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Wind Power News: Australia


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.

July 24, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Report identifies Hunter coast as a potentially suitable location for new wind farms

A new report on Australia’s offshore wind potential has identified the Hunter coast as a potentially suitable location for the development of new wind farms. The Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre report calls for a renewed consideration of the substantial contribution offshore wind can contribute to Australia’s future clean energy mix. It argues that Australia is yet to capitalise on significant offshore wind capacity despite the International Energy Agency nominating it as one of the “big three” likely sources of . . . Complete story »

July 14, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Respect Stanley Peninsular No Wind Turbines starts a GoFundMe

The endeavour to thwart plans for a wind farm near Stanley has received a flood of donations after Respect Stanley Peninsula No Wind Turbines started a GoFundMe campaign. The incorporation, that says its aim is to “preserve the historic, cultural and scenic amenity of the Stanley Peninsula”, has raised more than $5000 in the space of five days. Respect Stanley Peninsula No Wind Turbines spokeswoman Kerry Houston said the incorporation would use the money to pay for costs of seeking . . . Complete story »

July 14, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Tasmanian devil population threatened with planned wind farm on Robbins Island

Robbins Island off north-west Tasmania plans to build a windfarm that could threaten the disease-free Tasmanian devil population according to federal environment officials. The planned windfarm worried environmental officials about the potential damage it could impose to the Tasmanian Devils and their survival. According to Guardian Australia, the threat this could bring can be serious as there is currently ‘no comparable habitat’ anywhere that could compensate for the project’s impact on the island’s unique devil colony. A Home for Disease-Free . . . Complete story »

July 12, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm plan could threaten disease-free Tasmanian devil colony, documents reveal

A proposed new windfarm on Robbins Island off north-west Tasmania could threaten a disease-free Tasmanian devil population, according to federal environment officials, who say the damage to habitat could be difficult to offset. Correspondence obtained by Guardian Australia under freedom of information laws shows officials raised concerns that no comparable habitat existed anywhere else to compensate for the effects the project could have on the island’s unique devil colony, which is considered a stronghold for the survival of the species. . . . Complete story »

July 11, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Stanley community meeting over Western Plains wind farm development

Stanley residents voiced their concerns at a proposed 12-turbine wind farm off the coast during a community meeting on Sunday. Themes of “right project, wrong place” and “social licence” were common throughout as the Western Plains development drew a range of criticisms. Stanley resident Jonathan Smith spoke in front of the full house at the local town hall, describing the proposal as a “blight on our town”. Mr Smith said the meeting was not regarding opposition to other wind farm . . . Complete story »

July 9, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

CEPU state secretary Michael Anderson joins panel at Stanley Wind Farm community meeting

Stanley continues to be a hotbed of conversation on the proposed Western Plains Wind Farm, as one union says state government should take a lesson from history. A community meeting will be held at Town Hall on Sunday, which will be moderated by independent Murchison MLC Ruth Forrest. One of those speakers will be Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union state secretary Michael Anderson, who likened Epuron’s Stanley proposal to other private energy generation projects in Tasmania. “We believe these sort . . . Complete story »

July 8, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine proposal winds up community

Opponents of the Western Plains wind farm development have voted with their feet and their wheels, bringing tractors and boats in a visual protest against the project in Stanley last Tuesday. Developers Epuron had booked the Stanley Town Hall for a community drop-in session from 4-7pm on June 22, giving those concerned or interested an opportunity to swing by and learn more about the project. Opponents welcomed this invitation, gathering all available resources to rally on the main street and . . . Complete story »

July 5, 2021 • Australia, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Resident objects to ‘degrading, offensive’ Stanley project proposals

So the people of Stanley have spoken out to object to the Western Plains wind farm and salmon farming proposals. Are they all nutters? No, we are concerned residents who have chosen to make this fantastic, quiet little haven our permanent home, free from the hustle and bustle of city life. We are located in pristine surroundings and our coastal shoreline is untainted. Nor is it polluted and scarred – so far. So my question to the projects’ proponents: do . . . Complete story »

July 2, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Two SA wind farms fined more than $1 million for their role in 2016 statewide blackout

The owners of two wind farms in South Australia’s Mid North have been ordered to pay more than $1.6 million in penalties for their role in contributing to a catastrophic statewide blackout in 2016. In the Federal Court yesterday, the owner of the Clements Gap Wind Farm, Pacific Hydro, was ordered to pay $1.1 million for failing to obtain written approval for critical systems settings in their wind farms. The owner of the Hornsdale Wind Farm, HWF 1 Pty Ltd, . . . Complete story »

June 24, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Epuron wind farm proposal splits Stanley residents in protest, support

Robert Smith is more at home with farming his property on the edge of Stanley, on Tasmania’s north-west corner, than protesting. But a proposal to build a 12-turbine wind farm on a nearby beef property prompted him to come into town on his tractor to join this week’s anti-wind farm rally. “I’ve got nothing against wind turbines. This is just in the wrong place,” Mr Smith said. He joined about 100 people, including farmers, fishers and tourism operators with placards . . . Complete story »

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