Impact on Birds and Australia / New Zealand
"I'm all for renewable energy. What I am against is the threat to birdlife that will be present by the introduction of turbine blades in what is their migratory route.
"How can Acciona say it has all the information possible when flora and fauna studies were done over a few short days, in drought.
Up to 192 birds are killed by wind turbines at the Waubra Wind Farm each year, according to new figures.
The numbers were collected by multinational energy firm Acciona, which runs the farm, between 2009 and 2011.
When Adelaide University masters student Frank Wang surveyed residents within a 5km radius of the Waterloo wind turbines he found 70 per cent of respondents claimed they had been negatively affected by the wind development and the noise, with more than 50 per cent having been very or moderately negatively affected.
"We don't know exactly, but where the proposed wind farms will be is in superb parrot habitat, which is extremely vulnerable," he said.
"The disturbance factor because of the turbines and the noise we don't know, but I don't think we can afford to take the risk."
They are the treasured town emblem which locals fear could be obliterated by the turbines of a wind farm.
The people of Boorowa are afraid the bright green superb parrot - and seven other species of plants and animals, will be wiped out by a wind farm planned for the district, in the NSW Southern Tablelands.
The Environment Protection Authority has asked the proponent of a $500 million Central Highlands wind farm for more information on the risks the farm's turbines pose to wedge-tailed eagles.
The company behind the proposal says it is confident of gaining final approval from the EPA and is still on track to start work as intended in 2012.
A threatened species of bird living amid the tussock near Dunedin could influence the way New Zealanders design their wind farms.
Researchers are poised to see whether TrustPower's new wind farm at Mahinerangi has any effect on the New Zealand falcons.
They have found nests and nesting pairs and are using radio transmitters to monitor the birds' pre-turbine movements.
The number of eagles killed by turbine blades at one of Australia's largest wind farms is climbing, with a rare juvenile wedge-tailed eagle the 22nd to die ...The juvenile eagle was the only wedge-tailed bird from the critically endangered Tasmanian sub-species to successfully fledge locally last season.
The controversial Bald Hills wind farm that catapulted the endangered parrot to fame in 2006 is under renewed scrutiny, after it was quietly granted permission to make its turbines more than 20 per cent taller. ...''This is a significant change and there's no environment effects statement. All the modelling that's been done for approvals was done on a previous arrangement,'' he said.
For the next four months or so, Mr Ressom and fellow observer Helen Phillips will stand sentry among the reeds, monitoring the numbers of Australia's rarest bird - the orange-bellied parrot - making sure its dwindling numbers don't fly into the blades of a wind turbine. ...Last year, the turbines at Yambuk were shut down twice, when the observers alerted the wind farm operator Pacific Hydro, that a number of the parrots were feeding in the vicinity.
Wind turbine blades in Turitea Reserve could hurt New Zealand's endangered native falcons, a board of inquiry has been told.
Biogeography specialist Professor Emeritus of Massey University John Flenley told the Turitea Wind Farm hearing yesterday the planned wind farm could lead to local extinction of the rare bird.
Till now the developers have implied that it would be out of sight and (they hoped) out of mind. ...But this week we have discovered that the windfarm (if they get resource consent to build it) won't be so isolated after all. It will be "west of Brooklyn and south of Karori" so it will have many neighbours.
One of its biggest neighbours will be the Karori wildlife sanctuary, which is worried that native birds could be killed by the rotating blades of the Long Gully turbines.
Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett must approve the Stockyard Hill Wind Farm, under national laws, before it can go ahead.
The project has gone to the Federal Government because it has been found likely to have significant environmental impact.
It now must be assessed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
The Central Highlands could soon be home to the state's biggest wind farm but the endangered wedge- tailed eagle may stop the multimillion-dollar development before it begins. ...But the project faces one major hurdle that has stopped similar developments in the past.
N. P. Power had identified that wedge-tailed eagles and white- bellied sea eagles inhabit the region, with two nests existing on the wind farm site.
The New South Wales Government has given planning approval for a wind farm at Gullen Range, near Goulburn, after putting in place measures to protect the powerful owl and the wedgetail eagle. ...Ms Keneally says the the use of some turbines will have to be restricted when the young owls are learning to fly.
Contact Energy is prepared to take the risk of building multimillion-dollar turbines at its proposed Waikato wind farm even if they might not be able to operate under consent conditions. ...the tension evident between Contact's plans and the Conservation Department which says there is not enough evidence to make a decision on the project has already emerged as one of the pivotal issues for the hearing.
A breeding pair of wedge-tailed eagles has been killed at Roaring 40s' Woolnorth Bluff Point windfarm in the state's north-west.
A spokesman for Roaring 40s said the company "gets as upset as anybody when there is a collision", but urged people to keep the deaths in perspective.
The first eagle was killed on August 17 and a few days later its mate was also struck. ..."But every death of an endangered species is one step closer to the extinction of that species," Dr Woehler said.
The Tasmanian Greens today said the deaths of a breeding pair of Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagles, a critically endangered species, at the Roaring Forties Woolnorth Bluff Point wind farm during the last fortnight, is deeply disturbing. They have called on the responsible Minister to investigate the deaths and ensure the public are informed of the outcome of that investigation.
"The proponents [of the wind farm] say 11 birds have been killed by wind farms [but] we believe the number might be slightly higher, possibly as high as 18 birds," he said.
He says he describes the area as a "black hole" area for these birds because the wind farm area overlaps several territories of eagles.
"With every death it allows an opening - if you like - for a bird from an adjacent area looking for a territory to move in," he said.
"These birds then are essentially naive to the area - they don't recognise the turbines and they then in turn get killed. ..."It's a one-way trip into Woolnorth - they don't come out."
AUSTRALIA'S biggest wind farm in north-west Tasmania has become a "black hole" for endangered wedge-tailed eagles.
The 62-tower Woolnorth farm has killed up to 18 of the island's endangered subspecies of the wedge-tail in its giant rotor blades.
Despite their acute vision, the eagles are failing to pick out turbine blades with tips that can rotate at 300 kmh, according to Eric Woehler, chairman of Birds Tasmania.
"Eagles evolved in a landscape without wind farms," Dr Woehler said. "They just don't see the blades. The researchers there are finding that they are dying not only in the downsweep, but in the upsweep of the blades."