Wind Power News: Australia
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.
Turnbull set out to overhaul energy policy a year ago to end a decade of political strife over carbon targets - amid rising power prices for domestic consumers - and stabilize the nation’s grid after a huge storm blacked out the country’s most wind power-dependent state. Australia’s energy supply woes have grown as states promoted rooftop solar and wind power over the past 10 years in the absence of a consistent national policy on carbon emissions. At the same time, coal- and gas-fired power plants have been shut, reducing crucial back-up for wind and solar, while costs have risen. Household power prices in eastern Australia have soared 63 percent over the past nine years, the nation’s consumer watchdog said in a report on Monday.
Critically endangered orange-bellied parrots might be put at risk by a planned Circular Head wind farm, the federal Environment Department has been told. “ … the proposed development may have a significant impact on the orange-bellied parrot, considering the potential for collision with wind turbines,” documents provided to the department by Jims Plain wind farm proponent UPC Renewables said. “There have been two sightings of this species within 5 kilometres of the project area and none within 1 kilometre.” The . . .
New laws have been introduced to the Parliament by the Government as part of the Planning and Building Legislation Amendment (Housing Affordability and Other Matters) Bill 2017. These laws seek to strip away the rights of communities to object to, oppose or seek modification of large windfarms proposed for their community. As the law stands, where a permit to construct a wind farm has been granted – generally by Labor Ministers bypassing normal planning processes – communities have a say . . .
Ripon MP Louise Staley votes against Victorian Renewable Energy Target as it would ‘hurt’ jobs and health costs
Ripon MP Louise Staley has voted against legislation to enable a Victorian Renewable Energy Target. Ms Staley told parliament that her vote was influenced by what she saw as potential impacts on jobs, hospital budgets and the cost of living in Ararat. “When we look at the East Grampians Health Service, which is in Ararat where I live, the chief executive of that hospital service has said that their power prices are going up 100 per cent – from $200 000 . . .
South West Victorian farmers and residents have voiced their opposition to more wind farms in their community. Their views were expressed to National Wind Farm Commissioner Andrew Dyer at a meeting in Hawkesdale last week. About 70 people raised concerns over noise, health risks, land devaluation, damage to the livability of the local area, planning process, compliance and the lack of transparency over developers’ agreements with other landholders. Three-quarters of those present raised their hands when asked who neighboured a . . .
Police suspect a long-arm gun was used to shoot turbines across the Waubra Wind Farm northwest of Ballarat recently. Detectives have launched an investigation after technicians found bullet holes on several of the big structures, which are located on private farms. The offence could have occurred any time from late last year before the damage was discovered by renewable energy company Acciona around May. Since the Waubra Wind Farm started operations there have six similar incidents reported to police between . . .
One of Victoria’s best-known wind farms, Waubra, 35km north-west of Ballarat, has been shot at several times in recent years, police have revealed. The details have emerged as detectives from the Ballarat crime unit investigate the latest report of numerous shots being fired into one of the turbines. Waubra is Australia’s fourth largest wind farm, with 128 turbines capable of generating a combined 192 megawatts of power – around an eighth of the now-closed Hazelwood coal-fired power station. But the . . .
It could be the wind farm capital of Australia, but the residents of Hawkesdale don’t see the appeal in the potential tourist attraction rising on their doorstep. Just 300km west of Melbourne, the township of 400 is grappling with the prospect that five wind farms – with almost 500 turbines generating 1500 megawatts – could soon go up and effectively encircle their town. Three approved projects at Hawkesdale, Woolsthorpe and Ryan Corner, will border the town to the east and the south, . . .
Paul Lewis just wants a good night’s sleep. More than three years since the largest wind farm in the southern hemisphere sprang up on his back fence, the sheep and cattle farmer considers himself lucky if he has a night when he isn’t woken by the sound of turning blades. Now with a slew of new wind farms planned around his town of Hawkesdale, 300km west of Melbourne, and impending changes to Victorian state planning policy, Mr Lewis is seriously . . .
About 100 people attended a community meeting in Hawkesdale last week to air their concerns about the proliferation of wind farms in the area. Local councillors and politicians joined the crowd at the Hawkesdale Hall to hear from national wind farm commissioner Andrew Dyer and voice their opinions. The meeting was arranged in relation to the proposed amendments to the Ryan Corner and Hawkesdale wind farms, which would see the blade tip height go from 126.3 metres to 180 metres. . . .