8 December 2011
Landfill gas turns to profit for bioenergy sector with carbon farming
The start of the Federal Government’s Carbon Farming Initiative, which begins today, is an important milestone for the bioenergy sector, according to the clean energy industry’s peak body.
Part of the Carbon Farming Initiative will allow waste management companies and local governments to reduce emissions and generate carbon credits, by capturing potent methane emissions to produce electricity for sale to the grid, or destroy it through flaring.
Clean Energy Council Director Kane Thornton said that bioenergy, such as that created from waste sources such as landfills, used proven technologies that prevent the release of dangerous methane gas and convert it into a clean source of power.
6 December 2011
Drought breaks for clean energy in Australia
Renewable energy provided almost 10 per cent of Australia’s electricity in the last 12 months, according to a report released overnight at the UN climate negotiations in Durban.
The 2011 Clean Energy Australia report, produced by the industry’s peak body the Clean Energy Council, also found that more than half a million household solar power systems were now installed on Australian rooftops – around 35 times the amount just three years ago at the end of 2008.
Over one million Australians now live in a solar household. Solar power has come of age and is now a real part of Australia’s energy sector.