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A $450 million deal to build Australia's third-largest wind farm marks the "first green shoots" of a revival in the clean energy industry after this week's passage in the Senate of a reduced renewable energy target (RET).
There are concerns the Federal Government will introduced new rules with its RET to reflect Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s personal dislike of turbines. ...One trade-off in talks with crossbenchers has been the appointment of a wind farm commissioner and an ombudsman to investigate wind farms’ possible impacts on health.
Wind farm permit work costs Moyne Shire Council 15 times more than it receives in application fees paid by energy companies, a Senate committee heard yesterday. State standard fees for major projects set a $16,130 maximum that councils can charge a proponent, yet Moyne has calculated the full costs are closer to $250,000.
What disturbs me about this is that, as the inquiry has heard, wind farms are not required to limit or even monitor their infrasound emissions. And unless something changes, it is absolutely certain that tens of thousands of people who live within a few kilometres of these new turbines will become sick. Some argue the evidence linking wind turbines to adverse health effects is too tenuous to warrant action. It is true that it is not yet well understood. Nonetheless, there is already quite a lot of evidence and it is building.
Joseph Wheatley analysed the output of 256 generators connected to the national electricity market last year. His research, funded by private individuals through the Association for Research of Renewable Energy in Australia, found that while wind provided 4.5 per cent of national electricity generation, it reduced emissions by only 3.5 per cent.
“We’ve got 2,500 people living within five kilometres,” said TWTA spokeswoman Lee Schwerdtfeger. “We’ve got people in other states reporting major problems out to 10 kilometres, so that’s to do with sleep and all sorts of health issues. It’s just too big for an area that’s as intensively farmed as ours.”
Acciona Australia has complained to police about people shooting at its Waubra wind turbines. The operator said turbines at the Waubra Wind Farm had been shot at within the last two months.
A renewable energy group has labelled the loss of more than 900 jobs from the sector in WA "extremely disappointing". Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showed the number of full-time jobs in the industry in WA had dropped from 1,740 in 2011/12 to 820 in 2013/14.
Life near turbines is hell, according to a panel of south-west property owners who have battled against wind farms for the best part of a decade. ...“The number of deformed lambs increased over the period of the wind farm operating near our property. The lambing rate in our merino stock decreased to a rate of 37 per cent from 85 per cent prior to the wind farms being established.”
Construction of the 63 turbine wind energy facility will occur in the areas of Concongella, Bulgana, Great Western, Joel Joel and Joel South. The individual turbines will be between two MW and four MW capacity each, with the overall construction cost estimated at $465 million.
Some 44 Australian windfarm projects, about half overseas-funded, have been shelved since a new conservative government said it wanted to cut state support for the industry a year ago, with investors and operators saying they are considering either downscaling or leaving the country altogether if it succeeds.
A pilot study into wind farm noise and residents' reactions to it has identified a special noise signature that could give new insights for medical research, the study's lead author says. Researchers, commissioned by Pacific Hydro, took sound measurements near the company's Cape Bridgewater wind farm, in south-west Victoria, which has been operating for six years.
The Newman Government has ruled out making a decision on the Mt Emerald wind farm before the developer’s deadline at the end of the month. Wind farm director John Morris had extended his initial deadline of December 19 to January 30 for the government to make a decision on the $380 million Tableland project.
Renewable-energy generator Infigen Energy is adding to the mystery of Lake George near Canberra, saying a rare breakdown on one of its turbines seven months ago, causing it to be partially disassembled, is still under investigation.
The Summit urged the government to keep forcing consumers to give money to the industry so that it could continue to employ people and finance campaigns that undermine the economy. With a product that cannot possibly be competitive without massive subsidies, it is understandable that the renewables sector would target a great deal of their expenditure on marketing to the political actors and into tv ads.
Historians of the US-Australia relationship are unable to nominate a case of a visiting president making such a hostile speech for the host government. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has accused Mr Obama of speaking in ignorance about the joint plans by the federal and Queensland governments to act to preserve the Great Barrier Reef.
Among the factors directing Hydro's decision were "changing economic conditions" including a high Australian dollar, that had increased capital costs by some $150 million since the project was first proposed in 2012. Revenue projections had also taken a blow from declining demand on the national grid, Mr Davy said.
Gullen Range Wind Farm (GRWF) are mounting a fight back against orders that they move nine turbines to sites listed in the original approval.
The King Island community should know by early next year if their remote Bass Strait home will also become home to the biggest wind farm in the southern hemisphere.
The technology's evolution in the capital region has been a beacon for developers amid a federal government review of the Renewable Energy Target. But it's also divided politicians and residents with federal treasurer Joe Hockey dubbing farms in the Lake George area "utterly offensive" and a "blight on the landscape".