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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.


January 20, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Meeting discusses options to try to stop Alberton wind farm

More than 70 concerned residents of the district from Hedley to Yarram filled the Yarram Country Club meeting room on Thursday night to plan how best to appeal State Planning Minister Richard Wynne’s approval of Synergy Wind’s proposal to erect 34 wind turbines close to their homes. Convened by the saveyarram.com collective, a core group of about one dozen affected residents, the meeting heard how the notice of approval had been released by the minister’s office on New Year’s Eve, . . . Complete story »


January 2, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Twin Creek forum finds planning code concerns

The inal SA Planning and Design Code draft with reviewed guidelines for wind farms is expected to be handed to the state government by the SA Planning Commission in April, but, in the wake of the Twin Creek wind farm being approved, a recent meeting at Eudunda revealed some communities are still calling for increased setbacks between wind farms and rural houses. Last month, the Planning Commission hosted a public forum following a request from Hansborough and Districts Resident’s Group . . . Complete story »


December 27, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Nundle wind farm: ‘overwhelming majority’ of residents against the proposal

Nundle district residents who oppose a wind farm proposal for their area say the majority of people living there do not want the development – and they can prove it. Members of the Hills of Gold Preservation Inc (HOGPI) group made the claim in a presentation to the last Tamworth Regional Council meeting for 2019. They have a Justice of the Peace statutory declaration that "the majority of Nundle and Hanging Rock residents and landholders do not want wind turbines . . . Complete story »


December 21, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms in spotlight at planning forum

The State Planning Commission hosted a public forum in Eudunda on December 4 for members of the community interested in understanding more about the proposed changes to the renewable energy policies in the new planning system. The session provided an opportunity to understand how existing renewable energy policies are being updated in the Planning and Design Code to keep pace with new and more efficient energy infrastructure. Thirty three members of the community attended to hear from Mr Allan Holmes . . . Complete story »


December 21, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed state wind farm planning code discussed in Eudunda

Proposed state wind farm conditions outlined in Eudunda this month has left a core group feeling like they have been “thrown under a bus”, despite some positive changes. The release of the planning code, which follows the recently approved Twin Creek development near Kapunda, was shared with more than 30 people attending the State Planning Commission Renewable Energy forum. The gathering resulted in the Hansborough and District Residents Group revealing their worries over a number of the code’s recommendations. A . . . Complete story »


December 17, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms reject responsibility for SA blackout

Two South Australian wind farms have argued they should not shoulder the blame for the 2016 statewide blackout, a court has heard. The Australian Energy Regulator is taking legal action against four energy companies over the incident. But the Federal Court heard on Tuesday two of the wind farms – at Clements Gap and Hornsdale – are arguing they are not liable because the state’s power system was not in a secure operating state at the time of the blackout. . . . Complete story »


November 26, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Chinese wind farm fury rocks Yass Valley residents

A giant Chinese-owned wind farm being built in the Southern Tablelands has deeply divided a town and raised the spectre of national security risks. Beijing-based Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co, part-owned by the Chinese Communist government, plans to build 75 wind turbines in the Yass Valley through its Australian arm, Coppabella Wind Farm Pty Ltd. Neighbours are up in arms about environmental hazards and visual pollution, but the project has planning approvals. Affected residents also say the issue has . . . Complete story »


November 24, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

From China to the outback: Logistical nightmare behind transport of gigantic wind turbines

In what could only be described as a logistical nightmare, workers are preparing to transport a new wind farm more than 630 kilometres inland to power one of Australia’s biggest gold mines. Fifteen blades, measuring 66 metres in length, will be trucked individually from Geraldton on WA’s mid-west coast to the remote Agnew gold mine in the northern Goldfields. The blades were shipped from China and arrived at Geraldton Port on the Dutch bulk cargo vessel Danzigergracht this week. The . . . Complete story »


November 5, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm trials camera detection to protect Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagles from blade strikes

In an Australian first, a wind farm under construction in Tasmania has installed technology to help protect wedge-tailed eagles from flying into the path of turbines. The IdentiFlight technology developed in the US uses a series of cameras mounted on towers to detect any eagles in flight that may be heading towards the turbines. The cameras then have the ability to link in to the turbines at the Cattle Hill Wind Farm and slow them down, or turn them off . . . Complete story »


November 1, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm rejection leaves clean energy advocates baffled

Renewable energy advocates have been left disappointed after a proposed wind farm on the NSW Southern Tablelands was rejected because of the visual impact on residents. The 23-turbine project near Crookwell, known as Crookwell 3, would have added to the nearly 300 turbines already in the area. The NSW Department of Planning and Environment rejected the proposal in May, citing concerns about the turbines’ proximity to eight nearby properties. The Independent Planning Commission has upheld the decision, stating the “visual . . . Complete story »


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