Newsletter, October 2015
23 September 2015
Renewable Energy Industry
New ministry to deliver fresh thinking on clean energy
Infigen is looking forward for the industry to continue working with Environment Minister Greg Hunt and with Energy and Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg, whose comments suggest that he recognises the growing economic contribution of clean energy.
What can Australia’s large-scale Renewable Energy Target achieve by 2020?
1. The additional capacity of ~6,000 megawatts prepares Australia’s electricity sector to transition from its ageing fleet of coal-fired power stations.
2. Generation from clean energy, equivalent to powering ~5 million homes, is a significant contributor to Australia’s 2020 carbon emissions reduction commitments.
3. A thriving renewable energy industry that will create a further 6,500 jobs and $10 billion of investment in Australia’s economy.
Sources: Australian Energy Market Operator, Climate Council, Clean Energy Council, McKinsey Quarterly
Updates from Infigen Energy
Capital Community Committee Minutes
The Capital Community Committee met for a quarterly review on 16 September 2015. The Committee received six applications and approved $10,500 to be shared between:
• St Mary’s and St Phillips Spring Ball – In support of the Bungendore Spring Ball on 24 October 2015.
• Southern Harvest Association – In support of promotion of the Southern Harvest Farmers Market held locally in Bungendore.
• Bungendore Pastoral, Agricultural & Horticultural Society – To pay for repairs to the roof of the Pavilion which is widely used by local community groups.
In addition to reviewing sponsorship applications, the Capital Community Committee also discusses matters relevant to Infigen’s operating Capital and Woodlawn wind farms and the Capital East solar farm, as well as the proposed development projects. The meetings provide an open forum where all members of the public are invited to participate.
If concerns are raised, these are addressed depending on their nature and relevance, either by escalating with the Site Manager or with senior management through a formal process. Please contact Infigen at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to become a member of the Committee or participate in the next meeting.
There was one issue raised during the September meeting in relation to updating the Committee’s sponsorship application form. It was proposed that the form is simplified and improved ahead of the next quarterly review in December 2015. Following the Committee meeting, Infigen also met with key stakeholders in Bungendore to provide an update on the event organisation of Run with the Wind.
Development Pipeline: Capital 2 Wind Farm and Capital Solar Farm
There are no key events to announce regarding Infigen’s Capital 2 wind and Capital solar development projects proposed in the Capital Renewable Energy Precinct. Other Infigen’s development projects in NSW are the 90-100 megawatt Bodangora and 100-115 megawatt Flyers Creek wind farms, and the 50 megawatt Manildra and 12 megawatt Bogan River solar farms. Minutes from the Bodangora and Flyers Creek consultation committee meetings are published on Infigen’s website.
Run with the Wind
Our Run with the Wind festival is held on Sunday, 11th October. You can find all relevant information at www.runwiththewind.com.au – it’s going to be an amazing day, and we would like very much for you to come along. Everyone’s welcome, including families and kids. Net proceeds from ticket and singlet sales go towards the community groups who bring volunteers and the Bungendore Community Foundation. This year’s target is $5,000. Groups such as the Tarago Sporting Association, Boro Mt Fairy Rural Fire Brigade and the Bungendore Pony Club have benefitted from the event in previous years. This year’s BBQ is cooked up by the Tarago Bushfire Brigade, a band from Canberra is playing live music and kids can take a pony ride, courtesy of Adrian Sexton Riding Lessons.