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Moonies Hill Energy applied to build 75 turbines across farmland in the shires of Kojonup and Broomehill-Tambellup. ...It has subsequently been discovered that the town planning scheme in Broomehill-Tambellup prohibits the production of electricity which would rule out any wind farms being established.
Tony Abbott has had to correct his second climate change policy gaffe in as many days, as Julia Gillard's job to sell her policy grew harder with the launch of a $10 million advertising campaign backed by angry industry groups.
Western Australia's Environment Minister Mark McGowan has criticised his federal counterpart Ian Campbell for continuing to pursue a national approach to deal with wind farm developments.
Greater Wellington Regional Council today welcomed the announcement by Puketiro wind farm developer RES New Zealand that it did not require access from Paekakariki Hill Road to its proposed site through Greater Wellington's Battle Hill Farm Forest Park.
Acciona Energy's fight in court to defend the development of its $175 million wind farm near Mount Gambier has been adjourned into the new year to allow for medical evidence submissions.
The international infrastructure and energy company said it had conducted several years of detailed investigations into the proposed 46 turbine wind farm, about two km's east of Allendale, and had come to the decision that the project's economics did not stack up.
He said there were a number of people present with genuine concerns about the introduction of wind farms, and they were shown how the guidelines addressed those worries.
"Some people thought the guidelines were not stringent enough, while others thought they were too stringent," Mr Hanna said.
MINI wind turbines are being installed on major buildings in central Adelaide as part of the State Government's push for renewable energy.
Five have been commissioned with the first already in place on top of the State Administration Centre, which includes the office of Premier Mike Rann.
They will be trialled over the next 12 months and if successful the State Government will approve another 20 for government buildings.
AGL Energy expressed doubt about the future of its proposed $800 million wind farm in Victoria because of a collapse in the price of Australia's renewable energy certificates.
The value of the certificates, aimed at encouraging investment in renewable energy, has almost halved since the Australian government began issuing them to consumers who install solar hot water systems and other products that do not generate power.
The Victorian government says its renewable energy targets are still on track despite plans to dump a financially unviable $140 million wind turbine farm.
AGL Energy Limited has officially abandoned plans to build the 48 turbine Dollar Wind Farm in Victoria's southeast, 10 months after placing its application on indefinite hold.
AGL cited financial concerns with the project.
"Even considering the current and any future emissions trading environment, the economics of the project are less compelling as compared with other projects under investment consideration by AGL," the company said in a statement.
Australia's largest retail energy supplier AGL Energy has snapped up the development rights for a second wind farm in South Australia.
The rights to build the 71 megawatt (MW) wind farm at Hallett Hill have been acquired from Wind Prospect for an undisclosed sum.
AGL Energy has backed away from its controversial $140 million wind farm proposal for Victoria’s east.
A company spokeswoman has confirmed the planning process for its 48-turbine Dollar Wind Farm proposal had been placed on indefinite hold.
The project was opposed by residents of southern Gippsland, but company spokeswoman Jane Counsel yesterday said the move was a business decision.
Australia's biggest retail energy provider AGL has bought the rights to develop another wind farm in South Australia.
The 71-megawatt farm will be located just 20 kilometres from AGL's Hallett Hill wind farm being built in the state's mid north.
The company aims to put 34 wind turbines on the new site, which could be up and running by 2009.
Energy retailer AGL has ended more than three years of community-led litigation over the proposed development of its $180 million Hallett 3 (Mt Bryan) wind farm by shelving its approved plans for the site.
The federal government and the wind energy industry have reached agreement on a national code of practice for wind farms, which will ensure local communities have a say in future developments.
That follows a heated round table between wind industry representatives and the government which Environment Minister Ian Campbell said featured displays of anger and hostility.
WHILE a stick-figure army of windmills is set to invade the landscape thanks to the State Government's new renewable energy policy, there is growing evidence that wind power will have little impact on the greenhouse crisis.
The transition to inefficient, unreliable and expensive wind turbine energy production is occurring throughout the shires of the Hume electorate at an alarming rate-a rate that is preventing landholders and communities from taking stock of the full implications these industrial wind turbine developments will have on their families, their neighbours and their communities.
The All Black Anton Oliver has expressed his opposition to the building of the world's biggest wind farm on the Lammermoor Range, near Ranfurly.
Meridian Energy is seeking consent for a $2 billion wind farm named Project Hayes.
Oliver appeared at a resource consent hearing in Alexandra on Tuesday, in an effort to stop the wind farm being built. In a detailed submission which took almost an hour to deliver, he outlined overseas evidence he says shows wind farms increase the cost of electricity to the consumer.
He said the proposed wind farm was less about energy for New Zealanders and more about cheap power for international conglomerates, citing a cement factory due to be built by Holcim in the area.
Oliver told the hearing the Resource Management Act is toothless and was not designed to deal with issues such as wind farms.
He also cast doubt on the carbon credit scheme Meridian says will help offset the cost of the $2 billion project, saying it has run a deliberate campaign to deceive the public.
Moving from manicured rugby field to the wind-blasted hills of Central Otago, All Black Anton Oliver is lending his muscle to a campaign against a proposed $2b wind farm.
Oliver will make a detailed submission against Meridian Energy's 176-turbine Lammermore Range wind farm, called Project Hayes, at a resource consent hearing on Tuesday.
Acciona lodged an appeal with the Supreme Court, after the Environment Resources and Development Court upheld an objection to the proposed wind farm on the basis of visual amenity.