’t save us from climate change.
  • The 1.2GW of wind energy Australia missed out on in 2014

    AUSTRALIA, 2015/06/08 In the Clean Energy Council’s annual Clean Energy Statement, 2, CEC chief Kane Thornton described 2014 as one of the toughest years the renewables sector had endured for additional than a decade, thanks to some outstanding political bastardry and the investment drought it wrought. But judging by the below table, taken from the 2015 statement, it was tougher on some sectors than on others. As it says, this is a inventory of the wind farms around Australia – well, around Victoria, and one in NSW – that were on hold at the end of 2014 “due to RET uncertainty,” despite being approved for development and by presently underway.
  • Solar farm project

    FIJI, 2014/06/05 A NEW 67-kilowatt solar farm was launched in Vuda, Lautoka, yesterday, marking an extra milestone in renewable energy initiatives in the country. Owned by Total (Fiji) Limited, the solar farm will supply 100megawatts of electricity each hour for a year. Company managing director Sylvian Quemeneur said the pilot project was designed to sustain Total (Fiji) Ltd's Vuda plant. "The pilot project has been ongoing for one year so the cost of the solar panels is not relevant from presently on and we cannot reveal from presently on how much the costs are," he said. "As a pilot, we were most interested to see how we can push ahead with this technology in Fiji particularly in Vuda because we have the perfect spot to install these solar panels. It is definitely our commitment to better energy.
  • Asia Pacific governments reduce dependence on fossil fuels

    WESTERN ASIA, 2013/07/03 As request for energy increases in Asia Pacific, governments across the region intensify efforts to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, and instead are searching for renewable energy sources. Part the renewable energy sources, solar power seems to be the brightest star at the three-day Clean Energy Expo Asia 2012 in Bangkok. “Solar power is the next of energy. The sun shines each day from morning till night and I have been developing solar power in Thailand for the last three years,” said Wandee Khunchornyakong, chairwoman and CEO of SPCG Public Company Limited.
  • How To Make Solar Technology More Efficient

    EUROPE, 2013/04/15  How fitting for a German-born innovator and inventor to prove Albert Einstein’s opinion, true. Nothing, as a source of energy matches the sun. It out-powers anything that human ability, through technology could ever invent. Only a minuscule fraction of the sun’s power output reaches earth, but that which does, provides 10,000 times as much as all the commercial energy that humans use on the planet. Solar energy from the sun, accounts for more than the entire annual global supply of fossil produced energy.
  • Clean technology companies

    EUROPE, 2013/01/01 It was an extra discouraging year for Canadians investing in clean technology companies but the companies that survived are giving the industry a glimmer of hope within the gloom. Next a dismal 2011, the completed year was supposed to see some of the beaten down public firms in the sector showing their stuff and gaining momentum. Instead, several players collapsed, and a lot of of those that remain have seen their stock fall dramatically. Only a handful have managed strong returns over the course of the year.
  • Indonesia, NZ to Partner on Geothermal Projects

    INDONESIA, 2012/12/22 New Zealand and Indonesia have reaffirmed their commitment to boost their bilateral relations, with both nations agreeing to focus on collaborating on geothermal energy projects. In a press conference after the fifth annual Joint Ministerial Commission conference on Tuesday, visiting New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully and his Indonesian counterpart, Marty Natalegawa, agreed that collaboration in the geothermal energy sector and other renewable energy projects was a priority for both nations amid increased concerns over climate change and other environmental issues.
  • Renewable energy should take precedence over gas 2012-09-14

    NEW ZEALAND, 2012/09/14 New Zealand must learn from Queensland's experience with coal seam gas, writes Green Party energy spokesman Gareth Hughes. Drew Hutton, of the Lock The Gate Alliance Australia, recently wrapped up his tour of the country in Gore. On his tour, he warned of a plague sweeping rural Queensland destroying farmland, threatening water supplies, and eroding the communities that rely upon them. That plague is the coal seam gas industry, for which our Government is rolling out the red carpet.
  • Spanish renewable energy developer Acciona 2012-01-26

    AUSTRALIA, 2012/01/26 Spanish renewable energy developer Acciona will press ahead with construction of a 189MW wind farm in Victoria after receiving final approval from the Australian national’s government. Construction of the A$400m ($419m) Mount Gellibrand facility is planned to begin before 15 March, after which the project would fall foul of stiffer national planning provisions that place restrictions on the location of wind farms. Acciona has decided to proceed with construction without a power purchase agreement (PPA), a company spokeswoman confirms. She says negotiations are ongoing over a supply transaction, but declines to comment further.
  • Tthe biggest single investment in renewable energy ever. 2011-07-18

    AUSTRALIA, 2011/07/18