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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.

March 30, 2022 • Australia, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Victorian wind farm ordered to pay damages and curb night noise nuisance – Implications for wind farms in Australia

OVERVIEW On 25 March 2022 the Victorian Supreme Court issued its long awaited judgment in the ongoing Bald Hills Wind Farm nuisance proceedings in Uren v Bald Hills Wind Farm Pty Ltd [2022] VSC 145. Justice Richards held that operational noise the Bald Hills Wind Farm was causing a nuisance to two local residents at night time and ordered the operator of the Bald Hills Wind Farm to: stop causing nuisance from wind turbine noise at night and implement noise abatement measures to . . . Complete story »

March 30, 2022 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Serrated wind blades spark calls for wildlife protection tech

Tablelands conservationists are horrified that the $370m Kaban wind farm will have serrated blades on its 28 turbines. A spokeswoman for French renewable energy giant Neoen, which owns the wind farm under construction near Ravenshoe, confirmed the blades were serrated. “The blades currently being installed at Kaban have serrations on the back side of the blade to minimise noise for the benefit of the local community and surrounding fauna,” the spokeswoman said. Rainforest Reserves Australia spokeswoman Carolyn Emms called on . . . Complete story »

March 28, 2022 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Stanley wind farm opposers boosted by Victorian Supreme Court case

A landmark decision in the Victorian Supreme Court may have significant legal ramifications on this side of the Strait. “That’s the hope of protest group Respect Stanley Peninsula – No Wind Turbines Inc., an organisation formed in opposition to an energy giants’ plans to place 12 turbines about four kilometres from Stanley. However, the developer, Sydney-based energy company Epuron, is undeterred.” The decision on Friday was in favour of two Gippsland farmers who complained the noise generated by the nearby . . . Complete story »

March 25, 2022 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Farmers win wind farm battle, court rules turbines too noisy

Victoria’s Supreme Court has ruled in favour of two Gippsland farmers who say a neighbouring wind farm has emitted unreasonable noise at their properties since 2015, in what their lawyer says is a first in Australia. John Zakula and Noel Uren fought the Bald Hills Wind Farm for years in councils and courts, raising concern about the noise the turbines made near their homes in Tarwin Lower, about 170 kilometres south-east of Melbourne. On Friday, Justice Melinda Richards ordered the . . . Complete story »

March 25, 2022 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Bald Hills Wind Farm ordered to stop emitting night-time noise, pay neighbours damages in landmark ruling

A Victorian court has ordered a wind farm in the state’s south east to stop emitting noise at night in a momentous court decision. The Victorian Supreme Court today found the noise from the Bald Hills Wind Farm at Tarwin Lower created a nuisance to its neighbours ordering damages and an injunction. John Zakula and Noel Uren took civil action against the wind farm last year, telling the court that “roaring” intermittent noise from the wind turbines caused health problems . . . Complete story »

March 25, 2022 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Courts slap injunction on noisy Bald Hills wind farm

The operators of the Bald Hills Wind Farm at Tarwin Lower have been ordered to stop the nuisance noise being created by their wind turbines, in the vicinity of neighbour John Zakula’s residence at night, as part of a decision handed down by the Supreme Court of Victoria today, Friday, March 25. The injunction, applied for by Mr Zakula as part of an action against Bald Hills Wind Farm Pty Ltd after its operation stopped him from sleeping on at . . . Complete story »

March 25, 2022 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Alinta says court wind farm ruling will have ‘dramatic’ and chilling effect on renewable energy investment

One of Australia’s biggest renewable energy investors says a court’s decision to uphold complaints against a Victorian wind farm could have “dramatic” and chilling effects on the country’s transition away from fossil fuels. Alinta boss Jeff Dimery, whose company is one of Australia’s biggest private energy providers, said the ruling by Victoria’s Supreme Court would be a “shock” to companies planning to invest billions of dollars in new wind farms. In its decision, the court backed claims brought against the . . . Complete story »

March 24, 2022 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Bald Hills’ decision possible blow for all wind farms

Damages in the millions and an injunction placing restrictions on the operation of the 52-turbine Bald Hills Wind Farm, especially at night. These are among the possible outcomes when the Supreme Court hands down its decision in the case of Uren v Bald Hills Wind Farm Pty Ltd on Friday this week. The owners of the wind farm, south of Tarwin Lower, the Infrastructure Capital Group (ICG), might also get off scot-free if found by Justice Melinda Richards to have . . . Complete story »

March 18, 2022 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Ryan Corner wind farm permit approved, construction north of Port Fairy beginning soon

Victoria’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has granted an amended planning permit for the Ryan Corner wind farm north-west of Port Fairy, giving the project the green light to proceed. Global Power Generation (GPG), the company building the wind farm, applied to amend its planning permit in September 2021, removing four of the planned turbines to leave a total of 52. A spokeswoman for GPG said construction plans for the project were receiving final sign-off and “preparatory works . . . Complete story »

March 14, 2022 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Fears renewable energy projects could turn Far North Queensland’s pristine rainforest into ‘industrial wasteland’

There are calls for the Queensland government to stop approving large, foreign-owned wind farm developments in Far North Queensland, amid fears the area could become an “industrial wasteland”. The South-Korean owned wind and solar energy developer Epuron wants to build a 94-wind turbine development that will border World Heritage listed rainforest, west of Cairns. Assessment work is already under way for the site which will be located on two pastoral properties near Tully Falls National Park, part of the Wet . . . Complete story »

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