B.C. and Canada take key step forward to electrify industry

B.C. and Canada take key step forward to electrify industry

VICTORIA — Merran Smith, executive director at Clean Energy Canada, made the following statement in response to the memorandum of understanding made between the federal government and the province of B.C. to electrify the natural gas sector.

Victoria rooftop solar rebate under fire again, as application portal crashes

Victoria rooftop solar rebate under fire again, as application portal crashes

State energy minister Lily D’Ambrosio said an additional 23,000 rebates would be opened up to application across the financial year, and that Solar Victoria would release two separate rebate allocations each month, to better meet demand for discounted rooftop solar.

One year on, how good is Morrison’s climate and energy denial?

One year on, how good is Morrison’s climate and energy denial?

(Actually Victoria’s targets are for 2025 and 2030, right now it is struggling just to meet its share of the federal target, and South Australia’s grid is already more than 50% wind and solar and looking pretty solid, with the state Liberal government now aiming for “net 100%).Taylor said Hazelwood closed down because it couldn’t cope with the rate of growth of “intermittent” (a phrase he used a lot) renewables.

Victoria solar “mess” continues, as Coalition push for inquiry falls flat

Victoria solar “mess” continues, as Coalition push for inquiry falls flat

D’Ambrosio in complete denial about the growing range of problems her Solar Homes program has created for the industry, a Parliamentary inquiry would have allowed business owners and those working in the solar industry to tell their stories and demonstrate to the government why an urgent review of the policy is needed,” Smith said.

Angus Taylor’s Liddell taskforce slammed as guise for propping up coal

Angus Taylor’s Liddell taskforce slammed as guise for propping up coal

It is yet another intervention by Taylor into the energy market, including his so-called “big stick”, and his proposal for underwriting new generation investments, including potentially extending the life of the Vales Point coal fired power station.“The Morrison and Berejiklian Governments are acting to ensure there is no repeat of the impact on the National Electricity Market following the premature closure of the Hazelwood Power Station in Victoria,” Taylor said in a statement.

Victoria solar rebate “disaster” as August quota fills in 90 minutes

Victoria solar rebate “disaster” as August quota fills in 90 minutes

The Victoria government is coming under immense pressure to modify the design of its $1.3 billion solar rebate scheme after the August quota was filled – concert-ticket style – in just 90 minutes on Tuesday morning, effectively putting an artificial cap on the market.

Corporate PPAs take chunk out of Origin electricity sales

Corporate PPAs take chunk out of Origin electricity sales

Energetics also notes that Victorian projects have continued to dominate corporate PPA activity, with 46 per cent of project capacity (about 1700MW) supported by corporate PPAs. Origin also noted in its quarterly results that in Energy Markets, electricity volumes had decreased 3 per cent in FY2019 “due to lower customer accounts and usage.”.

Solar Insiders Podcast: Solar wars in Victoria

Solar Insiders Podcast: Solar wars in Victoria

As the solar industry gets ready for a public protest in Melbourne against the design of the Victoria government’s solar rebate scheme, we talk to Solar Victoria boss Stan Krpan. Krpan joins Solar Insiders to defend the scheme’s design. PVsell is a proud sponsor of Solar Insiders

Danish researchers create worldwide solar energy model

Danish researchers create worldwide solar energy model

Credit: Assistant Professor Marta Victoria Solar cells are currently the world's most talked-about renewable energy source, and for any future sustainable energy system, it is crucial to know about the performance of photovoltaic systems at local, regional and global levels.

Solar Insiders Podcast: Killer whales and chasing solar rebates

Solar Insiders Podcast: Killer whales and chasing solar rebates

The Solar Insiders podcast resumes after a holiday break, with a nature reminder of why we are in this business, and a question over what Victoria does next. PVsell is a proud sponsor of Solar Insiders

Australia now has more than 9GW of small scale rooftop solar

Australia now has more than 9GW of small scale rooftop solar

In the latest month, Sunwiz says that installations have returned to record levels in NSW and Queensland, tied for the month at 44MW, but Victoria fell sharply, by 33 per cent to 29MW, because the quota for the state government subsidy expired early.

Canada joins California over Trump in standing up for better, cleaner cars

Canada joins California over Trump in standing up for better, cleaner cars

VICTORIA — Dan Woynillowicz, policy director at Clean Energy Canada, made the following statement in response to the federal government’s announcement that it will collaborate with California in developing vehicle emission regulations for cars, SUVs and pickup trucks as President Donald Trump aims to weaken them.“Amid high gas prices and increasingly visible climate change impacts, who wouldn’t want a cleaner, more fuel-efficient car or truck?

Global model predicts solar power installation productivity

Global model predicts solar power installation productivity

“We’ve collected 38 years of global solar radiation, weather and temperature data with a spatial resolution of 40km x 40km for the entire globe, and compared this with historical data for photovoltaic installations in Europe,” said Aarhus University department of engineering researcher Marta Victoria, who has lead the project.

Victoria wind farm rejected by VCAT over proximity to airstrip

Victoria wind farm rejected by VCAT over proximity to airstrip

The 12-turbine Naroghid Wind Farm, which was acquired by Alinta Energy in 2017, has had a rocky history since it was first conceived in 2004, including falling foul of the controversial 2km setback rule introduced by the former state Coalition government.

Enel and contractor strike deal over cost over-runs at Victoria solar farm

Enel and contractor strike deal over cost over-runs at Victoria solar farm

Enel Green Power and Tempo have not discussed the nature of the problems at Cohuna, a solar project that has won a contract with the Victoria state government, but on Friday Tempo said the potential cost over-runs were significant enough to be “untenable” for the company.

CEFC big solar investments pass $1 billion, with stake in Kiamal Solar Farm

CEFC big solar investments pass $1 billion, with stake in Kiamal Solar Farm

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation says it has passed the $1 billion-mark for investments in Australia’s large-scale solar sector, after taking a $51 million stake in Victoria’s largest PV farm.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises Total Eren on the largest solar farm to achieve financial close in Victoria

Herbert Smith Freehills advises Total Eren on the largest solar farm to achieve financial close in Victoria

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Total Eren on the equity sell-down, project financing and construction of Stage 1 of the Kiamal Solar Farm, located in Ouyen, approximately 100km south of Mildura, Victoria and with a generation capacity of 200MWac. Once completed, Stage 1 of the Kiamal Solar Farm will be the largest solar farm in Victoria.

Victoria Police add Tesla Model X to highway patrol fleet

Victoria Police add Tesla Model X to highway patrol fleet

Electric vehicles could be the norm for road policing in Australia within just 10 years’ time, Victoria Police has said, after revealing on Monday it had welcomed a Tesla Model X into the fold of its highway patrol operational fleet.

Victoria delivers on solar homes, arms “energy cop” with budget funding

Victoria delivers on solar homes, arms “energy cop” with budget funding

The Victoria budget has delivered on the Andrew’s state Labor government pledge to expand the Solar Homes program, which promised an additional $1.3 billion to support the installation of rooftop solar on Victorian homes over the next 10 years.

Victorian summer review: It’s time to prioritise peak demand reduction

Victorian summer review: It’s time to prioritise peak demand reduction

This is particularly salient given the voluntary and involuntary load shedding that occurred in Victoria during extreme heat on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 January, 2019.Importantly, load shedding initiated by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) was in effect a demand response when supply was not adequate to meet demand.

South Australia’s experience contradicts Coalition emissions scare campaign

South Australia’s experience contradicts Coalition emissions scare campaign

SA has already moved substantially towards Labor’s 2030 target by generating 50% of electricity from renewables and proven its ability to deal with heatwaves that caused mass blackouts in Victoria earlier this year – without breaking the bank.

Victoria rooftop solar market languishing since rebate pause: SunWiz

Victoria rooftop solar market languishing since rebate pause: SunWiz

The Solar Homes subsidy, which cuts the cost of installing rooftop PV in half for eligible households, was capped in early April after a deluge of more than 30,000 applications.

Numurkah solar farm, to help power steel works, Melbourne trams, begins production

Numurkah solar farm, to help power steel works, Melbourne trams, begins production

Neoen Australia’s Numurkah solar farm has begun sending power to Victoria’s grid, making good on landmark deals to power both the Laverton steel works and Melbourne’s network of trams.

Big batteries displace coal, and lower costs in frequency markets

Big batteries displace coal, and lower costs in frequency markets

In its latest Quarterly Energy Dynamics report, AEMO says batteries have increase their share of key FCAS markets from 10 per cent in the last quarter of 2018 to 17 per cent in the first quarter of 2019, thanks to the recent addition of the Dalrymple battery storage plant in South Australia and the Ballarat battery storage facility in Victoria.

Victorian water utilities join forces to source cheap solar power

Victorian water utilities join forces to source cheap solar power

Victorian water minister Lisa Neville said on Tuesday that the power purchase deal, starting October 2019, meant the utilities would be able to source electricity at “a much cheaper rate” than would be possible individually.

Know your NEM: How to replace a $3.5 trillion industry

Know your NEM: How to replace a $3.5 trillion industry

Source: SporThis Washington Post article suggests betting markets may not even be as good as opinion polls, at least in the US.For what it’s worth I think the change was due to Morrison being a good campaigner and keeping the ugly (to me) largely unpopular, as shown in Victoria, hard right of the Coalition well away from the news in the hope that voters will have forgotten or forgiven them by May 18.Politics are important to decarbonization and electricity policy.

First production delivered from Murra Warra wind farm in Victoria

First production delivered from Murra Warra wind farm in Victoria

It described the price at the time of the contract as “stunning”, and is believed to be in line with the also stunning sub-$55/MWh price negotiated by Origin Energy earlier this year for the 530MW Stockyard Hill.

Brown coal generators failed the grid in Victoria heat-wave, blackouts

Brown coal generators failed the grid in Victoria heat-wave, blackouts

A report into the Victoria “load-shedding” events in the January heat-wave, which sparked yet another political battle over Australia’s energy policy, has highlighted the critical failure of the state’s main brown coal generators, as well as the important contributions of rooftop solar at key times.

Federal zero-emission vehicle incentive will help Canadians cut fuel costs and pollution

Federal zero-emission vehicle incentive will help Canadians cut fuel costs and pollution

VICTORIA — Dan Woynillowicz, policy director at Clean Energy Canada, made the following statement in response to Transport Minister Marc Garneau’s announcement regarding the federal zero-emission vehicle incentive program: “Canadians are excited about electric cars and the chance to cut both fuel costs and pollution.

New law makes it easier for British Columbians to buy electric cars

New law makes it easier for British Columbians to buy electric cars

VICTORIA—Dan Woynillowicz, policy director at Clean Energy Canada, made the following statements in response to the B.C. government’s introduction of new legislation that will require automakers to sell a growing percentage of electric vehicles in the province: “British Columbians are excited about electric cars and the chance to cut both their fuel costs and pollution.