Impact on Landscape and Australia / New Zealand
The Environment Court's verdict to annul the proposed wind farm comprising 176-turbine at Lammermoor Range worth $2 billion has been objected to by the Meridian Energy. The Company has raised an appeal with the High Court, which has been consented.
On Monday, the Environment Court was urged by Justices John Fogarty and Lester Chisholm to rethink about the issue of wind farm by taking in view the additional proofs.
Contact Energy could face opposition to its proposed route for power pylons connecting the country's largest wind farm to the national grid.
The company wants to put up to 218 wind turbines along a 40km stretch of coast between Raglan and Port Waikato. ...The plan has received support from farmers and local iwi, but the path of the pylons is more contentious.
Franklin District councillor, Lionel Petterson, says the community is concerned about the environmental impact of another row of pylons in the area.
Opposition planning spokesman Matthew Guy said yesterday the Liberal Nationals Coalition would protect the state's greatest natural assets from wind farms.
"The State Government's emphatic promise to defend our iconic natural assets from wind facilities is in tatters with the revelation that Acciona Energy has been allowed to build a $50 million 15-turbine wind farm on the doorstep of the Twelve Apostles and the Great Ocean Road," Mr Guy said.
Opponents of a 37-turbine wind farm proposed to be built on Te Waka Range, west of Napier, say it will have significant adverse effects on the environment and the visual landscape.
The Environment Court is considering evidence from three organisations including local iwi opposed to the wind farm.
It would provide sufficient power for 50,000 households.
Counsel for the Outstanding Landscape Preservation Society says the site is within an area considered an outstanding natural landscape.
Mathew McClelland says the turbines will dominate and disrupt the visual landscape and compromise the range's integrity.
He says the benefits of wind power are undeniable but it is totally inappropriate to put turbines on the top of the range as they will appear as a clutter of mechanical structures.
The proposed Stockyard Hill Wind Farm will require further environmental studies to determine the impact of local wildlife.
Last week the Federal Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts announced that Origin Energy’s proposed Stockyard Hill wind farm could have significant impact on protected species and communities. ...The decision will require further environmental studies be conducted to assess the severity of impact on native species and communities protected under the EPBC Act, such as migratory birds and critically endangered Natural Temperate Grassland of the Victorian Volcanic Plains.
The green light to build the world's biggest wind farm in Central Otago hinges on consent hearings which got underway on Monday.
Meridian Energy wants to erect more than 170 giant turbines many as tall as a 45-storey building in an area opponents say is too beautiful to be spoiled.