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Developers of a planned sprawling Gippsland windfarm with turbines among the tallest in the country have sought an independent panel to assess and approve the project. ...Objectors claim the 250m turbines pose a fire risk and may hamper the efforts of water bombing and retardantspraying aircraft in the blazeprone part of Victoria.
Australia’s biggest wind farm is now all but mechanically complete. The last of the 149 turbines at the 530MW Stockyard Hill facility in central Victoria has been installed, three substations are complete and energised, and yet – more than one year after the original timetable – the facility is not producing power.
The company behind a planned wind farm on Brown Mountain has suspended the development claiming continuing global uncertainty due to the coronavirus. The news came as somewhat of a relief for residents in the area, who have been campaigning against the development for more than three years.
Fines totalling $26,640 have been issued to a NSW windfarm for failing to meet environmental approval conditions.
The Robbins Island wind farm is the epitome of bad planning. Environmentally, it is placed in the middle of an important bird habitat. It proposes a private bridge and causeway across a sandy channel, more than 1400m long, and destroys one of the great vistas of the North-West coast. It also relies on a 170km long high voltage transmission line, across forest and farmland. It is directed to a group of dams that should be dedicated to hydro irrigation.
Police are investigating an incident at the proposed Delburn wind farm in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, after a meteorological mast installed at the site was vandalised, causing it to collapse.
But the 20-tonne, 68-metre-long turbine blades were too big to move around many of the corners on rural roads. The team had no choice but to tackle the busy Great Western Highway over the Blue Mountains and then down the steep Victoria Pass, Mr Andrews said.
Energy output has flatlined at Queensland’s biggest wind farm with no electricity sent to the grid for more than a week straight. The Mount Emerald Wind Farm has not produced a kilowatt of power since Monday last week – and it was a similar story earlier in the month.
Tilt Renewables warns of hit to earnings after massive Dundonnell wind farm faces commissioning delays, company cites “insufficient clarity” from AEMO.
Goldwind Australia took the reins on the Dalveen-based project in early 2018, which first became a realisation under the stewardship of Brisbane-based businessman Tim Lucas. Since the takeover, there has no been no news on when or if the project will go ahead. More damning still, there’s no trace of the project on Goldwind Australia’s website which lists their projects that are in operation, construction or planning phases.
About 200 workers are in limbo after work on Australia's largest wind farm arm stalled, with the company responsible for installing the 126 turbines suffering "frustrating" delays securing a Queensland d building licence.
Forest Wind, the proposed wind farm project to be built between Maryborough and Gympie, already has opposition from some Fraser Coast residents.
Plans to build a huge wind farm in Victorias Latrobe Valley, overlooking the site of the now closed Hazelwood coal-fired power station, have been revised down again, from 35 turbines to a total of 33.
OSMI released a revised design for the Delburn Wind Farm last week, which reduced the number of turbines a second time.
Here in Renewables-World downunder, most people don’t know the grid has barely scraped through the last two weeks. We almost lost an Aluminium smelter, came close to a statewide blackout and South Australia is (possibly) still islanded from the rest of the National Grid. The AEMO held a crisis meeting yesterday but this trouble started Friday week ago in what was described as a “white knuckle event” by energy analyst, Paul McArdle at WattClarity.
Production stoppages at wind farms with a collective capacity of more than 900 megawatts have added to problems plaguing renewable energy ventures in the National Electricity Market, due to grid bottlenecks and instability.
Now it has issued new operating guidelines, warning that the imports from Victoria via the remaining Murraylink connector will be constrained to zero, and 23 different wind, solar and gas generators could be constrained to zero output if South Australia’s minimum demand falls below 800MW. ...This highlights the fact that rooftop solar is largely uncontrolled by AEMO, and so it is the large scale renewable installations that have to make way. In this situation, it is causing a headache for the grid operator, and it underlines why AEMO has been pushing for new measures and mechanisms that allows it to have some sort of control over the output of rooftop solar, now totalling more than 10GW in Australia on more than 2.2 million rooftops.
The State Planning Commission hosted a public forum in Eudunda on December 4 for members of the community interested in understanding more about the proposed changes to the renewable energy policies in the new planning system. The session provided an opportunity to understand how existing renewable energy policies are being updated in the Planning and Design Code to keep pace with new and more efficient energy infrastructure.
It’s good to know that wind turbine blades are a bird’s best friend, or something like that. I’m citing “fun facts” on the website of Synergy, Western Australia’s state-owned electricity generator. Synergy operations include half a dozen WA wind farms, mostly coastal. Synergy claims, correctly, that its fun facts “may blow your mind.” Fun Fact No. 9 is illustrated with a pic of Sesame Street’s Big Bird, pop-eyed with delight about wind turbines’ blade-and-splatter prospects. The caption reads (author’s emphasis)
Renewable energy advocates have been left disappointed after a proposed wind farm on the NSW Southern Tablelands was rejected because of the visual impact on residents.