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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.


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 »


October 25, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Australian state blocks wind farm due to its ‘visual impact’

The A$120 million ($82 million) Crookwell III wind farm in New South Wales has been blocked by the state’s planning authority, citing its unacceptable visual impact. “The site is not suitable for the project because of its proximity to, and the nature and scale of visual impacts on, residences and the community,” the Independent Planning Commission said Friday in a media statement. The project was referred to the commission in April by the state government’s planning department after it drew . . . Complete story »


October 25, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Crookwell III Wind Farm knocked back

The state’s Independent Planning Commission has refused development consent for a multi-million-dollar wind farm development in the NSW Southern Tablelands. The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment referred the proposed 23-turbine Crookwell III Wind Farm to the Commission for determination in April this year amid community opposition. In its Statement of Reasons for Decision, the Commission concluded that while the wind farm “would result in the public benefits of delivering renewable energy and reduce the reliance on fossil fuel consumption, . . . Complete story »


October 25, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Independent Planning Commission refuses development consent for Crookwell 3 Wind Farm

The Independent Planning Commission has refused development consent for Crookwell 3 Wind Farm. In April, the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment referred the proposed 23-turbine wind farm to the commission for determination. Commissioners Peter Duncan (panel chair), professor Zada Lipman and Adrian Pilton were appointed to consider the $120-million project. Earlier today, they determined to refuse the state significant development application. The commission cited that the wind farm would have had significant residual issues including: Unacceptable visual impacts on . . . Complete story »


October 25, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Twin Creek wind farm outside Kapunda is approved

Approval for the Twin Creek wind farm development located 11km north-east of Kapunda has been granted. The decision reached by the State Commission Assessment Panel (SCAP) was officially announced (today) Friday. The outcome falls two weeks after an approved wind farm at Keyneton was dropped due to state government not granting developers Pacific Hydro another extension for build work. The Twin Creek approval ends a lengthy fight headed by a core group, including neighbouring landholders, after Victorian developers RES made . . . Complete story »


October 22, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Victory: Residents rejoice over Keyneton wind farm development pulled

The Keyneton wind farm battle has been won. A decade of angst carried by Keyneton residents has blown away with state government’s recent decision to “not grant” another extension for Pacific Hydro’s approved wind farm. The relieved group attribute the triumph to “people power”. Their continuous and lengthy fight to stop the 42-wind turbine development, earmarked for the Mount Lofty Ranges, was first celebrated over social media. Long-time resident David Formby was stoked the development, first mooted in 2009, had . . . Complete story »


October 20, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Stockyard Hill church demolished as wind farm continues construction

A historic abandoned church in Stockyard Hill has been demolished to make space for the massive Stockyard Hill Wind Farm. The site has now become part of the site office, with truck parking. Minutes from the project’s community reference group in July 2018 indicate Goldwind, the company building the wind farm, bought the Stockyard Hill Road block in 2009. Publicly accessible real estate information reveals the site sold for $686,657 in January 2009. There was no heritage overlay over the . . . Complete story »


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