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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.
“This is basically giving the minister powers to allow for changes without going to a panel hearing,” Ms Kearns said. “We might not even be given an avenue for appeal.” Ms Kearns, she was concerned about wind farms close to people’s homes.
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.
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.
Putting money into investigating possible health effects of infrasound was consistent with previous National Health and Medical Research Council recommendations, said the environment minister, Greg Hunt. ...“A reasonable exercise for the government is to ... investigate the matter,” the prime minister told reporters.
National Health and Medical Research Council defends decision after grants attacked as waste of time An Australian research council has given two grants worth $3.3m to research the impact of wind turbines on human health despite concluding last year there was no evidence turbine noise was harmful.
"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."
“One of the biggest reasons that natural gas, oil, and coal are the world’s most-used energy resources is because they are incredibly reliable,” Daniel Simmons, vice president for policy at IER, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “By the same token, wind struggles to compete with conventional fuels because it is inherently unreliable.”
Silverton resident Helen Murray said she was concerned that the development would put a damper on tourism. ..."Most of them [tourists] that I've spoken to and certainly a number of other people have said these people are absolutely horrified, and that they wouldn't come back to Silverton," she said.
A public hearing has been told a proposed wind farm in the New South Wales central tablelands has been so divisive it has destroyed the fabric of the local community.
AGL Energy's plan for a $2 billion-$3 billion fund to develop renewable energy projects has triggered doubts in the market as to whether potential partners will be able to stomach the risks involved. The Sydney-based retailing giant has pointed to Australian infrastructure funds as its most likely co-investors in the Powering Australian Renewables Fund, which its chief executive Andy Vesey unveiled at the interim earnings on Wednesday.
Australia's first-ever wind farm commissioner experienced his first grilling by a Senate committee on Monday, with his $205,000 annual salary for three years confirmed by the environment department. Mr Dyer's aim is to improve complaint handling by state regulators and other stakeholders to a level that renders his role futile.
A year after the New South Wales Government rejected a wind farm in southern New South Wales, it has recommended it be given the go-ahead but the number of turbines would be almost halved.
The confidence that everyone had expected to return to the renewable energy sector following the demise of Tony Abbott, is yet to come to fruition. Investors spent just $15 million since February 2014 on big wind, solar or other clean energy projects that were not otherwise supported by government programs.
Investment in large-scale renewable energy in Australia remains stagnant almost two years after the Abbott government began a review of the sector, according to an annual survey by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Investors spent just $15 million since February 2014 on big wind, solar or other clean energy projects.
“If wind farms are all they’re cracked up to be, SA power prices would be half what they are and the state would be making a fortune exporting electricity to the other states,” he said. “But it isn’t, wind turbine owners might be making a fortune but wind power is costing SA families a fortune. It is a con.”
South Australia has increasing reliance on wind as a power crisis looms. The national energy market regulator has warned that South Australia is likely to face continued price volatility and “significantly lower” electricity availability with the retirement of two gas and coal power stations and an increased reliance on wind.
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Opponents of the Mt Emerald Wind Farm claim expert advice was ignored before the $380 million project was approved by the Queensland Government. The Tablelands Wind Turbine Action group has demanded an emergency meeting with the government to discuss why expert advice about potentially harmful effects of wind turbines was “withheld”.