Newsletter, February 2014
21 February 2014
New site manager
Infigen Energy is pleased to announce that Andrew Milne will take over as the new Site Manager of the Capital Renewable Energy Precinct from 2 March 2014. Andrew previously worked in the generation group at Origin Energy. Andrew graduated as an electrical engineer from Wollongong University.
Wind industry guidelines
Infigen Energy has been a member of the Clean Energy Council (CEC) since Australia’s clean energy sector peak body was formed in 2008. The purpose of the CEC includes promoting awareness of the clean energy sector and supporting its members’ positive engagement efforts with regional communities.
Together with other wind companies that are members of the CEC, and working with representatives of community organisations, local councils and state governments, the CEC launched the Community Engagement Guidelines for the Australian Wind Industryin May 2013.
Infigen Community Engagement Policy is available here.
The CEC has also developed Wind Farms – A Guide for Communities that includes advice on what to expect from wind farm development and construction; and answers to questions people may have about wind farms and wind energy. Both documents are available at the CEC’s website.
Supporting Australia’s Renewable Energy Target
The Renewable Energy Target (RET) accounts for approximately 5 per cent of the average NSW household power bill of which the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET) that supports development of large-scale wind farms like Capital and Woodlawn, accounts for less than 2 per cent of the bill.
The RET has generated some 30,000 jobs, and is forecast to generate 30,000 more if it is given the stable policy settings it needs to do its job. Reducing or removing the target is likely to have very little impact, if any, on reducing power prices – but would lead to the loss of billions of dollars of investment and tens of thousands of jobs.