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.
Foreign companies dominate ownership of Australia’s wind farm developments, taking an estimated $1.7 billion a year in renewable energy subsidies offshore. Sixty per cent of existing wind farms are owned by foreign firms. This will increase to 69 per cent when four projects now in development are complete. And it will rise further still when the nation’s biggest wind farm development, Stockyard Hill in Victoria, is built. The sale by Origin Energy of the Stockyard Hill wind farm project to . . .
The owners of a wind farm near Canberra are being sued for sparking a catastrophic bushfire in January, in what is believed to be the first class action of its type in Australia. Victorian firm Maddens Lawyers filed the class action against Infigen Energy Ltd in the NSW Supreme Court after a crow electrocuted by a transmission line carrying power from the company’s Woodlawn wind farm sparked the fire, which burned 3400ha and caused up to $20 million damage. The . . .
A Victorian legal firm has mounted a class action over the Currandooley fire which burnt out almost 3400 hectares near Tarago in January. Maddens Lawyers of Warrnambool will represent 33 individuals owning 22 properties in the NSW Supreme Court action. The firm’s class action principal, Brendan Pendergast, said the action alleged that Infigen Energy “was aware of the risk that a bird strike to its high voltage power line could cause a fire.” Further, it was aware of previous similar . . .
Continued exposure to very low frequency noise or infrasound below the level of hearing may cause symptoms such as sleep disturbance, headache, dizziness, panic attacks and depression as reported internationally by people living near wind turbines, a major German study has found. The study, which used brain scans to monitor the response to auditory stimulation, identified significant activity linked to low frequency noise just below the test subjects’ audible range. Similar brain activity was not found at sound levels above . . .
Councillors and unhappy residents heard the latest favourable “spin” on a proposed $500 million wind farm. But the project slated for a site near Crystal Brook was the subject of startling revelations at Port Pirie Regional Council on Wednesday. It was stated that wind farms were neither a “compliant nor non-compliant” development in a zone above the Morgan-Whyalla pipeline along the foothills of the Flinders Ranges. And it was also revealed that the council development plan was put together before . . .
Southern Flinders Ranges residents are vowing to stop a 50-turbine wind farm from ruining the landscape, fearing the project will be fast-tracked because of the state’s energy crisis. The group of residents at Beetaloo Valley, 20km north of Crystal Brook, are outraged at a proposal by French company, Neoen, to create an “energy park” in their backyard. The $500 million project would create 150 jobs during construction and include a battery storage facility, solar farm and 50 wind turbines, which . . .
Residents of Beetaloo Valley have taken their fight against the development of 50 wind turbines in the Flinders Ranges Landscape Protection Zone to the highest levels of government. A delegation of residents raised their concerns with South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill, Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis and Planning Department chief executive Michael Deegan as part of the recent Country Cabinet visit to the region. Local teacher and Beetaloo Valley resident Mr Chris Stroud said the group received a positive hearing, with . . .
A proposed wind farm near Mount Rufus and St Kitts has been met with opposition from local landholders and residents. RES has been developing the Twin Creek Wind Farm site since early 2014 and last week held its second round of community consultation sessions at Kapunda, Eudunda and Truro. Initially, RES proposed to install 90 turbines, however following environmental surveys on the site this figure was revised to 51, 180-metre high turbines. However, unlike other wind farms in the region . . .
A high-profile prospective candidate for Nick Xenophon’s new SA Best party, set up to contest the next South Australian election, has sparked internal division by slamming “reckless” renewable energy targets that hurt business and make little difference to the environment. Peter Humphries, a well-known lawyer in South Australia with a long association to Senator Xenophon, yesterday announced his nomination to represent SA Best as an upper house candidate at the state election due on March 17 next year. But there . . .
A planning panel has heard divided opinion on whether 109 wind turbines should be built in southern New South Wales, with supporters arguing they could revitalise the local economy. More than 50 people packed out a Planning Assessment Commission meeting in Boorowa on Thursday which examined the proposed Rye Park Wind Farm. The project was recommended for approval earlier this month by the Department of Planning and Environment, with 68 stringent conditions. The company Tilt Renewables wants to build 109 . . .