Archived News for Energy Sector Professionals - July, 2012
The City of Sydney has selected Solgen Energy to undertake a $6 million project to fit solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to more than 30 sites over the next two years to generate 12.5 per cent of the electricity needs of all City properties.
The panels will have a total electrical capacity of more than 1,250 kWp (kilowatt peak), making it Australia's largest building-mounted solar PV program, and covering some 9,000 square metres (greater than the area of a regulation football field - 6,800 square metres).
The panels could produce nearly 2,000,000 kWh (kilowatt hours) of electricity a year and are expected to reduce the City's annual carbon pollution by 2,100 tonnes.
RATCH-Australia, a company jointly owned by Thai power generation company, Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding PCL and Transfield Services Limited, is proposing a $350 million wind farm in the Southern Tablelands of NSW.
The Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics has released its Australian Energy Technology Assessment (AETA) Report and Model, prepared in consultation with WorleyParsons, the Australian Energy Market Operator, CSIRO, and a stakeholder reference group drawn from industry and research/academic organisations with interests and expertise in a diverse range of electricity generation technologies.
The Australian Government will not proceed with funding the Dual Gas Project in Victoria after operator HRL did not meet the required conditions set out in the funding deed.
The Australian Energy Research Institute (AERI) at UNSW has appointed George Maltabarow – an energy specialist who previously headed up Ausgrid, Australia’s largest electricity network - as its inaugural Chairman.
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting this week received a report from its Future Competition and Regulatory Reform Taskforce which has been consulting with peak business bodies and organisations including conservation groups which have an interest in environmental regulation reforms.
The Victorian Government has released an issues paper on the possible provision of incentives for the installation of ceiling insulation under Victoria's Energy Saver Incentive (ESI) scheme.
The Northern Territory Government has officially opened the $6.2 million, 12.5MW gas turbine at Katherine Power Station, forming part of the ongoing $1.8 billion infrastructure program aimed at upgrading the Territory’s power and water network.
The Federal Government’s $70 million Coal Mining Abatement Technology Support Package has been launched, providing funding to accelerate the development of abatement technologies and processes for the Australian coal mining industry.
Innovative individuals and projects across seven fields have an opportunity to secure cash prizes and national recognition as part of the Australian Innovation Challenge, an initiative of The Australian newspaper in association with Shell Australia.
The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association’s (APPEA) Conference on workforce development and productivity has commenced in Darwin, marking the first time the conference has been hosted in the city.
The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has delivered its final assessment of the proposed James Price Point Liquefied Natural Gas precict, recommending the project for approval.
Changes to legislation in Victoria is set to allow property trusts to gain access to financing for environmental upgrades, likely to result in significant increases to opportunities for green retrofitting in Melbourne’s city centre.
A new report published by the Australian Industry Group has found that while energy efficiency continues to rise, energy prices are still placing mounting pressure on businesses.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has won its Federal Court action against Energy Watch, which ordered the company to pay $1.95 million for misleading advertising, while former CEO, Benjamin Polis, designated as the “figurehead of Energy Watch”, to pay $65,000 for his voiceover role in the misleading radio advertisements.
Master Builders Australia has argued that the release of the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency’s National Building Energy Standard Setting Assessment and Rating Framework shows the underlying need to focus more on retrofitting current buildings.