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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.


June 26, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Proposal for massive wind farm at Hughenden

Plans to build Australia’s biggest wind farm near Hughenden have been unveiled as part of a bid to provide low-cost energy for mining and industrial development in the North West Minerals Province. The $2 billion plan is the brainchild of the North Queensland Renewable Energy Zone, a new company formed local engineers and a grazier. The company said the 1GW Mount wind farm at Mount James, 70km north of Hughenden would have 200 turbines and be be developed in stages . . . Complete story »


June 17, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Council to speak as Planning Authority on Jims Plains farm

Circular Head Council will be sitting as a Planning Authority tomorrow, June 18, to discuss discretionary issues with a planning permit submitted by UPC Renewables. The application was made for the construction of a renewable energy park at Jims Plains that will consist of up to 31 wind turbines and an array of solar panels. This equipment will have a combined generating capacity of 240 MW. The application has been assessed concurrently with the Environmental Protection Authority in accordance with the . . . Complete story »


June 12, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Acciona wind farm funded Moyne Shire Council job raises angst

A south-west council has moved to rule out fears that a local government job position that a wind farm company will pay for would create a conflict of interest. But some of the region's wind farm planning agitators say if the council accepts the role it will "compromise" the office's impartiality. Renewable energy company Acciona has offered to pay for the two-year Moyne Shire Council job at a $200,000 cost as part of its agreement for the Mortlake Wind Farm . . . Complete story »


June 11, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Circular Head wind farm plan amended with fewer turbines

A plan for a new wind farm at Circular Head has been amended to have fewer turbines. Renewable energy developer Epuron’s Western Plains Wind Farm is proposed for a freehold cattle grazing property at the tip of the Stanley peninsula. “As our detailed analysis of the project has continued, we have removed one turbine from the layout to maximise the exposure to the wind and still make the most efficient use of the connection capacity of the wind farm,” Sydney-headquartered . . . Complete story »


June 9, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Environment minister rejects Queensland wind farm project to save old-growth forest

The environment minister, Sussan Ley, has rejected a $100m wind farm proposal in central Queensland on the grounds it would clear old-growth forest important to vulnerable and threatened species, including the koala and greater glider. Ley ruled the Lotus Creek wind farm, nearly 200km north-west of Rockhampton, was “clearly unacceptable” under national environment laws, in part because the site was home to species that were badly affected in other parts of the country during last summer’s catastrophic bushfires. The Australian . . . Complete story »


May 29, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Guy Barnett backs process as Bob Brown Foundation pots project

The state government has defended approvals processes after an environment group took another swing at big renewable energy developments planned for the North-West. Bob Brown Foundation campaigner Scott Jordan fired up over news the federal Environment Department would consider whether a 115 kilometre transmission line development linking UPC Renewables’ planned wind farms on Robbins Island and at nearby Jims Plain to the Tasmanian network at Hampshire, south of Burnie, required approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. Mr . . . Complete story »


May 21, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Federal Government releases emissions technology investment roadmap, backing gas and a shift towards renewables

The Federal Government has unveiled its long-awaited “technology investment roadmap”, setting out Australia’s energy priorities as it seeks to bring down carbon emissions over the next 30 years. Energy Minister Angus Taylor released a discussion paper which he said would help to drive investments in low-emissions technologies without putting extra pressure on the economy. “We’ve got a very clear focus, it’s about developing technologies that will bring down emissions and support jobs growth in critical industries like agriculture, manufacturing, transport,” . . . Complete story »


May 15, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Truck graffiti-ed and burnt out in anti wind-farm protest

Anti wind-farm protesters have caused $180,000 damage to a concrete truck. Ballarat police say the truck was stolen, driven a short distance before being dumped with its cabin burnt out. Graffiti was also sprayed on the agitator. Investigators have been told a cement truck was parked on the side of the Hamilton Highway at Berrybank on Tuesday 24th March with a broken fan belt. Contact Crime Stoppers if you have any information on 1800 333 000. Image: Victoria Police Complete story »


May 15, 2020 • Australia, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm dismay

I was dismayed to hear about the proposed Brown Mountain wind turbine project. As is now well know these are useless, money-making scams for wealthy business people. The output capacity as quoted is an often told total exaggeration as this is theoretical for if the wind continuously blows at the correct speed! The actual output is only 20 per cent of that at maximum, but we still pay in our bills for when the wind doesn’t blow. My computer has . . . Complete story »


May 11, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Farmers fight windfarm plan

Dairy farmer angst is growing over plans for a giant wind farm in south-west Victoria. Farmers have joined a Moyne Shire Hexham wind farm community engagement committee and will argue that prime farming land should be kept for farming purposes. Committee member and Ellerslie dairy farmer, Mark Madden, said farmers were concerned about the loss of productive land and the potential impacts on their operations. Mr Madden is also part of the Hexham Community Environmental Action Group, representing more than . . . Complete story »


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