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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.

April 11, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed wind turbine height a concern for Warrnambool airport

Concerns have been voiced over the height and location of some turbines at proposed new windfarms near Warrnambool's airport. Wind Prospect, the proponents of the the Willatook and Hexham wind farms, have been lobbying the city council for approval to raise by 200 feet the minimum altitude on the approach for runway 13 at the airport. But the council has opposed any change to the minimum sector altitude (MSA) – which determines clearance above objects in the flight path, in . . . Complete story »

April 6, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

ACT consumers face rise in energy costs due to locked in wind and solar deals

ACT energy users will face rises in their electricity bills as recent falls in wholesale electricity prices are balanced out by higher payments agreed with wind and solar power providers, the territory’s network utility has warned. Evoenergy, which owns and operates the ACT’s electricity networks and is half-owned by the ACT government, collects the feed-in tariff premiums from consumers through additional network charges. It said on Tuesday that ACT consumers should be prepared for an increase in the network charges . . . Complete story »

April 6, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Moyne Shire councillors reject bid for wind turbine at Illowa

Moyne Shire councillors have knocked back an application for a domestic wind turbine at Illowa. The applicant wanted to build the 14-metre structure at 81 Douglas Lane. Council officers recommended approving the application but Cr Jim Doukas put forward an alternative motion to reject it. The motion was passed, with only Cr Jordan Lockett speaking in favour of the proposal. Two Illowa residents voiced their concerns about the proposal at the council's April meeting on Tuesday. Amy Atwell said "an . . . Complete story »

March 26, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind Farm Commissioner’s role expanded as clash over high voltage power lines looms

A clash between farmers and electricity transmission companies is looming as the rapid growth in renewable energy sparks the need for new high voltage power lines across regional areas. The transmission network needs major upgrades across the eastern states so that new wind and solar farms can feed electricity into the grid and distribute power generated by the Snowy 2.0 hydropower project. In anticipation of disputes over the location of new lines, the federal government is appointing an independent commissioner . . . Complete story »

March 24, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

New blow to wind turbine jobs in Australia

SYDNEY – Regional Victorian renewable energy workers are asking the Scott Morrison government in Australia to step in after 40 people lost their jobs with a further 100 roles at risk. Keppel Prince Engineering in the state’s southwest is the only manufacturer of wind turbines in Victoria but was last week forced to sack workers after a multinational opted to use Chinese steel at a $360 million wind farm. Keppel Prince Engineering specializes in the construction, fabrication, and maintenance of industrial . . . Complete story »

March 7, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Moyne Shire takes cautions to rule out perceptions of director conflict of interest on wind farms

A council director previously involved in decisions to amend state planning permits for two wind farms has taken a cautious approach to be uninvolved in some council decisions. Moyne Shire economic development and planning director Brett Davis previously held a Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning role and chaired a hearing that sought to amend the Hawkesdale and Ryan Corner wind farm planning permits in 2017. Victoria's Planning Minister ultimately approved the amendment. Moyne chief executive Bill Millard said . . . Complete story »

March 2, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Moyne Shire councillors reject push for noise testing at Ryan Corner wind farm site

A south-west council won't pay to do noise testing at a second wind farm site, despite agreeing months earlier to test the Hawkesdale Wind Farm. Moyne Shire councillors voted 1-6 not in favour of Cr Jim Doukas' push for council-paid contractors to do independent noise testing at the Ryan Corner Wind Farm site, near Port Fairy, before construction begins. Councillors had voted narrowly 4-3 to approve independent testing at the Hawkesdale Wind Farm in December but three councillors voted differently . . . Complete story »

March 1, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Moyne Shire Councillor Jim Doukas pushes for noise reports at Ryan Corner wind farm to be independently checked

A civic leader is trying to muster support from fellow councillors to request an independent contractor check noise testing at a second Moyne Shire wind farm site. Cr Jim Doukas wants the independent testing for the Ryan Corner Wind Farm, planned for north-east of Port Fairy. Moyne Shire councillors narrowly voted in December to independently verify noise testing at the Hawkesdale Wind Farm. The Hawkesdale testing is expected to cost rateypayers between $20,000 and $50,000, although the council hasn't chosen . . . Complete story »

February 26, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

The Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania is calling for more research into the environmental impact of the Robbins Island windfarm

Tensions remain high over the proposed Robbins Island wind farm, with the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania saying Aboriginal voices have been ignored and research insufficient. The Land Council chairman Michael Mansell said he was particularly concerned by a lack of research done by UPC into the risk these turbines pose to mutton birds. "In UPC's environmental impact statement, there's no mention of mutton birds," Mr Mansell said. "There's no way the adult birds can get to the rookeries without . . . Complete story »

February 25, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Developer Global Power Generation lodges plan to reduce turbines at Ryan Corner wind farm near Port Fairy

A wind farm near Port Fairy could have fewer turbines as its proponent seeks to scale down plans for the long proposed project. State planners will seek community feedback on amendments to the Ryan Corner Wind Farm that could reduce the site's turbines from 56 to 52. Developer Global Power Generation hopes to remove three turbines located towards the middle of the wind farm and one at the south-west corner. The company also wants to move one turbine and use . . . Complete story »

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