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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.


May 18, 2018 • Australia, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Time for inquiry into windfarm industry

Government was forced into a Royal Commission on the financial services industry recently. We can now see why they were so opposed. It is time to trot out another look into the wind farms. Some former and present State Ministers and bureaucrats and Clean Energy bodies should face some very awkward questions. Thanks to a few brave senators we do have a Wind Farm Commissioner. But he has no power. His second annual report is a detailed description of the . . . Complete story »


May 10, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Twin Creek Wind Farm debate continues

A wind farm proposed for the Lower Mid North of South Australia, around 12km North of Kapunda, continues to be the topic of discussion for local residents and developers, Renewable Energy Systems (RES), alike. The Twin Creek Wind Farm, which is located within three local government areas Flow FM broadcasts to (Light Regional, Goyder and Mid Murray Councils) was recently released on category 2 of public notification, which closed in mid-April. According to RES, the site is: “approximately 5,600ha of . . . Complete story »


May 7, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Opposition against Australia’s biggest windfarm at Rokewood

The biggest wind farm in the southern hemisphere will be built between Ballarat and Geelong, powering an estimated half a million homes a year by 2025, if the Andrews government gives the project the green light. The proposed wind farm would sprawl across 167 square kilometres of farmland near the small town of Rokewood in south-west Victoria, about 40 kilometres south of Ballarat. It would have 228 wind turbines, each 230 metres tall at their highest point. By way of . . . Complete story »


May 4, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

World-first wind turbine study calling on Macarthur residents

Is the ‘silent sound’ from wind farms harmless or does it cause health problems? The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research will investigate whether the sound that emanates from wind farms causes nausea, dizziness or irritation as some people believe. The institute is looking for residents in the Campbelltown, Camden, Cobbitty, Douglas Park, Picton, Tahmoor, The Oaks, Thirlmere and Narellan areas to participate in the new research. Scientists have built a customised sound system that simulates the turbines’ infrasound and are . . . Complete story »


May 4, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Nation’s biggest wind farm could be built between Geelong and Ballarat

The biggest wind farm in the southern hemisphere will be built about 130 kilometres west of Melbourne, powering an estimated half a million homes a year by 2025, if the Andrews government gives the project the green light. The proposed wind farm would sprawl across 167 square kilometres of farmland near the small town of Rokewood in south-west Victoria, about 40 kilometres south of Ballarat. It would have 228 wind turbines, each 230 metres tall at their highest point. By . . . Complete story »


May 4, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Scaled-back Bango Wind farm approved with conditions

Scaled-back plans for the Bango Wind Farm, 30km north of Yass near Boorowa and Rye Park, has been approved with conditions by the state’s Independent Planning Commission (IPC). The announcement came on Wednesday, May 2. “Having carefully considered all the evidence before it and weighed the issues raised by those both for and against the proposal, the commission has today approved the development application with conditions,” the IPC said in a statement on May 1. In making its determination, the . . . Complete story »


May 1, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Solar, wind farms hit as AEMO slashes output calculations

New calculations on line losses and grid congestion by the Australian Energy Market Operator has resulted in some new solar and wind farms suffering major losses in their calculated output – up to 22 per cent in the most extreme case. The worst affected by AEMO’s newly released “marginal loss factor” calculations are those wind and solar farms located furthest from the main load hubs, in north Queensland, in western NSW and some in Victoria. Many projects have suffered cuts . . . Complete story »


April 26, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Moyne Shire Council to write to wind farm companies to discuss impact of transmission lines

Moyne Shire Council will write to the heads of four wind farm companies with projects in the municipality, requesting a meeting to discuss the impact of transmission lines. Councillors voted unanimously at the monthly meeting for a workshop to be held with Global Power Generation, Windfarm Developments, Acciona and Tilt Renewable representatives to discuss the proposed route of transmission lines within the shire. They will also seek details of the companys’ public consultation with affected communities. Resident’s concerns are mounting . . . Complete story »


April 24, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm says sharing power lines sometimes ‘not practicable’

Calls by the south-west community for wind farm companies to share transmission lines were difficult to accommodate when new south-west wind farms were being built at different times, a wind farm spokesman says. Tilt Renewables development general manager Clayton Delmarter also said it was difficult to build shared transmission infrastructure because some of the planned wind farms might not be built. A 51-kilometre long transmission line built by Tilt Renewables from its 15-turbine Salt Creek wind farm at Woorndoo, north . . . Complete story »


April 23, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Angst over transmission lines for wind farms

Concern is mounting about the impact of several power transmission lines from new and planned wind farms in the south-west. Scores of residents from the Mortlake and Noorat areas will meet again at Noorat on Thursday to express concern that the scale of 51 kilometre-long transmission line built from the Salt Creek wind farm at Woorndoo, north of Mortlake, to Terang was too large. Member for Polwarth Richard Riordan will address the 7.30pm meeting at the Kolora-Noorat Football Netball Club . . . Complete story »


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