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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.


January 17, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm approval questioned, minister taken to Supreme Court

A small group of Rokewood residents are taking the state planning minister to the Supreme Court over the approval of a monster 228 turbine wind farm. The trio argue planning guidelines should be applied equally across the proposed Golden Plains wind farm, especially regarding protected brolga habitats and noise modelling. One of the farmers who brought the case, Adam Weston, said he had brolgas nesting near his property, and wanted to know they were included in the environmental effect statement. . . . Complete story »


January 16, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Opponents of the proposed Golden Plains wind farm raise noise, amenity fears

Plans for the proposed $1.5billion Golden Plains wind farm, Rokewood, will result in winners and losers among local farmers, say primary producers living in the area. The State Government last week approved the WestWind Energy 228 turbine wind farm, although Planning Minister Richard Wynne, reduced the size of the site, to protect threatened native brolgas. While it will take four to six years to build, once signed off by the Federal Government, the wind farm is expected to provide millions . . . Complete story »


January 15, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wedge-tailed eagles killed by wind turbines at Yaloak South wind farm in Moorabool Shire

Wedge-tailed eagles are falling foul of the giant, swift-moving wind turbine blades at Yaloak South wind farm near Ballan. The renewable energy company Pacific Hydro confirmed to The Courier that three deaths of the eagle – Australia’s largest bird of prey – have been recorded at the wind farm since it began operating in Moorabool Shire last year. It bears out the claims of Glenmore-based wildlife campaigner Kevin Ramholdt, who told local radio about the eagles’ deaths last week. The . . . Complete story »


January 11, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Winds of change for Golden Plains as huge wind farm gets go-ahead

A massive 170 square kilometre wind farm has passed the final Victorian planning hurdle, and could be powering in four years if the federal government approves the project. The $1.5 billion wind farm, sprawling over 17,000 hectares near the small town of Rokewood south of Ballarat, passed environmental approvals last month. Acting Planning Minister Lily D’Ambrosio will on Saturday announce the Victorian government has granted a planning permit for the project in the Golden Plains Shire. All that remains is . . . Complete story »


December 29, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Tyranny of distance: The renewable power disconnect

The renewable energy boom may be going to waste because the best place to put wind and solar is too far away to connect to the grid. Australia has seen a major transition of its energy sector as it moves away from traditional coal and gas-fired power to include more wind, solar and hydro power but the existing network has not evolved to keep pace and consumers could bear the costs. The large number of new renewables means many are . . . Complete story »


December 21, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Threatened Brolga puts the brakes on Rokewood’s planned huge wind farm

The size of Australia’s biggest proposed wind farm has been scaled back by about 20 per cent, in a decision the Andrews Government says will help to protect the increasingly besieged native brolga. Brolgas are threatened every way they turn in Victoria, an environmental effects statement about the proposed Golden Plains wind farm found. The changing climate is shrinking the bird’s nesting grounds, while a key response to climate change – building more wind farms – is also claiming some . . . Complete story »


December 21, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Higher prices for renewable energy drive ACT electricity bill increase

Higher prices for renewable energy and distribution in the ACT will drive an $87 increase to the average territory household power bill over the two years from June, the Australian Energy Market Commission says. The average annual bill for a typical residential electricity customer would rise by 5 per cent between June 2019 and June 2021, according to the commission. The average annual bill will rise from $1717 in the current financial year to $1804 in 2020-21. It is the . . . Complete story »


December 21, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Tilt Renewables cops blast over transmission lines

The Salt Creek wind farm near Mortlake has copped a blast for building its transmission lines to Terang in risky locations. A road safety audit commissioned by both the Moyne and Corangamite councils found that several poles carrying the transmission lines were in “medium risk” locations. The audit by Safe System Solution, a VicRoads accredited road safety auditor, recommended that safety barriers be built around the “medium risk” poles to improve road safety. The audit was clear in its criticism . . . Complete story »


December 12, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Crudine Ridge Wind Farm: Equipment removed from wind farm site following stop-work order

All plant and equipment at the Crudine Ridge Wind Farm has been removed following a stop work order on the project. Construction was halted at the farm on Friday after the NSW Department of Planning and Environment threatened to take legal action. The Department found that the wind farm’s operator, CWP Renewables, had breached its conditions of consent by commencing construction of the wind farm without first upgrading the nearby Aarons Pass Road. A $15,000 penalty notice was issued to . . . Complete story »


December 10, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Construction stops at wind farm near Mudgee

Construction at the Crudine Ridge Wind Farm near Mudgee stopped on Friday after the NSW Department of Planning and Environment threatened to take legal action. The Department found that CWP Renewables had breached its conditions of consent by commencing construction of the wind farm without first upgrading the nearby Aarons Pass Road. The Department also imposed a $15,000 penalty notice on CWP Renewables for breaching its conditions of consent. Executive Director, Resource Assessments and Compliance, Mike Young, said the Department . . . Complete story »


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