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Renewable energy

Discussion in 'Politics' started by boyo, May 12, 2014.

  1. boyo Paul McLean (56)

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  2. Pfitzy John Eales (66)

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    Yeah but evaporation is kind of necessary for the cyclic nature of weather. Rain and stuff, yes?
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    It is generally, but in this case it's unhelpful. Evaporation from oceans is by far the biggest source of water vapour.
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    ARENA's axing would mean end of Tony Abbott's support for renewables, says industry

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/arenas-axing-would-mean-end-of-tony-abbotts-support-for-renewables-says-industry-20140512-zrae5.html#ixzz31Yr9a1gt


    "John Grimes, chief executive of the Australian Solar Council, said the industry was “outraged” by ARENA’s likely demise: “There is clearly an ideological agenda on behalf of the government to close down any climate- or renewable energy-related policy or support.”
    The council, which spent more than $350,000 in the WA Senate re-election, would now seek to raise triple that to target Coalition members in marginal seats at the next elections, Mr Grimes said.
    “People love solar, and more than 80 per cent want to see more solar,” he said. “For us this needs to become a political issue if we’re to turn this ship around."
  5. terry j Ron Walden (29)

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    sounds like an area of interest to you boyo, what have you got in the way of solar etc etc??
  6. boyo Paul McLean (56)

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    Atm none. Where I live now it's not allowed, but in the future yes
  7. Pfitzy John Eales (66)

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    Yep. So let's put solar panels on irrigation channels.

    Panels and channels - genius me
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    You could be on to something there.
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    Blow for emissions fund, renewables
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/federal-budget/blow-for-emissions-fund-renewables-20140513-388cv.html

    "The Abbott government has given itself room to halve its $2.55 billion emissions reduction fund over the next four years.
    In a budget that delivered deep cuts to environment funding, the government will also reap at least $2 billion in savings through the scrapping of environmental agencies, including the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), and $400 million in cuts to Landcare.

    Axing the $1.3 billion ARENA takes with it another election promise, the delivery of 1 million solar roofs as part of the government's Direct Action climate policy to replace the carbon tax. The solar roofs policy has received no funding over the forward estimates.

    The proposed cash flow for the emissions reduction fund will raise eyebrows, with projected funding of about $1.1 billion over four years instead of the promised $2.55 billion."
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    Scrapping Renewable Energy Agency could cost 'thousands of jobs'

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-14/australian-renewable-energy-agency-scrapped/5451490

    Director of sustainable energy systems at the Australian National University, Professor Andrew Blakers, says the solar industry alone employs 15,000 people, many in regional areas.
    "Wind and solar, for example, in large quantities, does not go in the cities," he said.
    "They go in the rural areas and farmers benefit from hosting these wind and photovoltaic installations because they get paid a rent for their land and they continue farming. It's like a second cash crop.
    "Then (there's) the local earth movers and the people who build roads and people who maintain these systems and install them. These are all people based in rural areas that depend on increasing the supply of renewable energy which, after all, is ARENA's main mission."
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    Lights out for sugar mill's power plant?

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-16/nrn-mackay-ret-concerns/5457898

    "Queensland sugar millers, who have invested in clean energy plants, are concerned about their future with a review of the Renewable Energy Target underway."

    "The plant uses sugar cane by-product, bagasse, to generate electricity and export to the grid."
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    Renewables race is one Australia should win
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/renewables-race-is-one-australia-should-win-20140521-zrjp7.html

    "The renewables race is one Australia should win. Ours is the sunniest continent on earth. Every year, we are gifted 58 million petajoules of free energy: ten thousand times our total use. We’re young, wealthy, stable and more-or-less civilised. We also have wind, hot rocks and a massive coastline of potential wave power, to even out the bumps."

    "Distributed energy is the energy of dissent. Government may disapprove, as Hockey does of wind farms, but that’s the beauty of microgeneration. It doesn’t need government. We can do it ourselves."
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    Science going back to dark ages
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/science-going-back-to-dark-ages-20140531-zrqmx.html

    "While we quibble about the intermittency of renewables, industries in Spain and the US have invested billions in solar thermal plants, many of which store heat and produce electricity long after sunset. Given our abundant renewable resources, we should be leading the world in research and investment, instead Abbott would have us squander our competitive advantage and destroy massive economic potential."

    "The attacks on renewable energy have been performed without mandate, justified by falsehoods and are economically counterproductive."
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    Steam breakthrough boosts solar thermal hopes

    http://www.businessspectator.com.au...steam-breakthrough-boosts-solar-thermal-hopes

    "Researchers at CSIRO and Abengoa Solar have achieved the highest temperature steam ever produced using energy from the sun, potentially delivering a boost to solar thermal efficiency.
    The 'supercritical steam' record was set in May at the CSIRO Energy Centre in Newcastle which has two test plants that concentrate light from 600 mirrors into receiver towers where water is heated to produce steam that drives turbines.
    Australian Renewables Agency chief executive Ivor Frischknecht said the achievement was a significant breakthrough."
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    Profitable loans firm could be up for grabs if clean energy group gets axe

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/profitable-loans-firm-could-be-up-for-grabs-if-clean-energy-group-gets-axe-20140604-39jgl.html#ixzz33ivTZzGo


    "The federal government will consider selling the profitable loans business of the $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation"

    "The chief executive of the CEFC, Oliver Yates, said the agency, created in July last year, had so far lent $700 million and ''mobilised'' $2.5 billion when finance from the private sector into the same projects was included. It has $11 billion worth of projects in the pipeline.
    The cost of finance for the CEFC is roughly 3.5 per cent and it lends to renewable and energy efficiency projects at about 7 per cent. In less than 12 months, the agency is already covering its own costs and is forecast to deliver yearly profits of $200 million.

    ''Right across Australia people are turning waste into energy, creating energy savings from manufacturing and the buildings they own,'' Mr Yates said."

    So selling a profitable business will help the so-called "budget emergency"?

    "Profitable" means that revenue helps the budget bottom-line.

    You can only sell an item once, profit may be indefinite.
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