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.
WA’s soaring State debt could take a $1 billion hit as a result of the rush to build wind, solar and wave farms under the Federal Government’s green energy target, according to the State Opposition. Expectations are rising that Synergy wants to develop what would be WA’s biggest wind farm in a bid to meet its renewable energy target obligations. Under the target, energy providers such as Synergy are required to source 23 per cent of their generation needs from . . .
Plans for the construction of a third wind farm in the Northern Tablelands are steaming ahead, with Glen Innes Wind Farm developers submitting an updated proposal to the NSW Government. The proposal seeks to build larger turbines, similar to those on White Rock and Sapphire projects. Local State MP Adam Marshall is encouraging the public to comment on the modification to the planning consent application by developers Nexif Energy which is now on display on the NSW Major Projects register. . . .
Tablelands residents have accused the developer of a wind farm of destroying part of a mountain for the $380 million project and turning it into an “eyesore”. Construction is underway on Ratch Australia’s Mt Emerald Wind Farm which, once completed, will bring 53 giant turbines to the high elevation site, 5km west of Walkamin. However, nearby residents claim rock blasting and vegetation clearing at the mountain has left scars on the terrain, which are noticeable from several kilometres away. “There’s . . .
Green wind power has a dark tinge at Wellingrove outside Glen Innes, where debate over the physical installation of enormous wind turbines has caused enough heartache and division to more than offset environmentally friendly carbon credits purchased in Canberra. In April last year the ACT government announced it would be fully powered by renewables in four years. The Sapphire project, closest to Wellingrove, will ‘supply’ 49,000 Canberra homes. But far greater angst has been cast upon those live in the . . .
The Upper Lachlan Shire is touted by some as the wind farm capital of Australia, but not everyone is happy with the proliferation of turbines on the southern tablelands of New South Wales. The shire is home to nine large-scale wind farms, and one more is awaiting approval. Although some of these projects have been operating for almost two decades, wind energy is still a divisive issue in the community. As he finishes feeding his cattle, Crookwell grazier John Carter . . .
The world’s biggest battery will cost the South Australian taxpayer much less than a $150 million fund set aside for renewable energy, but the state government isn’t saying how much. On Saturday, Premier Jay Weatherill poured cold water on industry suggestions published by Forbes, that the 100MW battery farm, half the size of Adelaide Oval, would cost $200 million. The world’s biggest battery concept on Friday propelled SA onto the world stage, with the project making headlines around the world. . . .
A company planning what could be one of Australia’s biggest wind farms has cut the number of proposed turbines to minimise the impact on nearby landowners. Initial plans for the Liverpool Range Wind Farm involved building 288 turbines between Coolah and Cassilis in central-west New South Wales. But in response to public submissions received on the project about two years ago, the proponent, Epuron, has now made changes. The amended plan would include cutting 16 turbines to reduce the total . . .
When Janet Hetherington went to a Melbourne hospital for a minor procedure late last year she had an odd experience. She was unable to sleep in the bed she was given and forced to move to escape a disturbing sensation that made it impossible for her to settle. She reported her incident to hospital authorities, who later called in acoustic experts who confirmed a concentration of low-frequency noise in the precise area that she had been settled. The noise has . . .
Chief scientist Alan Finkel has caused created controversy by recommending that individual wind and solar farms be responsible for providing “dispatchable” generation – a “generator reliability obligation” rather than looking at system-wide solutions. Although many wind and solar farms plan to include battery storage when they are built – such as facilities proposed by Lyon Solar, and say that the combined cost is cheaper than new gas generation – the renewable energy industry is concerned that a blanket rule may . . .
The slowest wind conditions on record in some places of South Australia have slashed east coast wind generation in the June quarter, pushing up electricity prices, cutting wind farm profits and spurring concerns about future energy market planning. The trend, spurred by unusually high pressure systems in the Great Australian Bight that are becoming more prevalent as the globe warms, is forecast to continue in July and August, the weather bureau says. The so-called wind drought has meant National Electricity . . .