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The owner of WA's second-biggest wind farm has confirmed it is considering offloading the asset in a bid to cut its bulging $1 billion debt mountain. It gave no details about the fate of its only WA asset, the 90 megawatt wind farm near Walkaway 30km south-east of Geraldton.
Mid-Western Regional Council is expected to formally object to the Crudine Ridge Wind Farm development on the grounds that the current road network is incapable of carrying traffic expected during construction of the towers.
A proposed 220-turbine wind farm three kilometres outside Penshurst caused heated debate at Moyne Shire Council this week. Project objector Keith Staff, of Penshurst, made an angry submission to council on Tuesday afternoon, claiming the wind farm was too close to the community.
Ninety-two percent of SA's peak-demand electricity therefore comes from conventional coal and gas generators. "We've got more than 1000 megawatts of installed wind power sitting uselessly, their blades not turning, when demand is at its greatest," committee chair David Ridgway said.
The Development Assessment Commission has received all oral and written submissions for and against the Keyneton Wind Farm and will deliberate for the two months on whether the wind farm should, or should not, go ahead.
The international infrastructure and energy company said it had conducted several years of detailed investigations into the proposed 46 turbine wind farm, about two km's east of Allendale, and had come to the decision that the project's economics did not stack up.
A Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) hearing this week will ascertain whether a $100 million wind farm will get the go-ahead in central Victoria.
Wind planning in Victoria is in turmoil with a case before Victoria's planning tribunal revealing explosive telephone calls and emails between a senior government planning official and lawyers for a wind farm developer.
The NSW Farmers Association's first wind farm guide supposedly to help farmers make informed choices on whether to host wind turbines is an irresponsible act of partisan pro wind turbine propaganda. Lack of forensic research background on wind turbines and their impact on communities, fire fighting, neighbours of host farmers, gag clauses, litigation issues and health to name but a few is not just an oversight it is downright amateurish and lazy incompetence.
A controversial wind farm bid is under fire from dozens of local firefighters who say it could have disastrous consequences. Residents of Whiteheads Creek, east of Seymour, have dug in with Mitchell Shire Council to battle the $100 million Cherry Tree Wind Farm project in a 12-day VCAT hearing.
The validity of consents allowing Turitea Wind Farm to be built near Palmerston North has been challenged. Opponents Paul Stichbury and John Adams said board of inquiry chairwoman Shonagh Kenderdine was no longer a judge when the decision was issued. ..."She had no legal authority as a judge from that point," he said.
Prince Charles claims to have a small carbon footprint but others beg to differ...The prince offsets carbon emissions from his homes and U.K. flights with Climate Care, which invests in sustainable projects such as wind turbines in India and cleaner cooking stoves in Honduras. Foreign flights are expected to be offset as part of a governmenTo outsiders and insiders alike the way the national electricity market operates can seem one of the marvels of the universe - not only in complexity, but in the way commercial realities can be distorted. For example, who would have believed that wholesale electricity prices could be negative?t fund later this year.
Academic discussion continues as to whether a fleet of grid-connected wind farms, widely dispersed across a single grid network, can provide a reliable electricity supply. One opinion is that wide geographical dispersion of wind farms provides sufficient smoothing of the intermittent and highly variable output of individual wind farms enabling the wind farm fleet to provide for base load demand. In an examination of the 5-minute time-averaged wind farm operational data for 21 large wind farms connected to the eastern Australian grid - geographically the largest, most widely dispersed, single interconnected grid in the world (AER, ) - this paper challenges that opinion. The conclusion of this paper is provided below. The full paper can be accessed by clicking on the link(s) at the bottom of this page.
The fall in value of the world's major renewable energy companies has mirrored the faltering practical actions from the world's major economies to make deep and speedy cuts to carbon dioxide emissions. From the peak of dashed political climate-change aspirations in Copenhagen in 2009, the value of the world's major wind and solar companies has been in free fall.
The Clean Energy Council says a delay in finalising new guidelines for wind farms in New South Wales is forcing investors to look to other states for opportunities. It is a year since the New South Wales Government put draft guidelines out for community consultation.
Hydro Tasmania chief executive Roy Adair said local support was essential to the $2 billion project which would entail a 600-megawatt and 200-turbine development on King Island.
"We don't think that any economic or social benefits that would come from the development of the wind farm would outweigh those potential adverse impacts on the landscape or the wilderness values of the area."
A company hired to do line work on a Makara wind farm had failed to get the relevant information on safely using a machine, which later toppled killing one man and seriously injuring another.
"At the moment we do seem to be going in circles, there is the consultation that is happening," he said. "Overall we just need to know I think whether ratepayers that are for it and those that are going to be a turbine host and approve of it, they just want to know an outcome.
Yorke Peninsula farmers have warned that wind farms in their region will reduce its productivity and disrupt their best firefighting weapon. A group of more than 90 farmers have called for a moratorium on all wind farm applications until a cost-benefit analysis is conducted and concerns addressed.