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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.


October 5, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

200 in protest against $350million CQ wind farm

Residents across the region have their doubts about a proposed $350 million Banana Range Wind Farm Project, 20 kilometres west of Biloela. About 200 members have joined the Facebook group 'Banana Range Wind Farm – Impacted Residents' to voice their disapproval of the project. It is expected the project, which would include 51 wind turbines, will create an estimated 100-150 jobs during the construction period and 10-15 full-time jobs during operations. Melanie Stevens, whose property will be located six to . . . Complete story »


October 2, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Moyne Shire Council push for 1.5 kilometre wind farm turbine setback

Wind farm turbines should be setback at least 1500 metres from a property's boundary fence, Moyne Shire councillors say. Councillors have pushed for setback distances further than national wind farm commissioner Andrew Dyer had recommended in a report to the Australian Parliament in June. Mr Dyer recommended turbines be setback 1.5 kilometres from a residence, and two kilometres if the turbine exceeded 200 metres. But Cr Jill Parker successfully pushed to write to Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne requesting that . . . Complete story »


September 20, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Regulator takes SA wind farms to court

Scientific evidence will play a role in court proceedings against four South Australian wind farm operators alleged to have failed to perform properly during a statewide blackout in 2016. The cases, brought by the Australian Energy Regulator, came before the Federal Court on Friday, with AGL Energy Ltd, Neoen SA, Pacific Hydro Ltd and Tilt Renewables all accused of breaching the National Electricity Rules. They relate to the performance of wind farms during the severe weather event that swept SA . . . Complete story »


September 19, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Truck carrying turbine blade rolls in Tas

A truck driver has had a lucky escape after his vehicle rolled on a rural Tasmanian road while carrying a giant wind turbine blade. Highland Lakes Road, at Apsley in the state’s Central Highlands region, isn’t expected to be cleared until late on Thursday night. Inspector Philippa Burk told reporters it’s extremely lucky the driver wasn’t hurt. “He managed to get free of the truck as it was falling over,” she said. The loaded truck weighing 60 tonnes toppled around . . . Complete story »


September 19, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

70m wind turbine blade blocks road after truck rollover near Bothwell in Tasmania

A 60-tonne truck has rolled over near Bothwell, in Tasmania’s central highlands, leaving a 68-metre-long wind turbine blade that costs $300,000 across the road. The incident at 5:30am left the Highland Lakes Road at Apsley unpassable and it is not expected to reopen until at least midnight. Police said there were no reported injuries. The truck driver transporting the wind turbine was able to leave the cabin of the freight liner prime mover before it rolled. Drivers were asked to . . . Complete story »


September 19, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Coastal Gippsland residents raise concerns about Star of the South, Australia’s largest wind farm

Residents of coastal Gippsland have raised concerns about Australia’s largest offshore wind farm proposal off the south-east coast of Victoria. The Star of the South wind farm is 496 square kilometres and hopes to power almost a million homes – almost a fifth of Victoria’s electrical needs. In March 2019, the Federal Government approved an exploration license to investigate possible sites for turbines, cabling and power transmission stations. The company has begun community consultations in coastal towns across Gippsland as part . . . Complete story »


September 17, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Lightning strike blamed for wind turbine blade damage at Lal Lal Wind Farm

Lal Lal Wind Farm operators have confirmed a lightning strike caused a giant wind turbine blade to break and fall to the ground during a storm on Sunday. About 6.40pm, during the storm, a blade fell to the ground from a V-136 3.6 megawatt turbine. Vestas, which operates the Lal Lal Wind Farm east of Ballarat, said there were no injuries and no further damage to the turbine structure as a result of the loss of the blade. “The area . . . Complete story »


September 16, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine loses blade at Lal Lal Windfarm

Eagle-eyed residents near the Lal Lal Windfarm have spotted a wind turbine missing one of its three blades. Thought to have occurred last night, locals have noticed the turbines at Spreadeagle Road near Yendon have not been running this morning. A spokesperson for Lal Lal Windfarm has confirmed their technical team is investigating after one of the blades from their V136-3.6 megawatt turbine broke. It’s estimated the blade came adrift around 6:40pm, the same time as the storm passed through . . . Complete story »


September 16, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Off shore wind project

More than 100 people turned up to hear the latest development in what could be Australia’s first off shore wind farm at a community session in Morwell on Thursday night. The project, which is still in its feasibility stage, seeks to build a 2000 megawatt wind farm between 10 and 25 kilometres off the Yarram coastline. Star of the South is seeking local feedback over the proposal after it had been granted an investigation licence by the federal government in . . . Complete story »


August 29, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Moyne Shire Council requests Woolnorth Wind Farm removes anemometer from proposed Mount Fyans site

The company proposing to build a wind farm at Mount Fyans will remove a wind monitoring tower from the site that no longer has a council permit. Moyne Shire councillor Jim Doukas flagged at the council’s August meeting that Woolnorth Wind Farm’s anemometer at the site, near Mortlake, had expired in February. Cr Doukas initially wanted to give the company 10 working days to remove the instrument, but Woolnorth Wind Farm wrote to the council ahead of the meeting and . . . Complete story »


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