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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


November 14, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Call to halt wind farms

The proposed 136 turbine extension to the Woakwine Range windfarm will be put on hold if a novice minor party MP has her way. SA Best MLC Connie Bonaros has called for a moratorium on all new wind farms in South Australia due to the possibility of adverse health impacts. Such a moratorium would stall the plans of Infigen Energy, which already has 112 wind turbines at Lake Bonney and is currently building a $38.5m battery storage system near Tantanoola. . . . Complete story »


November 13, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

A south-west MP says windfarm developers are losing their social licence

A south-west Victorian Liberal MP says he is concerned wind farm developers are losing their social licence to operate in the region. Liberal MP for Polwarth, Richard Riordan, said the latest proposal, for a $200m wind farm at Inverleigh had drawn objections from the local community due to its size and location. “Wind energy is losing its social licence in western Victoria. At the moment wind farm developers are setting the agenda as to where they are being located and . . . Complete story »


November 13, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Ravenshoe wind turbine goes up in flames

A wind turbine has gone up in flames at Ravenshoe’s Windy Hill for the first time since operations began 18 years ago. Several Queensland Fire and Emergency (QFES) crews attended the blaze, which ignited about 3pm. A QFES spokeswoman said crews stood by for safety in the event that it led to a grass fire. Ratch spokesman Simon Greenacre confirmed a turbine at the company’s Windy Hill Wind Farm had caught alight. He said the fire was contained within a . . . Complete story »


November 12, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Australian state looks to beef up grid for solar, wind power

Australia’s most populous state of New South Wales outlined plans on Monday to speed development of A$2.6 billion ($1.9 billion) worth of transmission capacity to hook up more wind and solar power. The move comes as renewable energy developers have run into problems lining up agreements to hook up new solar and wind farms due to congestion on transmission networks, making it hard to secure customers and slowing financing for new projects. New South Wales alone has A$27 billion worth . . . Complete story »


November 11, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed wind farm threat to rare frog

A rare species of frog only found near Queensland’s highest town could be wiped out by a multimillion-dollar wind farm project. The Federal Government is currently assessing French company Neoen’s “Green Power Hub” project, proposed at Kaban, about 6km northeast of Ravenshoe. The $ 300 million project – which has state development approval – will include 29 wind turbines, a substation, and a battery storage unit, which is to be one of the largest gridscale batteries in the world. Documents . . . Complete story »


November 9, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Don’t develop wind farm clusters: locals

Victorian Labor’s promise to increase renewable energy targets should not lead to the development of wind farm clusters, opponents of some south-west wind farms say. Janet Collins, who this year led opposition to a 26-turbine wind farm planned for Hawkesdale and another 96-turbine one proposed for nearby Willatook, said she hoped Labor’s promise to increase renewable energy would not lead to more of the wind farm clusters such as the one facing Hawkesdale. Ms Collins said there needed to be . . . Complete story »


November 8, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Winds of change blowing for neighbours close to contentious turbines

People who live near proposed huge wind turbines are far from happy, believing they’ll wreck their rustic lifestyles, and in some cases they’ve used their own savings to mount legal challenges. There’s new farms planned for Flyers Creek and another at Bodangora near Wellington has just been connected to the grid and when completed will have 33 turbines. The proposed Flyers Creek wind farm is 20 kilometres south of Orange in Blayney Shire and will have up to 38 turbines, . . . Complete story »


November 1, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

‘You can’t sleep’: Wind turbines fanning farmers’ fury

A retired engineer who moved to the country for peace and quiet has been deprived of a good night’s sleep for three years. Not long after John Zakula moved to his south Gippsland property, a company erected 52 wind turbines on surrounding properties, all of which are about 130 metres tall. Mr Zakula claims the constant humming drives him out of his home in the early hours of the morning to sleep in his car on the side of the . . . Complete story »


November 1, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

New wind farm approval

Development. A Tasmanian property developer and owner has approval to build a wind farm at Port Latta. The wind farm will have seven turbines, standing at a maximum height of 180 metres, with capacity to generate up to 25 megawatts of electricity. Circular Head Council assessed the planning application by Nekon against the Circular Head Interim Planning Scheme 2013 at its monthly meeting last week. The Environmental Protection Authority also gave approval for the project. This process included looking at . . . Complete story »


October 30, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm monitors to warn of approaching wedge-tailed eagles in bid to prevent bird deaths

New technology will be trialled at a Tasmanian wind farm to stop wedge-tailed eagles from being killed by wind turbines. Several monitoring towers will identify eagles and work out whether the bird’s flight path will collide with a turbine, before shutting the turbine down. The Cattle Hill Wind Farm in Tasmania’s Central Plateau is under construction, and will be the first wind farm in the country to trial the technology. Goldwind Australia managing director John Titchen said 16 monitoring towers . . . Complete story »


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