Articles from Australia
Developers of a wind farm near Kojonup have blamed government uncertainty for a nearly six-month construction delay. Moonies Hill Energy’s Flat Rocks wind farm, 35km outside Kojonup, was set to begin construction in October last year.
Owners of wind and solar farms in Australia’s main National Electricity Market are being warned that they face another significant de-rating of their output as a result of the increasingly congested grid. ...Under the draft calculations for 2019/20, some wind and solar projects have been significantly derated, and face losses of output of 20 percent or more, undermining their economic viability.
An out-of-control grass fire near Ararat in western Victoria is travelling quickly towards a large wind farm, with those in the area told to leave immediately. An emergency warning was originally issued for the grass fire which has crossed the Western Highway near Buangor, but the warning was quickly downgraded to a watch and act alert.
A proposal for Australia's first offshore wind farm in Victoria's east has been significantly delayed due to a lack of regulatory framework, but the Maritime Union of Australia is accusing the Government of having a "blind hatred" for renewable energy.
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers candidate Jeff Bacon said he was firmly against the development, citing potential impacts to the region's water system, and backs calls for a hydrological study. “The site is like a sponge for water that releases into three river systems," he said.
The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has predicted as much as 5,000 megawatts of new renewable energy will be generated in the state's west by 2025. ...There is just one problem. "The current electricity lines in some parts of regional Victoria can't accept high volumes of electrical flow without becoming overheated."
The size of Australia’s biggest proposed wind farm has been scaled back by about 20 per cent, in a decision the Andrews Government says will help to protect the increasingly besieged native brolga. Brolgas are threatened every way they turn in Victoria, an environmental effects statement about the proposed Golden Plains wind farm found.
The audit was clear in its criticism of the transmission lines, saying it appeared “road safety was given only limited consideration during the planning and design.” “The cumulative risks to the public are not insignificant and will remain for many decades,” the audit said.
Several Queensland Fire and Emergency (QFES) crews attended the blaze, which ignited about 3pm. A QFES spokeswoman said crews stood by for safety in the event that it led to a grass fire.
As a result of grid connections risks, Windlab Limited (ASX: WND) has lost its only investor in Queensland. After the UK investor InfraRed Capital Partners taken away the 106-megawatt (MW) Lakeland Wind Farm project situated in the south of Cooktown, Queensland, the share price of the company took a deep downward fall.
Mr Zakula claims the constant humming drives him out of his home in the early hours of the morning to sleep in his car on the side of the road or even at his brother’s home in Melbourne. “It’s becoming unbearable and … I’m not, I don’t know what I’m going to do,” Mr Zakula told A Current Affair while he prepared his car for bed.
Below is the transcript of a news report produced by the Australian show "A Current Affair" that discusses the difficulty of living in proximity to a commercial wind energy facility. The show is only available from within Australia. The website https://stopthesethings.com/ posted the information.
More than 100 Crystal Brook residents are expected to speak out against a $65 million wind, solar and battery proposal for regional South Australia that would include Australia's tallest turbines.
The Victorian Government has changed the rules around the testing of wind turbine noise at all new wind farm developments. The new regulations follow an unsatisfactory independent audit of wind turbines at the Lal Lal Wind Farm, which is under construction near Ballarat.
“While the approval of wind farms go through a rigorous statutory planning permit process administered by the Minister for Planning, communities are questioning the strategic approach to wind farms in terms of social, economic and environmental impacts,” it says.
Wind Energy Partners say the delay is the result of extra studies on the project’s visual and noise impacts, which have been undertaken in response to community concerns. Meanwhile, the Hills of Gold Preservation group met in Nundle on Thursday night, to highlight a number of concerns regarding the 98-turbine project.
The French-owned renewable energy developer Neoen says there is a risk that wind farms in South Australia could face a class action suit over the state-wide blackout in September, 2016. The risk was cited in Neoen’s documentation for its upcoming initial public offering, where it will seek to raise $A850 million in a share market float.
A class-action lawsuit is being planned against a local council, the Victorian government and a wind farm operator after an independent review accepted resident complaints that noise from a Gippsland wind farm was causing them harm.
Noise from a wind farm in Victoria's Gippsland is having an adverse impact on the comfort and wellbeing of residents living at surrounding properties, a new report commissioned by a local council has found.
A “termination for convenience” clause has been written into contracts for three new wind farms and three new solar farms selected under a reverse auction scheme as part of the Andrews government’s ambitious state renewable energy target.