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The renewable energy industry is celebrating the ascension of Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister on hopes that he may lead the Coalition towards policies more supportive of the sector. ...However, Mr Turnbull's early statements have been in favour of retaining the Government's current climate change policies.
Senator John Madigan of Australia, used parliamentary privilege ton deliver this speech ao the floor of the Australian Senate. In his speech, he explains the corrupt system of wind farm noise assessments. He singled out international noise consultants Marshall Day (MDA) and its consultant Christophe Delaire, who has been involved in more than 50 wind farm projects.
The solution was “somewhere in the sensible centre”. The debate needed to move away from “two groups of people shouting at each other” and recognise that humans were not prepared to give up economic gains for environment outcomes. He said meeting the renewable energy component of the emissions commitment would require the equivalent of 250 40MW solar facilities to be built in a relatively short period.
These documents, secured under the Australian Right to Information (RTI) Act, reveal that warnings from the Queensland Government's own noise expert were not provided to the public or passed on to the Planning Department or the Minister for Planning to inform the wind turbine siting process. Dr Antoine David, the noise expert in the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection provided his superiors with a list of nine points of concern regarding the draft Wind Farm Code. The list of his concerns is provided below and can also be found on page 7 of the attached document. A RTI request revealed that, despite making his concerns known within his department, Dr. David's findings were not forwarded to the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, the department responsible for developing the current draft (version 2) of the Wind Farm Code.
Lawyers for Dr Laurie have threatened action against wind industry employees Ken McAlpine, formerly from Vestas, Ketan Joshi from Infigen and Fairfax Media over a tweet first posted by Mr McAlpine in March last year. Professor Chapman, who is not a medical practitioner, repeated the tweet,
The new offer of cash grants to landowners within two kilometres of a turbine (but not hosting them) was in response to an issue raised consistently during consultation – that only host landowners were paid. The grant to neighbours was considered "a more fair arrangement", Mr Van Zyl said. The money would come from a proposed community benefit fund, which Trustpower was proposing to split, half for community grants and half for the neighbour cash payments.
Three landowners who no longer want wind turbines on their properties will be excluded from the Flyers Creek wind farm project if a modified proposal is accepted. Infigen Energy is about to lodge an application with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment to reduce the 42-turbine proposal between Orange and Blayney by five turbines.
“I listened to their concerns with a growing sense of unease as they documented a litany of failures by government and the wind industry to address, or even acknowledge, what seemed like genuine issues,” Mr Leyonhjelm said in the Senate about the final report. ...The federal government has agreed to appoint a national wind farm commissioner, and said it would look into the rest of the findings of the final report.
Misleading documents, environmental concerns, questionable research techniques and health and noise issues were among the points raised by angry community members and environmental experts at the Dundonnell Wind Farm Project Public Hearing on Tuesday night.
Concerns regarding wildlife, noise, loss of native vegetation and road impacts of a proposed $650 million wind farm near Mortlake were outlined at a public hearing on Tuesday.
The Australian Senate Select Committee on Wind Turbines, which was established in December 2014, released this final report based on a considerable volume of evidence collected from testimonies around the country and beyond. The committee received written and verbal evidence from State Governments, local councils, various federal government agencies, wind farm operators and manufacturers, country fire authorities, acousticians, medical experts and representatives from various associations and institutes. In addition, many private citizens had the opportunity to voice their concerns with the planning, consultation, approval, development and operation of wind farms in Australia. The recommendations from both the interim and final reports are provided below. The full reports, both final and interim, can be accessed by clicking the links on this page. In addition, a minority, dissenting report is included.
The Abbott government should draw up national rules restricting how wind farms are built and operated and punish states that do not accept them, a Senate committee has urged. In its final report published on Monday evening, the committee puts forward a range a measures to curb wind farms, including recommendations to reduce support for projects under the national renewable energy target.
A Senate committee wants the government to establish a panel of independent experts to set standards and monitor the health effects of noise from wind farms, problems that health authorities say do not exist. ...Committee members heard from several people who live near wind turbines who complained of a variety of health effects including tinnitus, raised blood pressure, heart palpitations, tachycardia, stress, anxiety, vertigo, dizziness, nausea, blurred vision and fatigue.
In its recommendations, the committee says renewable energy subsidies for new wind farms should be limited to five years from more than 20. It also wants the issue of renewable energy certificates restricted to projects in states that adopt federal regulations on infrasound and low frequency noise.
“The truly bizarre decision ... constitutes a massive absolutely massive hit on consumers and on jobs because to move to 50 per cent renewables by 2030 will mean a massive bill, perhaps $60 billion or more, that will have to be carried by the consumers of Australia,” he said.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten knew he was on to a winner when he declared his backing of a 50 per cent target for renewable energy in Australia by 2030 ...But many questions remain: is such a plan feasible, what's the cost and what's the best way to reach the goal? And how far will it go to cutting greenhouse gas emissions and limiting climate change? That after all, is why Australia and the rest of the world must cut fossil-fuel use.
An Australian state-owned electricity firm will defy Prime Minister Tony Abbott and seek funding for a new wind farm hub from the government's Clean Energy Finance Corp (CEFC), adding to uncertainty in the country's No. 2 clean energy sector.
After cutting the country's Renewable Energy Target by a fifth a month ago, Abbott took the green power industry by surprise by ordering the government's A$10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to stop investing in wind farms, the country's No. 2 clean energy source behind hydropower.
The German study suggests the impact of very low frequency noise on some people is poorly understood. Scientists in Japan reported last year that it showed the brains of Japanese wind turbine workers could not achieve a relaxed state. A study of 45 people by Tehran University said “despite all the good benefits of wind turbines, it can be stated that this technology has health risks for all those exposed to its sound.”
The government's latest strike against wind is expected to further scare renewable energy investors away from Australia. "While the CEFC exists, what we believe it should be doing is investing in new and emerging technologies, certainly not existing wind farms," Mr Abbott said.