Articles from Australia

Shire, state must act on turbine noise

The shire council must finally acknowledge that the neighbours of the Bald Hills Wind Farm, their own ratepayers, have a legitimate gripe under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act and support them in their attempts to get redress from the operator and the State Government. And the State Government must finally admit that it allowed the turbines to be sited too close to the existing farm houses for them not to cause a noise nuisance.
11 Sep 2018

Turbine bombshell

The report by Mr Smith, an expert in public health follows a botched attempt by the shire to investigate the complaints itself between May and November 2016, after which the shire produced a finding of “no nuisance” in January 2017 before telling the affected property owners that the case was closed in April 2017. But it wasn’t closed and the complainants took Supreme Court action to get a proper investigation. The matter is due to go back to the Supreme Court on November 26, two days after the next state election.
11 Sep 2018

Beginning of the end for subsidised renewables

Without subsidies and the ongoing presence of backup power based on fossil-fuel generation, the outlook for more renewable energy in Australia is extremely uncertain. Indeed, without the intervention of governments, the salad days for renewable energy will quickly fade, something the sector understands. That’s why the energy policy debate is so important to them — and to all of us.
31 Aug 2018

Mystery why Bald Hills’ turbines stopped spinning

But Mr Arthur said the problem was onsite, not off-site and the result of any problem with the transmission infrastructure or substation. “There may be issues with warranties and the like and I don’t want to go into it at this stage except to say we hope it’s right by sometime next week (this week),” he said last Thursday.
16 Aug 2018

Energy: Addicted to Waffle and Disaster

Like dogs with a taste for worrying sheep, politicians are addicted to continuing their destructive interventions in energy supply.  And they have created an endless supply of officials and vested interests who will tell them how they can vary those interventions but they have little stomach for disengaging and allowing the market the freedom to operate without regulations and guidance.
18 Jul 2018

The struggle for power

A report by the National Wind Farm Commissioner acknow­ledges the history of community division, unfair contracts, inadequate communication, potential conflicts of interest and disregard for complaints of human suffering. The Wind Farm Commissioner set out a road map for how the industry could clean up its act. And the renewables industry insists that lessons have been learned.
11 Apr 2018

Wind turbine noise exposure proven a ‘pathway to disease’

In its summary, and with unanimous support from relevant experts, AAT found that there were numerous recorded instances of wind turbine noise exceeding 40 dB(A) — a recognized threshold for annoyance/sleep disturbance. “Even if it is not audible, low-frequency noise and infrasound may have other effects on the human body, which are not mediated by hearing but also not fully understood,” the summary reads.
1 Mar 2018

Corporate giant AGL has stepped in to address community concerns about a proposed Willatook wind farm

The residents called on AGL to “fix” existing problems at Macarthur, such as deteriorating roads, before launching into a new project. Resident Jacinta Coffey said the area was “becoming a dumping ground for wind energy” and it was "unfair” to the community with more than 240 wind turbines to be built in Hawkesdale and surrounding areas. 
20 Feb 2018

Currandooley fire's first anniversary sparks reflection

Dr Crawford says one of the main issues is what the RFS and State Government is “doing or not doing about wind farms.” “There is a real question about how fireprone wind farms are to areas,” he said. “There is research to show that the atmosphere close to the ground (near windfarms) changes temperature, bringing down warmer air and affecting moisture content in vegetation growth.
17 Jan 2018

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