Dumb and Dumber

Today’s decision by the Redland City Council to block a State Government and Australian Renewable Energy Agency endorsed project highlights the inadequacy of Councillors to take the city seriously, according to Cleveland Power Director David Bray.

confused sign 2Councillors have voted against extending the application by Cleveland Power to develop the Mount Cotton Biomass Green energy plant, effectively blocking a green energy source which would have generated and supplied clean energy over 40,000 homes.

The sheer stupidity of the decision means the matter will now go back to court.

Ratepayers can expect a legal bill in the hundreds of thousands of dollars with the result being a delay to a key power supply source, 82 new jobs for the city, and a delay to a much needed and Federal and State Government acknowledged green solution to the current energy crisis.

The nations’ leading green energy agencies and authorities now see Redlands Council as a laughing stock.

There’s a few Councillors there who are incapable of grasping key issues and seem more interested in morning tea. This project has been over a decade in its planning, involves world experts and scientists from federal agencies to ensure we arrived at a clean energy plant that was world leading.

It is a project listed as one of the keys to achieving renewable energy targets set by governments and yet a handful of poorly informed non-thinkers who favour morning tea time over realistic decisions is now set to cost the ratepayers big time and place at risk long-term energy security for the city.

Council Officers made it clear in their recommendations that the project should be granted the extension.

The losers are the people of Redlands. In a city that prides itself on a green approach, they are blocking key projects and approving small lot housing. It makes no sense.

Mr Bray says Cleveland Power will now head back to the courts and Appeal the decision.

Cleveland Power will seek full cost recovery and damages likely to cost tax payers hundreds of thousands of dollars in a case the Council is destined to lose.


Artists impression of the plant on site

Work on the project had already commenced with the site at Mount Cotton already cleared and footings for the new building put into place.

Tenders for construction have been called and that company will now be placed on hold and those jobs now get lost to the region at least until we sort out this mess via expensive and unnecessary legal battles.

The power plant will burn approximately 60,000 tonnes of chicken litter a year, below their State Government approved limit of over 65,000 tonnes and rid the city of the ecological threat of litter storage.

This project will prevent the emission of 120,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas annually. That’s twice the mass of the chicken litter burned and equivalent to removing 30,000 vehicles from our roads.

It would generate enough power to run the entire power requirements for the city’s biggest private employer Darwalla Milling and Golden Crockel and provide power for more than 40,000 homes.

This is a Council that turns its back on a key project with global approval and yet they seriously consider approval of a huge subdivision in the area that fails to deliver even basic services such as sewerage.

poo trucksSo now, thanks to the Council, Mount Cotton looks forward to a future of chicken poo and human waste being trucked across the entire city. The mind boggles.

In the language of State Government and national clean energy experts and scientists The Cleveland Power’s Mount Cotton Project was hailed as a clever advancement and listed in future energy planning and green target reduction planning as vital.

The project would create 82 new jobs for the city, releases no odour or no toxic fumes and burns clean.

The planned site is tucked out of residential line of vision and is to be no bigger in size than a farm shed. It requires no removal of trees and has little or no environmental impact on the area.

The project is also set to greatly reduce truck movements on dangerous Mount Cotton road as litter no longer will have to trucked out of the city and is earmarked to be built on site that requires no land clearing or removal of any trees.

We’ll now have to go back to court in a move that is set to cost the ratepayers of the city many hundreds of thousands of dollars, delay 82 new jobs for the city and remove a power supply boost to 40,000 homes.

And worst of all, it’s one of the state’s most outrageous anti-green decisions seen in years, delivered courtesy of the Redland City Councilors.

The Next 12 Months is the Power Key

While welcoming the Prime Minister’s announcement to boost the Snowy Hydro scheme by a further $2 billion to increase generating capacity, clean energy expert David Bray from Cleveland Power says he remains deeply concerned for the short-term.

Tsnowy-mountains-schemehere can be no doubt that the commitment to the Hydro Snowy Project is great news-but it’s a part of the long-term fix and there’s still nothing definitive about the looming short-term energy crisis being put forward.

That’s a crisis here in the next 30 or so weeks-Right now, not $2 billon away.

The Prime Minister met with key gas companies yesterday to address that immediate short fall in domestic gas supplies and says he has secured a promise from them to boost production for domestic supplies. [Read more…]

Hard to Get a Shock When There’s No Power to be Had.

electricity-price-riseShocked by the looming Power outages? Stunned by the Energy Crisis facing us, here, in one of the most resource rich and best positioned nations for alternative energy utilisation on the planet?

Well we shouldn’t be.

This scenario was written into law, foolishly, a while ago.

And a total ignorance of all clean alternatives, mixed with clever fossil resource development and utilisation is what has flown by the politicians and regulators.

Even if they missed it in the design and planning, the sheer price indicators should have been a give-away. [Read more…]

The South Australian Green Energy Lesson

Power blackoutWith the Prime Minister describing South Australia as akin to a third world country as it suffers more clean energy power failures, it’s time for some real-world logic to the whole green and clean energy issue.

It’s because of a ‘trendy reliance ‘on solar and wind has occurred at the cost of other more resilient green energy technologies such as biomass and geothermal solutions.

It’s about decentralization of a clean energy system.

The South Australian reliance on a centralised distribution network and an over reliance on the two ‘trendy’ but least reliable sources of green energy is what let the state down. [Read more…]

Redland Moves to Meet the Challenge

As experts, politicians, and the community frown, meet, report, procrastinate on a CLEAN ENERGY future… Redland city is providing a model for others around the nation to follow.

biomass-energyRedland city looks set to become the first Queensland region in the State to fully align a green energy planning approach with the Palaszcuzuk Governments’ Energy Expert Panel’s vision.

It’s also an approach that sits well with the Federal Governments’ commitments and focus.

With the announcement last week that Council will investigate the creation of a “solar farm” for its own energy needs and with the advancement of the Mount Cotton Green Energy Biomass power plant, Redlands is now well positioned for both layers of government to look favorably towards its green energy credentials.

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The South Australian Green Energy Lesson

As experts, politicians, and the community huddle over the failure of green energy during last week’s storms in South Australia , I’d say everyone needs to take a chill pill and listen up.

There is a lesson or two to be learnt for Governments and clean energy providers from the South Australian experience last week,

And the lesson is NOT that green energy fails to deliver.

It’s about decentralization of a clean energy system.

That’s the result of my investigations undertaken over the last week or so. [Read more…]

Tenders Called for Bio Mass Power

Cleveland Power’s ingenious clean energy solution for Redlands has moved a giant step closer with calls for final construction tenders now a reality.

Green Entrepreneur and Director of Cleveland Power, David Bray says the move marks a key step in the exciting development of the city’s’ first major Green Energy Project.

tender-1Three Australian companies are now vying for the $40 plus million-dollar construction contract of the Cleveland Power Mt Cotton Biomass Power Station.

John Holland, RCR Tomlinson and O’Brien Boilers have been awarded the ability to prepare tenders for the construction and installation of the plant.

The all Australian companies were selected from a field of 11 global applicants. [Read more…]

Redland Green ENERGY project Welcomes Solar Cousins

cleveland-power-feature-imageCleveland Power’s Director David Bray welcomes the announcement this week of Australian Renewable Energy Agency(ARENA) funding for Queensland’s six key Solar Energy Projects in regional and remote parts of the State.

I’m pleased that these green energy projects, that required large scale government money to become a reality, have been successful in winning funding support.

Most pleasing for the State and the nation, is that this weeks’ move by the government agency demonstrates a real commitment from the Federal Government to see Australia reach its RET- (Renewal Energy Targets) of 23.5% renewable energy usage in Australia by 2020.

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Politics appear to have been left at the door

COAG energy councilLeading Queensland clean energy entrepreneur David Bray has congratulated politicians for their eager participation in the first post-election COAG Energy Council meeting this month.

“I take heart from the good work and because there now appears to be a solid dose of reality coming with a joint approach to meeting Australia’s RET (Renewable Energy Targets) by 2020.” [Read more…]

New Parliament – New Green Beginnings

As the new Federal Parliament sits for the first time the business of government begins in earnest once again and Departments gear up to advance policy, Cleveland Powers’ David Bray says the clock ticks down for a clean energy future.

ArenaDepartments will get busy now that the new government is in place. None will, be busier in the last 1/4 of the year than ARENA. – Australia’s Renewable ENEGRY Agency.

ARENA is set to make decisions in the next few weeks that will affect key projects across Queensland, from major solar projects to renewable energy projects.

Eight new large Queensland solar farms which have applied for federal government assistance, will be considered in coming weeks and work continues on the Biomass refinery near Gladstone. [Read more…]