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Energy growth 'at risk'

A wind energy lobby group fears the turbine troubles on Hobart's Marine Board building could damage the reputation of the growing industry. ...Hobart City Council alderman Peter Sexton yesterday called for a full investigation before any of the turbines were switched back on. "How can Workplace Standards have completed a proper investigation in 24 hours?"Ald Sexton said.
14 Aug 2010

'Wayward skydivers' sink wind power bid

Worries for the safety of wayward skydivers is just one of the concerns that has led Hobart to blow away a proposal to install wind-turbine power generators on a CBD rooftop. Perth rejected the rooftop turbines in August last year when it denied a similar application, mostly on the basis of visual impact. Concerns over visual impact and bird strikes marked Hobart's rejection of the turbines at a council meeting last night, but worries over skydivers was an added reason for knocking them back.
28 Jul 2009

Turbines fire fear in Macedon Ranges

Tooborac residents fear a proposed wind farm will make their fire-prone village even more unsafe after a turbine caught fire in South Australia. The turbine burnt scrub near Port Lincoln last month at the height of a prolonged heatwave. Tooborac, about 20km from Lancefield, has been earmarked for a 70-turbine wind farm for more than five years by Transfield Services.
17 Mar 2009

Blades a threat to pilots

As the owner of Gisborne's Farmers Air Limited, Mr Stevenson has been flying for 45 years and services over 25 farms in the Tararua District. His message was clear. "There are serious safety implications for aerial topdressers. I've seen far too many people killed by wires, poles and other obstructions - it's only a matter of time."
26 Feb 2009

Windfarm may alter flight path

Pilots flying in and out of Wellington may be forced to change course with the construction of a new windfarm. The construction of 62 turbines from Makara Beach to Cape Terawhiti, west of Wellington, is due to begin next month. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) magazine Vector said the wind farm would require airspace changes within Wellington's "control zone" but the changes would not appear on Visual Navigation Charts (VNC) until November when updated charts were printed.
28 Jan 2009

Turbines could get 'iced up'

A Meridian Energy witness was scrutinised for not considering Central Otago's harsh winter, which could shut down wind turbines in times of high demand. The Environment Court hearing into the $2 billion Project Hayes windfarm continued yesterday with wind energy consultant Graham White appearing for Meridian. He said in freezing humid condition wind turbines could ice up and no longer operate.
20 Jan 2009

Big crane runs off turbine site road

A 50-tonne crane ran off an access road and slipped down a bank on the Tararua Wind Farm yesterday, tipping on its side. The driver survived with moderate injuries. He was taken with a leg injury by ambulance to Palmerston North Hospital shortly after 10am. The damaged crane belongs to Verticon New Zealand, a maintenance subcontractor at the wind farm. Ashhurst Senior Constable Andy Nicholls said the accident could have been a lot worse as the crane could easily have gone over the bank and plunged towards the access road below.
18 Oct 2007
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