Articles from Australia / New Zealand

Windfarm up in the air

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.
16 Jan 2021

Experts probe if wind farms affect sleep

Dr Micic said the latest study aimed to comprehensively review published evidence regarding the impact of wind turbine noise on the most widely accepted objective and subjective measures of sleep time and quality. ..."Nevertheless, the available self-report data appeared to support that insomnia severity, sleep quality and daytime sleepiness can be impacted by wind turbine noise exposure in comparison to quiet background noise."
13 Dec 2020

Dundonnell wind farm gets green light to expand, loose bolts blamed for blade fall

Last month, Dundonnell was also hit by a fallen blade at one of its Vestas turbines, which brought production across the wind farm to a halt for a few days as the cause was investigated. Campbell says it is clear that the blade fell because bolts holding it to the hub became loose, but the question of why those bolts became loose is still under investigation.
9 Nov 2020

Blade falls from Dundonnell Wind Farm turbine, launching investigation

The blade fell around 8.30pm and the company has since removed all turbines from operation while an investigation of the damage occurs. "A root cause analysis will be completed in conjunction with the wind turbine manufacturer, Vestas, which will inform the assurance process on the other turbines prior to these being returned to service," Mr Campbell said.
6 Oct 2020

Supreme Court upholds Council decision; Bald Hills wind farm loses its appeal

Dr Smith’s conclusion was: It is clear from the investigation that noise from the wind farm is audible within residences although there are noise monitoring reports stating that there is compliance by the wind farm with permit conditions and the New Zealand Standard 1998, and with a noise mitigation strategy in place at the wind farm. The noise was clearly audible in Mr Zakula’s dwelling at night time twice and in the Jelbart residence at night time twice and this is held to be unreasonable in both cases. 
27 Aug 2020

Keep turbines out of farms’ way

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.
24 Aug 2020

Why most Aboriginal people have little say over clean energy projects planned for their land

The Asian Renewable Energy Hub is planning to erect wind turbines and solar arrays across 6,500 square kilometres of land. But, like with other renewable energy mega projects, this land is subject to Aboriginal rights and interests — known as the Indigenous Estate. While renewable energy projects are essential for transitioning Australia to a zero-carbon economy, they come with a caveat: most traditional owners in Australia have little legal say over them.
10 Aug 2020

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