www.windaction.orgfacts, analysis, exposure of wind energy's real impactsWindactionhttp://www.windaction.org/articles/c52+57?theme=atomXarayar2006-06-12T02:16:27ZWind industry angered over red tape.385032013-05-29T15:58:28Z2013-05-29T15:58:28ZWind energy producers are in a twist after being forced to demonstrate they are operating within noise limits every time they seek to surrender renewable energy certificates.
As of the start of June, all large-scale power stations accredited under the renewable energy target will have to submit a "standing notice" of ongoing compliance with all local, state and federal planning and approval requirements.Chill breeze of politics stills Australian renewables.384792013-05-27T21:16:38Z2013-05-27T21:16:38ZOn a line of low hills standing sentinel beside a dry lake bed near Canberra, giant turbines turning slowly in a chill winter breeze give no hint of a multi-billion-dollar storm building around renewable energy.Ill wind blows through Liberal ranks.384612013-05-25T16:31:06Z2013-05-25T16:31:06ZA rift is widening in Coalition ranks over renewable energy targets, with several Liberal MPs planning to publicly defy the party line by attending a Tea Party-style anti-wind farm rally at Parliament House in Canberra.More pain to come on power prices.377662013-03-19T02:56:22Z2013-03-19T02:56:22ZEven though wind power is inexpensive to build, it is difficult to obtain the permits and approvals, and it also needs gas-fired power stations to generate electricity when the wind is not blowing. ...''At the moment, these are marginal fuels, free-riding on the system. Once that free ride is over, they will have to pay their way, and that will result in increased costs.''Senator takes up wind-farm noise issue .366462012-11-30T03:29:37Z2012-11-30T03:29:37ZWind farms should be regulated to ensure they don't create excessive noise, parliament has been told.
Democratic Labor Party senator John Madigan and Independent South Australian senator Nick Xenophon on Thursday introduced a private member's bill to amend the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000.
Synergy chairman calls green scheme disappointing.357162012-08-06T21:34:21Z2012-08-06T21:34:21ZBut today the Chairman Michael Smith told a Parliamentary hearing he felt uncomfortable with the situation because customers paying a premium for green energy should not have to then pay the carbon tax.Labor pulls plug on energy role.343662012-02-20T18:06:01Z2012-02-20T18:06:01ZThe move follows a budget decision late last year to scrap the $11.7 million remaining in the $20 million Renewable Energy Fund.
This fund was overseen by RenewablesSA, and industry said there were now no state funding support avenues available for renewable energy.
Turn on, tune in, pay up or switch off .338642011-12-21T16:29:06Z2011-12-21T16:29:06ZBut the cost of green power will continue to burden those not getting the benefits of rebates.
The high cost of creating uncompetitive renewable energy generators such as wind and solar is also part of the $185 portion of the bill increase tied up in generation costs.
But the renewable-energy drive is leading to other cost pressures.
MP slams NSW ministers over wind farms.338462011-12-19T14:44:11Z2011-12-19T14:44:11ZIn a submission presented to NSW Planning on Monday, the group said the farms will cause excessive noise causing sleep loss, stress and other health problems.
The Shooters and Fishers Party agree.
Shooters Party MP Robert Borsak says the government should halt the entire process.
Wind energy report riddled with flaws.337552011-11-28T13:45:20Z2011-11-28T13:45:20Z"The most dubious assumption is that carbon dioxide will be costed at $50 or $100 per tonne. This is a key assumption and without it, their whole economic argument collapses. In Europe, the current carbon price is about â‚¬7.5 per tonne and falling rapidly. Everyone agrees that there is now no chance that Kyoto will be extended..."Nationals want wind farm freeze.335602011-11-08T01:02:00Z2011-11-08T01:02:00ZDelegates at last weekend's conference carried a motion calling for a moratorium on wind farms.
Burrinjuck Electorate delegate Mr. James Harker-Mortlock said more review is needed on new wind farm developments.
Local resident's appeal upheld in Australian Supreme Court.335402011-11-07T14:19:42Z2011-11-07T14:19:42ZAmongst these grounds of appeal was a challenge to the EPA SA Wind Farm Noise Guidelines, and specifically whether their limits take proper account of the impact on residents from the wind turbine noise. In other words, the appeal is questioning the ability of the guidelines, as they are currently, to adequately protect human health.
Regulating wind farms out of Victoria .329412011-09-07T01:09:34Z2011-09-07T01:09:34ZWind farms, like much new technology, have generated both strong community support and vocal opposition. Victoria has recently amended its planning laws and regulations to restrict locations for wind farms.
Blackout for wind farm areas.329212011-09-06T21:21:56Z2011-09-06T21:21:56ZBillanook Ward councillor Tim Heenan said he was surprised at the lack of consultation with local councils about the planning law amendments.
"A much higher level of dialogue with local councils would have been better," Cr Heenan said.Turbines blown away as winds of change sweep through Victorian clean energy industry.328812011-08-30T04:29:38Z2011-08-30T04:29:38ZNew regulations that formed part of the Coalition's election platform yesterday came into effect, giving residents veto power over turbines within 2km of their home. Turbines have also been banned within 5km of major regional towns, and from scenic areas.
In the first signs that Victoria stands to lose billions of dollars from its economy and that investment will be redirected to other states, wind farm companies have already started to withdraw from Victoria or have had their projects thwarted.
Schultz raises pressure on wind farms.327142011-08-09T11:10:28Z2011-08-09T11:10:28ZA strong opponent of not just wind farms but also the mechanism by which they are approved, Mr Schultz went so far as to even criticise the current State Liberal government - his own party.
Wind-farm promise haunts Gov.326592011-08-03T11:17:52Z2011-08-03T11:17:52ZIndustry sources said Mr Baillieu had taken control of delivering the Coalition's election promise to give country Victorians an effective power of veto over turbines being built within 2km of their homes.
Wind farms blow up electricity cost .325782011-07-26T04:40:19Z2011-07-26T04:40:19Z"This energy is not reliable and could never provide a baseload electricity source. But the big companies are obliged to build these projects by law," Mr Freund said. "The price for wind farms is passed on to the customer - but it is done in an invisible way." Electricity bills forced up by 30pc .321472011-06-10T21:13:13Z2011-06-10T21:13:13ZThe costs of the Renewable Energy Target - which provides generous subsidies for rooftop solar schemes and large-scale projects such as wind farms - will explode by 360 per cent over the three years to June 30, 2013, as power companies try to meet the target of sourcing 20 per cent of their energy from renewable sources by 2020.
Renewable subsidies 'too costly': Productivity Commission.321502011-06-10T00:21:29Z2011-06-10T00:21:29ZThe Productivity Commission has urged that subsidies for renewable energy be scrapped with the introduction of a carbon price, saying they are extremely expensive and make any form of carbon market less efficient.