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Wind farms run 'out of puff'

UPPER Lachlan Shire councillor, John Coombs, told Thursday's ordinary meeting in Gunning he believed the wind farm issue was "now dead".

He was commenting after council's director of environment and planning Richard Davies said he had just received advice from the State Planning Office that advertising for community consultation on the Cullerin wind farm was expected for publication next month.

Mr Coombs said the financial window had now closed for wind farms as the government guaranteed renewable energy tax credits would be running out in 2020.

"Wind farm developers need 20 years to recoup their investment and even if a farm is authorised now, it would take two years to build and begin generating," he said.

"This would leave just 12 years of receipts, not enough to cover the expense of establishing them."

Enlarging on his point after the meeting, Cr Coombs believed the gloss had gone off wind energy because it was seen to be too expensive and developers were finding it difficult to gain access to the electricity grid.

Mr Coombs also pointed to a report late last week that claimed the future of several proposed wind farms near Canberra was in doubt with energy supplier ActewAGL saying Federal Government interference was "nobbling the alternative... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  
He was commenting after council's director of environment and planning Richard Davies said he had just received advice from the State Planning Office that advertising for community consultation on the Cullerin wind farm was expected for publication next month.

Mr Coombs said the financial window had now closed for wind farms as the government guaranteed renewable energy tax credits would be running out in 2020.

"Wind farm developers need 20 years to recoup their investment and even if a farm is authorised now, it would take two years to build and begin generating," he said.

"This would leave just 12 years of receipts, not enough to cover the expense of establishing them."

Enlarging on his point after the meeting, Cr Coombs believed the gloss had gone off wind energy because it was seen to be too expensive and developers were finding it difficult to gain access to the electricity grid.

Mr Coombs also pointed to a report late last week that claimed the future of several proposed wind farms near Canberra was in doubt with energy supplier ActewAGL saying Federal Government interference was "nobbling the alternative energy market".

ActewAGL has two projects on the drawing board, including one at the former Woodlawn mine site near Tarago and one at Mount Spring, north of Canberra.



Source: http://goulburn.yourguide.c...

MAY 1 2006
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