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Legislation may pave way for wind power developments  

A total of 250 wind power turbines could be developed along Western Australia’s Swan coastal plain as a result of a renewable energy legislation currently before State Parliament.

The Greens party has introduced a bill which sets a target of 20 per cent renewable energy by 2020.

South-west Greens’ MLC Paul Llewellyn says 500 megawatts of power could be generated by wind power turbines located between Bunbury and Pinjarra, as well as from bio-energy power plants in the wheatbelt.

Mr Llewellyn says communities would welcome the projects.

“The Walk Away wind farm, which is 90 megawatts, and the Emu Downs wind farm, just north of Perth in Cervantes, has got 80 megawatts … they went in without any concerns whatsoever and in fact the local communities have really welcomed them,” he said.

The Peel Development Commission has welcomed the proposal and says it will look closely at the details.

The commission’s Colleen Yates says it is early days, but the proposal is interesting.

“We do need to start looking at alternative ways of getting our power sources and looking at renewable energy from a broad perspective, from fuels all the way to power,” she said.


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