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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 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.

December 7, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Massive WA wind farm a step closer after receiving nod for bigger turbines

Plans for a $400 million wind farm near Kojonup in Western Australia’s Great Southern have cleared an important bureaucratic hurdle after a planning umpire waved through a proposal for bigger turbines. Moonies Hill Energy, which is backed by a number of farming families in the region, wants to build one of the biggest wind farms in the state, comprising 42 turbines capable of generating almost 180 megawatts combined. The plans have been on the drawing board for more than a . . . Complete story »

December 4, 2021 • Australia, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Epuron Exposed?

Yesterday the Legislative Council Government Business Scrutiny Committee exposed potentially misleading conduct of wind farm developer Epuron. Epuron, a Sydney based renewables developer, is known for getting wind farm developments approved, then on-selling development approvals. Epuron has come under increasing pressure from the communities of Stanley and St Patricks Plains in the Central Highlands. These communities speak of poor community engagement and insensitive and inappropriate choice of location. They say Epuron ignores biodiversity, scenic landscapes and proximity to Stanley, as . . . Complete story »

December 3, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Moyne Shire Council opposes amendments to Ryan Corner and Hawkesdale wind farms

Moyne Shire councillors voted unanimously to object to proposed planning permit amendments for the Ryan Corner and Hawkesdale wind farm projects. The permit holder, GPG, applied to the Victorian Planning Minister to amend the permits for both wind farms in early September. At the Ryan Corner site the main changes GPG requested were the removal of four wind turbines, bringing the total number to 52, increasing the amount of native vegetation to be removed, and adding aviation lighting to 22 . . . Complete story »

December 3, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Concerned residents vow to fight proposed new Mumblin Wind Farm

A group of concerned residents have vowed to fight a proposed new wind farm in the south-west. Forming the Ecklin-Elingamite-Glenfyne Community Association, around 30 residents have raised concerns about the Mumblin Wind Farm. The proposed wind farm, around eight kilometres south-west of Cobden, will consist of up to 10 60-megawatt wind turbine generators. The turbines themselves will be 250 metres in height and will produce enough power for approximately 35,000 homes. Group spokeswoman Dayle Smithwick said the group was not opposed . . . Complete story »

November 28, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Golden Plains Wind Farm: Project receives planning permit amendment approval

The final obstacles for the largest renewable energy project in the region, and one of the biggest in Australia, are slipping away as the state Planning Minister gives his tick of approval. The 215-turbine Golden Plains Wind Farm, to be built at Rokewood, has been bogged down in years of legal battles but has finally been given the green light by Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne approving a planning amendment. The dispute centred around the initial planned layout for 228 . . . Complete story »

November 28, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

State to host biggest wind farm in southern hemisphere as turbines win final approval

Construction on the biggest wind farm in the southern hemisphere will start in Victoria next year after the state’s Planning Minister gave the final tick of approval to the $2 billion facility. It will have almost twice as many turbines and be roughly double the megawatt capacity of the wind farm at Coopers Gap in Queensland, which is presently the biggest in Australia. It comes after years of legal challenges by local farmers and wrangling over the size of the . . . Complete story »

November 18, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Nundle wind farm opponents ‘hindered’ consultation about scheme, French energy company Engie claims

The company behind the controversial Hills of Gold wind farm near Nundle has complained that opponents of the project unfairly obstructed locals from hearing their side of the story. Engie's General Manager for asset development for Australia and New Zealand, Andrew Kerley, said the French multinational energy company remains strongly committed to the scheme on a visit to Tamworth this week. Mr Kerley accused the Hills of Gold Preservation Inc of getting in the way of residents who wanted to . . . Complete story »

November 17, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind, solar farms set to be built on NSW forestry land

Wind and solar farms have been earmarked for construction across hundreds of kilometres of NSW government-owned softwood forestry land under proposed changes to the state’s energy laws. Close to 1600 hectares of Forestry Corporation land would be made available for wind turbines and solar farms under a plan that would allow the corporation to boost its income by millions of dollars. However, the new legislation has prompted concerns within the industry and the Labor opposition that the state government is . . . Complete story »

November 16, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm opponents in Nundle accuse NSW of double standards

Residents of the town of Nundle are calling on the New South Wales government to impose the same standards of community consent for existing renewable development proposals as it has for the state’s new renewable energy zones. As the first two of five REZs were declared in the central west-Orana and New England regions, the NSW government’s electricity infrastructure roadmap mandated that “renewables are developed where regional communities want them”. There has been an overwhelming expression of interest in response. . . . Complete story »

November 11, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Petition launched to stop Chalumbin’s 95 wind turbine farm project, 15km southwest of Ravenshoe

One of Australia’s largest renewable energy developers, Epuron, is pushing forward with its proposed 95 wind-turbine farm in Far North Queensland, despite strong community opposition. The Chalumbin Wind Farm will see 95 wind turbine generators located across two long-held cattle grazing properties, Glen Gordon and Wooroora Station, located 15 kilometres southwest of Ravenshoe on the southern Tablelands. With a height of 160 metres and a blade width of 90m, the turbines would be among the largest in Australia and some . . . Complete story »

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