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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.

March 25, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Cement truck worth more than $50,000 believed to be torched

Warrnambool police detectives are on the way to the scene of a $50,000 cement truck fire on the Hamilton Highway which could be tied to wind farm protesters. Detective Senior Constable Richard Hughes, of the Warrnambool police crime investigation unit, said the incident happened on the Hamilton Highway between Foxhow-Berrybank Road and Doyles Road, near Berrybank, east of Lismore. "Police were called to the fire at 1.30am on Wednesday and local Country Fire Authority crews also attended," he said. "The . . . Complete story »

March 18, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Mark Latham reveals government to spend thousands on ‘joke’ tourist project

One Nation leader Mark Latham has spoken out against the NSW government spending thousands on a renewable energy tourist attraction. Mr Latham tells Alan Jones the NSW Government has granted $90,000 to Glen Innes Council to build a viewing platform for people to look at a large broken windmill blade. The White Rock Wind Farm had offered the blade to the council in 2018 after it was damaged during construction. The tourist attraction is considered a monument to the council’s . . . Complete story »

March 13, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind farm proposal off Victoria’s south-east coast creates quandary for nearby landholders

With plans to build Australia’s first offshore wind farm underway, residents in Victoria’s Gippsland region are calling for all the detail to be laid bare with many of them facing the prospect of cables running underneath their properties. The Star of the South offshore wind farm is still in the feasibility stage, but if approved would see 250 turbines out to sea about 20 to 25 kilometres off the coast of Port Albert. Local residents have met to discuss the . . . Complete story »

March 4, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Controversial Nundle wind farm will offer payout to neighboring landowners

Landowners near to Nundle's $600m Hills of Gold windfarm will get a payout even if they do not actually own land underneath it's turbines. Managing director Jamie Chivers said Wind Energy Partners, the company behind the controversial renewable energy proposal, will soon announce what it calls the Community Benefit Scheme. The scheme will pay people who live near the project "as if they were landowners of the project," he said. But neighbors will not necessarily get the same payout as . . . Complete story »

February 28, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Energy policy shake-up flagged as Government looks to dump solar, wind investment

Research programs into wind and solar could be dumped by the Federal Government in favour of emerging technologies in hydrogen, lithium and reducing or storing greenhouse emissions from major industries, the Energy Minister says. Angus Taylor flagged the changes during a speech at a Sydney business forum where he announced the Technology Investment Roadmap. Mr Taylor said the plan would help reduce emissions following a devastating bushfire season during which the Government was criticised for its climate policies. “The Technology . . . Complete story »

February 24, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

OSMI releases revised design for Delburn Wind Farm

OSMI released a revised design for the Delburn Wind Farm last week, which reduced the number of turbines a second time. In the revised layout the number of turbines was reduced from 35 to 33. In July 2018, OSMI announced that its original proposal of 53 turbines was slashed to just 35. The updated design has moved a few turbines to improve the “constructability of the project and reduce the impacts of noise on the project’s neighbours”, the OSMI newsletter . . . Complete story »

February 18, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Neighbours take Bald Hills wind farm to court over health complaints

Australia’s first group legal action for noise and health impacts from a wind farm has been lodged in the Victoria Supreme Court against the 106 megawatt Bald Hills project in Gippsland. A judge and jury in the coalmining centre of Morwell will be asked to hear the complaint about health and financial impacts and a failure by the wind farm’s owner to take action to stop it. A group of 12 residents is seeking orders from the court to have . . . Complete story »

February 18, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wellington wind farm proponents say road will be ‘fit for purpose’

The meeting wasn’t about the wind farm, yet was all about the wind farm. NSW Farmers Wellington branch chairman Peter Carter made clear at the outset of Tuesday night’s meeting the merits or otherwise of the Uungula wind farm weren’t up for debate that night. The meeting was about 12 Mile Road, off Mudgee Road between Wellington and Mudgee. To build the proposed Uungula wind farm, project proponents CWP Renewables must transport huge blades, towers, nascelles and kilometres of cable . . . Complete story »

February 12, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

New wind farm legal stoush blows up

The controversial Bald Hills Wind Farm at Tarwin Lower is embroiled in yet another legal case. Neighbours last week began new proceedings in the Supreme Court at Morwell against the wind farm operators, Bald Hills Wind Farm Pty Ltd (BHWF), alleging nuisance noise and loss of property value. They are seeking a declaration from the court that the wind farm does not comply with its permit and an injunction restraining the company from continuing to operate the wind farm at . . . Complete story »

February 11, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Major wind farm project proposed near Coolah, community info session planned

A major wind farm project is being proposed south of Coolah. The so-called Valley of the Winds project is an 800-megawatt wind farm which would be located on cleared grazing land between Coolah and Leadville in the Warrumbungle Shire. The company behind the project is developer UPC\AC Renewables Australia (UPC). UPC says the project will generate enough energy to power 590,000 homes per year in NSW. The company also says the project is expected to create up to 400 jobs . . . Complete story »

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