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Commission comes down against wind turbine changes

In its findings released today, the Commission declared the application for modification of the original approval was “inconsistent with the intent and spirit of the Draft NSW Planning Guidelines....the application, if approved, would have significant visual impact on the non-associated residences and the proposed vegetation screening would not be able to mitigate the impact on all affected residences to an acceptable level.”
3 Oct 2014

Farmer rejects wind turbines - and $30,000 carrot

Mrs Garry's husband John died in April. She said while he considered hosting wind farm infrastructure; he eventually rejected them. "They are just hideous. The government is paying subsidies, if they don't pay, if they pull the rug, the turbines will be left here to rust."
30 Sep 2014

Moyne councillor slams Macarthur wind farm noise review

In a fiery address to the council’s meeting on Tuesday night, Cr Jim Doukas refused to accept a peer review commissioned by the shire which found company AGL was operating the 140-turbine wind farm within noise guidelines. “It is the biggest load of garbage I’ve ever read in my life and AGL should be tied to a tree and flogged with a whip,” Cr Doukas said.
25 Sep 2014

Clean energy targets reviewed

The future is unclear for landholders with existing wind turbines as the federal government considers the recommendations of a review into the Renewable Energy Target scheme. The review recommends a halt to the scheme it claims is costing taxpayers $422 billion in industry subsidies.
15 Sep 2014

Acciona wind farms on hold over RET uncertainty

A western Victorian renewable energy company says recommendations from a review of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) have increased uncertainty about the industry's future. The report proposes options including abolishing the target by 2030 or closing the scheme to new entrants.
1 Sep 2014

Australia’s wind turbines may stop spinning as banks foreclose

While wind farms in Australia can have long term power purchase agreements out to 2030, the financing arrangements are much shorter, usually around 5 years. This means that most, if not all, wind farms, will be up for refinancing in the next few years. When that happens, the major banks will review the state of the market, and are either likely to raise the price of debt, or do an “equity sweep.”
1 Sep 2014

Time for the RET to go back to its original intention

The renewable energy sector has cleverly confused the concepts of economic costs, which are the costs of the resources used to produce renewable energy, with prices. They do this to disguise the real cost impact of the RET on the economy and to make themselves a smaller political target. ...The goal of the RET was never about suppressing prices, but this is now the cause célèbre of the renewable industry.
21 Aug 2014

Cooper findings

Cooper-preliminary-findings-cape-bridgewater_thumb Acoustician, Steven Cooper, has been asked to measure noise emissions at the Cape Bridgewater wind energy facility in Australia following years of noise complaints since the project was placed in service in 2008. Mr Cooper has tested inside three homes near the wind facility over eight weeks, including a two-week shutdown of the turbines. His preliminary report can be accessed by clicking the link(s) on this page. His initial findings are provided below.
6 Aug 2014

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