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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


January 19, 2021 • Australia, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Driven by greed

On reading your article in the Boorowa News [Driven by the Wind, January 14]) I find it ironic that the Rye Park Wind Farm will be powering a mine! Is this where we are headed, just keep building more and more power stations, which is all a wind farm is, so that we can keep taking more and more from our earth? In the case of the Rye Park Wind Farm it is particularly ironic that the precious, and in . . . Complete story »


January 17, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm up in the air

Developers of a planned sprawling Gippsland windfarm with turbines among the tallest in the country have sought an independent panel to assess and approve the project. The proposed Delburn Wind Farm in the Strzelecki Ranges, to the south of the Latrobe Valley, will have 33 turbines, each as tall as the Rialto Tower, and span three shires. Objectors claim the 250m turbines pose a fire risk and may hamper the efforts of water bombing and retardant-spraying aircraft in the blaze-prone . . . Complete story »


January 17, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Victoria’s Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio says new wind proposals could come ‘from all parts of Victoria’

Victoria’s Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio won’t rule out further possible wind farms in Moyne Shire, saying new proposals to win government support could come “from many parts of Victoria”. The state government Renewable Energy Auction Scheme guaranteed the viability of two Moyne Shire wind farms, at Mortlake and Dundonnell, in 2018. It now plans for a second auction but Ms D’Ambrosio was unable to say where those projects would be located, with the government yet to go out to tender. . . . Complete story »


January 12, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Timing concerns over noise tests as Hawkesdale Wind Farm construction nears

A Hawkesdale community group is pushing for an independent noise report at the site of a planned wind farm to occur as soon as possible, with construction nearing. Moyne Shire councillors narrowly voted last month to contract their own acoustician after Hawkesdale residents pushed for noise tests contracted by the developer to be independently verified. The council intended to do the tests before the project commences to establish a background noise level, which the wind farm can be measured against . . . Complete story »


January 6, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

There’s global interest in Tasmania’s wind farms — but can foreign ownership laws cope?

On the south-east corner of Australia, the winds known as the Roaring Forties whip across from the Indian Ocean. As they cross Tasmania they lick its mountainous ranges, making the island one of the best spots in the world for wind farms. And overseas investors have caught on. The majority of turbines on the island have some form of Chinese ownership. But the foreign interest is starting to raise eyebrows, because Tasmania doesn’t necessarily need the extra energy. The majority . . . Complete story »


January 5, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Australia flags caps to renewable energy connections in overhaul of power grid

Australia is seeking to overhaul its power grid to improve its stability as the fast uptake of renewable energy generation risks overburdening a transmission system originally built for more reliable but dirtier coal-generated energy. In a report published on Tuesday, regulators flagged plans for new caps to renewable connections to its power grid in a bid to reduce risks associated with network congestion amid the rapid growth of weather-dependent renewable power. Connection caps on “renewable energy zones” with tender processes . . . Complete story »


December 24, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Golden Plains Wind Farm denies report on turbine cut

The proponent behind the mammoth Golden Plains Wind Farm near Rokewood has denied reports less than the planned 228 turbines will be built. In a statement, a WestWind spokesperson said it was “inaccurate” to suggest the scope of the project had changed. The only aspect was the size of the turbines, they said, as technology had increased while the project had stalled. “It is inaccurate that the number of turbines will change from the currently approved 228 turbines or that . . . Complete story »


December 22, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm operator fined $1 million for breaching national energy rules before SA statewide blackout

A South Australian wind farm operator has been fined $1 million for contravening national electricity rules in the three years leading up to the 2016 statewide blackout. The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) launched legal action against Snowtown Wind Farm Stage 2 (SWF2) last year, after turbines shut down unexpectedly. The company was accused of supplying electricity to the grid despite not having protection system settings approved by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). According to the judgement, SWF2 was a . . . Complete story »


December 22, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

South Australian windfarm fined $1m for compliance failure before 2016 blackout

The operators of a windfarm in South Australia’s mid-north have been hit with a $1m fine by the federal court for failing to properly comply with mandated performance standards in the lead-up to a statewide blackout in September 2016. In a judgment on Tuesday, the court also ordered the operators of the Snowtown Wind Farm Stage 2 – Tilt Renewables Limited – to engage a compliance expert to review its operations and provide a report on any gaps. Justice Richard . . . Complete story »


December 22, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm slugged $1m over blackout issues

The operators of a South Australian wind farm have been slugged $1 million for failing to properly comply with mandated performance standards in the lead-up to the statewide blackout in September 2016. In a judgment on Tuesday, the Federal Court also ordered the operators of the Snowtown Wind Farm Stage 2 in the state's mid-north to engage a compliance expert to review its operations and provide a report on any gaps. Justice Richard White found the wind farm had contravened . . . Complete story »


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