Climate Change #5
Words Arthur Hunt
Australia leads again
The Kennedy Energy Park is nearing completion near Hughenden in Queensland. The project integrates 43 MW of wind, 15 MW of solar panels and 2MW/4MWh of battery storage – an Australian first. Ground-breaking projects, such as this one, make Australia a global laboratory for climate change solutions. https://kennedyenergypark.com.au/
The US State of Oregon is following this lead. Portland General Electric Company and NextEra Energy Resources recently announced plans to develop the United States’ first energy facility which would co-locate wind, solar, and battery storage. The Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility will combine 300MW of wind generation, 50MW of solar generation, and 30MW of battery storage.
Renewable energy creates new jobs
In a sign of the times, a former Ford Motor Company plant at Geelong will become an Australian base for Danish wind energy giant, Vestas, which will establish a wind turbine assembly and testing centre there.
The future of coal mining
The recent decision by the NSW Land and Environment Court to take account of coal-burning emissions in refusing approval for the Rocky Hill mine, near Gloucester, is obviously a big deal. An informative article about this can be found at https://insidestory.org.au/opportunity-knocks-at-a-cost/
Renew Economy newsletter reports that, in Japan, plans to build a 2GW coal-fired power plant in the Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, have been cancelled as it was determined the project would not be economically feasible.
Friends of Climate Action in Parliament
Delegates from Farmers for Climate Action recently visited Parliament House in Canberra to launch the Climate Proofing Australia Alliance. They also spoke at the inaugural meeting of the Parliamentary Friends of Climate Action Group which now has 33 members from different parties and across the political spectrum. Co-chairs are Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie and Member for Wentworth Dr Kerryn Phelps.
Readers who enjoy podcasts are encouraged to listen to discussions of climate change by climate justice campaigner, Mary Robinson, the first female President of Ireland and Maeve Higgins, an Irish comic based in New York. https://www.mothersofinvention.online/
Which car will win?
A recent YouTube video shows that the power of electric cars should not be underestimated. It shows a Holden HSV GTS - a turbo-charged V8 supercar with a 6.2 litre engine, 430kW of gas-guzzling power and 740Nm torque matched against a Tesla Model S Performance (P100D) with 100kWh battery and dual motors, 330kW maximum power and 980Nm torque, with acceleration from 0-100km/h in 2.7 seconds and a top speed of 250km/h. https://youtu.be/tAI1Hxec8TI
As Students 4 Climate Action plan their next strike on March 15, the words of Greta Thurnberg who has inspired them, are appropriate:
At COP24 in Poland: “You say you love your children above all else, and yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes. … We have come here to let you know that change is coming, whether you like it or not.”
At the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland, where she told a roomful of business leaders that their financial success had “come with an unthinkable price tag” for the planet.
In response to criticism from UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s office that student walkouts “wastes lesson time.” Greta replied on Twitter: “But then again, political leaders have wasted 30 years of inaction. And that is slightly worse.”