Woodside faces backlash from super funds over climate plan
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by Nadia Howland
16m ago
Two of Australia’s biggest superannuation funds are reportedly set to vote against Woodside Energy’s climate plan at its AGM today, with chair Richard Goyder’s re-election in jeopardy. Related article: Greenpeace takes Woodside to court over climate claims As reported by Reuters, Aware Super, has voted against Woodside’s climate plan and the re-election of Goyder, who has said Woodside is addressing climate concerns but must do so in a way that protects shareholder value. “This decision has not been taken lightly and is underpinned by our belief that climate change is one of the most significa ..read more
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AmpCharge EV network rolled out at Stockland retail sites
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by Nadia Howland
16m ago
Diversified Australian property development company Stockland has formed a strategic partnership with Ampol to roll out one of the biggest Australian shopping centre networks of AmpCharge fast and ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. Related article: Ampol and Mirvac partner for retail EV charging Customers and tenants at Stockland town centres will soon have access to over 100 AmpCharge charging bays across 16 retail town centres. These bays will allow customers to fully charge their cars in about 60 minutes or less, under the current rollout plan. Ampol managing director ..read more
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La Trobe Uni inks 100% renewables PPA with Iberdrola
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by Nadia Howland
16m ago
La Trobe University has entered into a 100% renewable energy Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) deal with Iberdrola Australia to reach its net zero by 2029 target. The agreement paves the way for La Trobe to eliminate its single largest source of emissions. Related article: La Trobe Uni to build Victoria’s largest urban solar farm La Trobe’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Theo Farrell said the agreement was part of the University’s ongoing commitment to being a sustainable leader, and is funded by its Sustainable Finance Program. “This commitment will significantly contribute to our 2029 Net Zero targe ..read more
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Solar grazing sheep flock grows to 6,000 at New England
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by Nadia Howland
16m ago
The solar grazing flock at ACEN Australia’s New England Solar project continues to grow with more than 6,000 merinos and cross breeds now rotating on and off the 1,200ha Stage 1 project site. Related article: Symbiotic solar: Merino sheep flock to New England Solar The sheep and lambs have been grazing on the pastures around the solar panels since last Christmas, with extra mobs introduced gradually to help them transition to their new feeding ground. Australia supplies around 70% of the world’s apparel wool, according to Wool Producers Australia, and much of the prized fleece originates from ..read more
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Australia’s Sicona expands into US battery component market
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by Nadia Howland
16m ago
Australian battery materials company Sicona Battery Technologies has announced its expansion into the US battery component market with the development of its first commercial production facilities in the south-eastern United States. Related article: Sicona raises $22m in Series A funding for US power move Having recently completed front-end engineering design studies with global engineering and construction firm Bechtel, Sicona is moving forward with the phased development of a 6,700 tonne per annum (tpa) silicon-carbon anode materials production plant. This development will make Sicona the la ..read more
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Switch flicked on Australia’s largest floating solar array
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by Nadia Howland
18h ago
Gippsland Water in regional Victoria has switched on the largest floating solar array in Australia at the Drouin Wastewater Treatment Plant. The 350kW system features 644 individual solar panels and floats on one of the plant’s treatment lagoons. Related article: Indonesia launches $108m Cirata floating solar plant Acting managing director Simon Aquilina said the solar panels were part of the organisation’s commitment to renewable energy targets. “These solar panels will help us reach our renewable energy target of 100 per cent by 2025 and contribute to achieving our target of net-zero greenho ..read more
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Transgrid program helping women forge careers in energy
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by Nadia Howland
18h ago
Transgrid is continuing a push to support more women taking up trade roles in the energy sector through its specially designed Pre-apprenticeship training program. This month seven women graduated from Transgrid’s 2024 Pre-apprenticeship Program for Women. Related article: Yeah the girls: Zinfra’s huge uptick in women apprentices Transgrid early careers resourcing advisor Kailee Standen said the program attracts applicants from a wide range of backgrounds. “Doing a pre-apprenticeship is an excellent opportunity to try a trade before you commit to the four-year full-time apprenticeship. Applica ..read more
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WA regional hospital gets $1.4M rooftop solar system
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by Nadia Howland
18h ago
Derby Regional Hospital’s carbon emissions and annual energy consumption are set to fall, thanks to a $1.4 million investment by the Western Australian Government in large-scale rooftop solar. Related article: Horizon Power’s Smart Connect Solar expands to NWIS The 910-panel, 364kW rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system, equivalent to the capacity of about 60 home solar systems, has been switched on at the Kimberley hospital. WA’s regional energy provider, Horizon Power, installed the state-of-the-art solar system in partnership with WA Country Health Service. Modelling forecasts the system wi ..read more
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RayGen gets $20 million Breakthrough Victoria investment
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by Nadia Howland
1d ago
Independent investment company Breakthrough Victoria is investing $20 million in renewable energy storage firm RayGen Resources to enable the state’s transition towards clean sources of energy. RayGen’s innovative solar PV and thermal water-based energy storage solution is crucial to supporting the increasing penetration of intermittent renewable energy and the removal of fossil fuels-based energy. Its technology achieves 70% round-trip efficiency, which is significantly higher than other electro-thermal storage technologies on the market. Related article: Project profile: RayGen Power Plant C ..read more
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Ark Energy scraps proposed Wooroora Station Wind Farm
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by Nadia Howland
1d ago
Ark Energy has withdrawn its proposed Wooroora Station Wind Farm from the federal environmental assessment process following indications from the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) that it was unlikely to be approved due to its proximity to a World-Heritage-listed rainforest. Related article: Ark Energy withdraws plans for Western Plains Wind Farm The final proposal involved 42 wind turbines with an expected generation capacity of almost 300MW to be located on Wooroora Station, a cattle-grazing property near Ravenshoe in the Atherton Tablelands region of n ..read more
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