Robbins Island wind farm proposal approved on condition of 5-month annual shutdown due to orange-bellied parrots

A contentious wind farm proposed for Tasmania’s north-western tip has been given the green light from the state’s environmental watchdog, but under the condition that it does not operate for almost half the year. Key points: A proposed 900-megawatt wind farm in Tasmania is in the migration area for the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot species … Read more

Kojonup wind farm sparks opposition while Collie battery sails through planning approval

Two major green energy projects are one step closer in Western Australia, but while one project has been welcomed by its local community, the other has not. Key points: Two major green energy projects were approved in WA on Tuesday Neoen’s plan for a large battery near Collie to help stabilize WA’s energy supply has … Read more

Energy transition will fail unless wind power fixes problems: CEO

Wind turbine blades photographed at a Siemens Gamesa facility in Hull, England, in January 2022. Paul Ellis | AFP | Getty Images The CEO of Siemens Energy on Wednesday argued that the energy transition would fail unless his industry addressed a number of issues currently facing the wind power sector. In an interview with CNBC’s … Read more

The ‘world’s largest floating wind farm’ produces its first power

Offices of Equinor photographed in Feb. 2019. Equinor is one of several companies looking to develop floating wind farms. Odin Jaeger | Bloomberg | Getty Images A facility described as the world’s largest floating wind farm produced its first power over the weekend, with more turbines set to come online before the year is out. … Read more

Oil is all that Putin has left, presidential advisor Amos Hochstein says

Amos Hochstein photographed in Beirut, Lebanon, on October 27, 2022. Hussam Shbaro | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images Oil is all Russia’s economy has left following its invasion of Ukraine earlier this year, according to Amos Hochstein, special presidential coordinator for President Joe Biden. “Oil is the only thing they have left in that economy … Read more

Green hydrogen project aims to decarbonize Europe’s industrial north

Madrid-headquartered energy firm Cepsa said it would work with the Port of Rotterdam to develop “the first green hydrogen corridor between southern and northern Europe,” in the latest sign of how the emerging sector is attracting interest from major companies and organizations. In an announcement Tuesday, Cepsa — which is involved in the exploration and … Read more

The US looks to rival Europe and Asia with massive floating offshore wind plans

The Block Island Wind Farm, photographed in 2016, is located in waters off the east coast of the United States. DON EMMERT | AFP | Getty Images The White House said Thursday it was targeting 15 gigawatts of floating offshore wind capacity by the year 2035, as it looks to compete with Europe and Asia … Read more

UK’s new energy chief says fracking is interesting, we need fossil fuels

Jacob Rees-Mogg photographed in London on Sept. 7, 2022. The lawmaker recently called for more fossil fuel extraction from the North Sea. Carl Court | Getty Images News | Getty Images LONDON — The UK’s new secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy is a lawmaker who recently called for more fossil fuel … Read more

Huge offshore wind farm Hornsea 2 is fully operational, Orsted says

One of the turbines at the Hornsea 2 offshore wind farm. According to Danish energy firm Orsted, the facility has a capacity of more than 1.3 gigawatts. Orsted A facility described by Danish energy firm Orsted as the “world’s biggest offshore wind farm” is now fully operational, with its 165 turbines set to help power … Read more

Hawkesdale residents’ bid to stop wind farm project denied by Victorian Court of Appeal

A group of residents’ final bid to stop a wind farm near Hawkesdale in south-west Victoria has been rejected by the Victorian Court of Appeal. Key points: Hawkesdale Wind Farm will be located between Hamilton and Warrnambool Residents tried to appeal the Supreme Court of Victoria’s decision to dismiss a legal challenge against the project … Read more