Articles from Australia

Daniel Andrews’ wind farm plan will add to bird deaths

And if the federal process works, not a single turbine will ever start slaughtering birds at Dundonnell. ...The (state-based) environmental effects study which gave the project the green light was a joke. Birds in general will be cut down by the turbines. They do end up turning occasionally; indeed when they really get going they can be very efficient bird killers.
26 Jul 2016

Josh Frydenberg’s new power struggle written on the wind

If Frydenberg does not give EPBC approval for Dundonnell he can expect a fiery backlash and accusations of turning his back on renewables and new economy jobs. If he does give EPBC approval Frydenberg will be accused of grand-scale environmental vandalism against the Victorian brolga, which is listed as threatened and nests at the proposed wind farm site.
23 Jul 2016

Business blows up as turbines suck more power than they generate

Wind turbines in South Australia were using more power than they generated during the state’s electricity crisis, which has prompted major businesses to threaten shutdowns and smaller firms to consider moving interstate. The sapping of power by the turbines during calm weather on July 7 at the height of the crisis, which has caused a price surge, shows just how unreliable and intermittent wind power is for a state with a renewable energy mix of more than 40 per cent.
20 Jul 2016

High South Australia energy prices hit Arrium hard

Rising energy prices fuelled by South Australia's ambitious renewable energy target  have helped send stricken Whyalla steelmaker Arrium cap in hand to governments seeking $150 million-plus in taxpayer aid. Higher energy prices may have added as much as $12 million to Arrium's annual costs, with rising gas prices and South Australia's wind and solar power among the main culprits. 
29 Jun 2016

Prices swing wildly as renewable use rises

"[South Australia] has moved so far ahead of the rest of Australia in terms of changes of generation", with a prominent role for renewable energy which has forced the closure of coal-fired power stations, he said. "Not only are they paying through the nose for their electricity, but with large price declines last year, and now the big rises this year – you can't get stability in household budgets.
16 Jun 2016

Infigen Energy exploring options to realise value

Infigen, which has a market cap of $664 million, said it was "exploring a range of options" but advised there was no certainty a transaction would eventuate. Mr George said the company had approached underbidders in the recent sale of Pacific Hydro, a deal said to be worth $3.2 billion. 
17 May 2016

Portland wind farm rift between families before Nathan Lovett-Murray’s uncle died, correspondence shows

Claims have emerged that Mr Saunders was subjected to a terrifying campaign of retribution after giving evidence ­alleging corruption in approvals for wind farms around Portland. Mr Saunders said his family had been subjected to duress and that he now wants a full investigation in to why he wasn’t protected after speaking out.
28 Apr 2016

Collateral Damage, Engineering Ethics and Wind Farms

It’s time to stop denying that wind farm noise causes adverse health effects in some people. It’s insulting to sufferers to be accused of only suffering from a “nocebo” effect. Everyone who is adversely affected by wind farm operations deserves to be heard and deserves adequate compensation, which should include an offer to purchase their property at a fair price.
19 Apr 2016

Wind farm court challenge

A rule change that allows the Planning Minister Richard Wynne to bypass planning panels and advertisements on amendments to approved wind farms could soon be challenged in the Supreme Court. A group has filed an originating motion with the court over ministerial changes to the Victorian Planning Provisions. 
19 Apr 2016

Wind funds used to buy neighbours’ silence

But landowners who have been offered upfront payments of $25,000 and $8000 a year say they have been told to keep the existence of the contract and its details secret. Sue Dean said she had been given to the end of this month to sign an agreement with WestWind, but had decided to blow the whistle instead.
29 Mar 2016

Bedroom study on wind farm impacts

"This is a hotly debated area, with many residents convinced that their health is suffering and other people sure that it's all a figment of their imagination. There is a genuine scientific question here that needs to be solved definitely so we can inform both the public and public policy."
22 Mar 2016

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