SEN promotes practical, affordable strategies for a sustainable global future by the adoption of renewable energy. SEN is a dynamic and independent WA association.

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Great news for wind in WA

 

APA is moving close to construction of a 230MW wind and solar renewable energy park in Western Australia after winning approval for the construction of the 130MW Badgingarra wind farm.

The new wind farm was this week awarded an electricity licence by the state regulator and is expected to reach financial close in the next month. It has already secured a 12 year power purchase agreement for its output and large-scale renewable energy certificates from Alinta Energy.

Badgingarra will be built alongside the existing 80MW Emu Downs wind farm and the 20MW Emu Downs solar farm which is also about to begin construction, creating a 230MW renewable energy precinct near Cervantes, about 20kms north of Perth.

The Economic Regulation Authority says the new wind farm is expected to produce between 500GWh and 550GWh a year, meaning a capacity factor of up to 44 per cent.

APA is moving close to construction of a 230MW wind and solar renewable energy park in Western Australia after winning approval for the construction of the 130MW Badgingarra wind farm.

The new wind farm was this week awarded an electricity licence by the state regulator and is expected to reach financial close in the next month. It has already secured a 12 year power purchase agreement for its output and large-scale renewable energy certificates from Alinta Energy.

Badgingarra will be built alongside the existing 80MW Emu Downs wind farm and the 20MW Emu Downs solar farm which is also about to begin construction, creating a 230MW renewable energy precinct near Cervantes, about 20kms north of Perth.

The Economic Regulation Authority says the new wind farm is expected to produce between 500GWh and 550GWh a year, meaning a capacity factor of up to 44 per cent.

APA is moving close to construction of a 230MW wind and solar renewable energy park in Western Australia after winning approval for the construction of a 130MW Badgingarra wind farm.

The new wind farm was this week awarded an electricity licence by the state regulator and is expected to reach financial close in the next month. It has already secured a 12 year power purchase agreement for its output and large-scale renewable energy certificates from Alinta Energy.

Read more:  http://reneweconomy.com.au/apa-takes-step-closer-to-big-wind-solar-energy-park-in-w-a-80964/

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SEN celebrates volunteers during National Volunteer Week - 8 May 2017

Thanks to a grant from Volunteering WA (and Lotterwest), we celebrated all current and past SEN volunteers on 8 May 2017 and some stalwarts were presented with small gifts of appreciation. Photographs can be seen on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SustainableEnergyNow/

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Life After Coal

This video presentation is by Professor Peter Droege, Liechtenstein Institute for Strategic Development, and SEN's Ben Rose with SEN's key messages for Life After Coal:

  1. WA's aged coal power stations are due for replacement with new clean generation
  2. Replacing all coal on the SWIS with wind and PV (retaining existing gas generation) will be cheaper than new "clean coal" and much cheaper than either coal with CCS or nuclear.
  3. This would provide about 10,000 new jobs (in excess of existing coal and coal mining).

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A State Election message from SEN's Chairman, Ian Porter:

Sustainable Energy Now congratulates the new Labor government on its recent successful election win.

It is widely accepted that the incoming government faces significant hurdles particularly economically.

SEN supports Labor's pre-election promise of continued state ownership of Western Power but SEN believes there is a need for significant policy changes in order to provide a springboard for modernisation of the SWIS electricity grid. State ownership means that the flexibility required to effect neccessary changes can be made without commercial consequences as well as providing RE investor certainty and encourages development. 

While SEN have modelled the transition to a fully decarbonised electricity network by 2030, there are immediate and compelling economic, jobs and investment opportunities in the initial transition timeframe until the end of the next term of government (2021).

SEN believes the policy challenges to fast track the switch to renewables generation will include:-

• Implementation of legislation facilitating effective RE policy.

• The establishment of an RE policy unit in government to plan and manage an orderly transition to high RE penetration and decarbonisation of the electricity network, as well as electrified transport and switching from gas to electric appliances.

• Introduction of smart grid and innovative metering technologies allowing "over the fence" power trading.

• Vocational education training and jobs programs.

• Incubators and incentives for RE technology development and commercialisation.

• Closure of coal fired generation in Collie.

SEN has demonstrated strong technical and economic cases for a methodical transition to a renewable energy-powered southwest electricity network in order to reap the social, environmental and economic benefits to WA, which is heavily dependent upon delivery of reliable low-cost electricity.  

Renewable energy is the key to that end and as SEN's modelling shows, it is both a near and long-term sustainable energy option. 

We wish Premier McGowan and his team the best for this challenging term of government, and look forward to meaningful engagement on sustainable energy of all kinds in WA.

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The full Renewable Energy report by SEN is now published

This is the final or full report of the modelling study into renewable energy for the SWIS grid of WA. A very thorough yet readable report. One finding was that going renewable costs no more than coal-gas. Read more or download from this page. This is a significant achievement by the SEN team and a great plan for our future.

 


 

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