Wednesday 21st of August 2019

angus has been tilting at windmills, with tone quijote-abbott...


Just as we begin to imagine life without Tony Abbott undermining every sensible interaction between climate and energy policy, his “energy brain” in the form of the new energy minister, Angus Taylor, is now calling the shots.

Taylor has been fighting against the wind industry since the late 1990s, when developers came knocking, wanting to build a windfarm on his parents’ Monaro Plains property. The Taylor family turned down the opportunity, and the Boco Rock windfarm was instead built on the next ridgeline. Last year the windfarm generated enough zero-emissions electricity to power more than 70,000 average New South Wales households, and pumped $6.7m through the local economy.

Ever since that first approach, Taylor has been tilting at windmills.

Three months before he entered parliament in 2013, Taylor wrote a paper for the Coalition party room advocating for the immediate end to the renewable energy target (RET). In the middle of Abbott’s attempt to implement the vision, Taylor boasted to constituents (captured on film) that he had party backing.

Just two weeks ago, when Malcolm Turnbull was risking his prime ministership over a policy that would have done practically nothing for emissions, Taylor was busy working conservative talkback radio. Taylor boasted to Ray Hadley that he’s been speaking out against renewables policies “for many many years, well before anyone else … I argued in the party room many times to reduce it … I was able … to reduce the [RET] working with Tony as prime minister”.

While Taylor didn’t get everything he wanted, he did manage to cut 40% out of the renewable development pipeline.

Last Friday, Taylor tweeted that: “It’s time to start cleaning up the mess!” Whose mess? His party has been in government for more than five years!


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Time to put this government out of our misery... Morrison is an idiot. We need all the wind turbines we can get.

plan for a solar farm in taylor's electorate...

Plans to build a 600MW solar farm in south-eastern New South Wales have been lodged with NSW Planning and Environment, as part of the $600 million project’s preliminary environmental assessment.

The Goulburn Post last week reported that CWP Renewables had outlined plans to develop the proposed solar and storage project about 15 kilometres south-west of Goulburn.

The Parkesbourne Solar Farm is proposed for a 2000 hectare site that is bisected by the Hume Highway. CWP said the spot was well suited to solar generation due to its flat terrain, low density of rural residential dwellings and proximity to existing transmission infrastructure.

It also happens to be in the Hume electorate of our new federal energy minister, Angus Taylor, who is an outspoken critic of wind farms. Just as well he is a fan of solar.

The proposed project would create 300 jobs during construction, and once completed, provide 25 ongoing operational positions, the company said.


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a lesson on not burning coal...


Wind turbines operate on a simple principle. The energy in the wind turns two or three propeller-like blades around a rotor. The rotor is connected to the main shaft, which spins a generator to create electricity. Click on the image to see an animation of wind at work.

So how do wind turbines make electricity? Simply stated, a wind turbine works the opposite of a fan. Instead of using electricity to make wind, like a fan, wind turbines use wind to make electricity. The wind turns the blades, which spin a shaft, which connects to a generator and makes electricity. View the wind turbine animation to see how a wind turbine works or take a look inside.

Wind is a form of solar energy and is a result of the uneven heating of the atmosphere by the sun, the irregularities of the earth's surface, and the rotation of the earth. Wind flow patterns and speeds vary greatly across the United States and are modified by bodies of water, vegetation, and differences in terrain. Humans use this wind flow, or motion energy, for many purposes: sailing, flying a kite, and even generating electricity.

The terms wind energy or wind power describe the process by which the wind is used to generate mechanical power or electricity. Wind turbines convert the kinetic energy in the wind into mechanical power. This mechanical power can be used for specific tasks (such as grinding grain or pumping water) or a generator can convert this mechanical power into electricity.


Modern wind turbines fall into two basic groups: the horizontal-axis variety, as shown in the photo to the far right, and the vertical-axis design, like the eggbeater-style Darrieus model pictured to the immediate right, named after its French inventor. Horizontal-axis wind turbines typically either have two or three blades. These three-bladed wind turbines are operated "upwind," with the blades facing into the wind.

Wind turbines can be built on land or offshore in large bodies of water like oceans and lakes. The U.S. Department of Energy is funding efforts that will make innovative offshore wind technology available in U.S. waters.


Utility-scale turbines range in size from 100 kilowatts to as large as several megawatts. Larger wind turbines are more cost effective and are grouped together into wind farms, which provide bulk power to the electrical grid.

Offshore wind turbines are larger, can generate more power, and do not have the same transportation challenges of land-based wind installations, as the large components can be transported on ships instead of on roads.

Single small turbines below 100 kilowatts are used for homes, telecommunications dishes, or water pumping. Small turbines are sometimes used in connection with diesel generators, batteries, and photovoltaic systems. These systems are called hybrid wind systems and are typically used in remote, off-grid locations where a connection to the utility grid is not available.

Learn more about what the Wind Energy Technologies Office is doing to support the deployment of small and mid-sized turbines for homes, businesses, farms, and community wind projects.


This video explains the basics of how wind turbines operate to produce clean power from an abundant, renewable resource—the wind.


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The funny bit is that Rick Perry is in charge of all this, in the Trump administration...

20,000 football fields...

World's largest offshore wind farm opens


The world's largest offshore wind farm, located off the northwest coast of England, begins generating energy on September 6. 

Source: CNN


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dumping emission reductions...

Taylor is also working up an agenda for cabinet on power price reductions, some of which could involve cooperation with the states, depending on what cabinet ultimately resolves over the coming weeks.

Taylor’s new package is based on a number of measuresrecommended by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. This week, the ACCC chairman, Rod Sims, championed his blueprint at an energy conference.

Sims also warned it would be foolish to wait for political agreement on emissions reduction before pressing ahead with formulating an energy policy, because Australia’s political parties have demonstrated, through the torturous Neg debate, that they have irreconcilable differences.

“There are many saying, for example, if you can’t get agreement on emissions reduction, then therefore we don’t have an energy policy,” Sims said.

“If your prerequisite for getting an energy policy is agreement on emissions reduction, I can only say good luck. Every political party in the country has a different approach on emissions reduction”.

Sims said the best way to move the debate forward was to separate out affordability, reliability and emissions reduction, rather than trying to formulate a policy to address all three, which is what the Turnbull government attempted.


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water robbery from someone...

Former Water Minister Barnaby Joyce spent $80 million buying back floodwater from a Cayman Islands company set up by Energy Minister Angus Taylor. The Twitter sleuths who first uncovered this controversy, Jommy Tee and Ronni Salt, report exclusively for IA.

Australia: July 2007

It was a winter’s day in July when an agent from Allan’s Off The Shelf – a firm specialising in setting up and registering companies – visited the Australian Security and Investment Commission (ASIC) offices and lodged a set of registration papers, paid the requisite fee, and established a new company. 

The company that was born that day was Eastern Australia Agriculture Pty Ltd(EAA) and its owners likely held lofty ambitions for its future success.


A lot of water under the bridge... then:


It would not be until 2015 that the fortunes of EAA and EAI changed, a time that coincides with Barnaby Joyce becoming the minister with responsibility for water. Joyce would ditch his long-held opposition to water buybacks and take-up an unsolicited offer from EAA — a deal that resulted in the Coalition Government paying $80 million to EAA. This deal that attracted much ire and controversy when it was concluded and made public in July 2017. 

Matthew Bickford-Smith and Peter Cottle were EAA’s signatories on the relevant contracts. Tony Reid was both an adviser to EAA and EAI during the buyback process and involved in discussions between with Department of Agriculture and Water Resources during the negotiation phase.

After a series of allegations are made about the water buyback deal on Twitter in mid-April 2019, a spokesperson for Angus Taylor announces to Buzzfeed on 17 April 2019:

Allegations currently online that link Minister Taylor with EAA’s sale of water entitlements are incorrect.

Minister Taylor has not had any direct or indirect financial interest in EAA or its parent company at any time. He has never been a shareholder or held an equitable interest in either company. He severed all advisory ties with EAA well before entering Parliament.​​​​​


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water under the table...



This is how you do non-corrupt corruption... Read from top.


If you want to give yourself an ego boost online, it’s probably best not to leave a clear trail that you are giving yourself a pat on the back. 

The energy minister, Angus Taylor, was caught out after his official Facebook page was spotted replying to its own post, telling the minister he was “fantastic” and saying “well done Angus”.



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rowing on the dry river bed...

One of the main beneficiaries of an $80m sale of water to the federal government was a Hong Kong-based investment fund whose founder and chief investment officer attended New College, Oxford, alongside Angus Taylor.

In 2017, the government paid Eastern Australia Agriculture $80m for its entitlements to overland flows on two properties in Queensland.

There is no evidence that Taylor played a role in the 2017 sale and he has said he was not aware of it until after it occurred.

An investor in EAA was Pacific Alliance Group, a Hong Kong-based fund that was established in 2002 by Chris Gradel, who is its chief investment officer.

Taylor, now the energy minister, and Gradel were both at New College between 1990 and 1993. Both were members of the elite New College boat club. Gradel was captain of boats and Taylor, a Rhodes scholar, lists rowing among the several sports he participated in while at Oxford.


The two remained friends after college, though it is understood they are not in regular contact.


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