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A south-west Victorian airport instrumental in fighting the St Patrick's Day bushfires could be forced to close if a proposed wind farm is approved by the state planning minister.
A sprawling multimillion-dollar wind farm project can be built despite “substantial” local opposition including from the AFL’s boss, the state’s development court has ruled.
The Crystal Brook facility will produce up to 400 megawatts of solar and wind power each day, which will power the site's hydrogen 'electrolyser' to potentially produce 20,000 kilograms of hydrogen daily.
One of the country's largest producers of wind turbines has taken control of the proposed Rabbit Ridge Wind Farm project. Goldwind Australia has taken the reins on the Dalveen-based project, which first became a realisation under Tim Lucas' stewardship. Mr Lucas first brought his vision to the community's attention back in 2013 and it's been a hard slog since.
An appeal against the Waverley Wind Farm project has been withdrawn, leaving the project free to go ahead as planned.
Canberra on Tuesday welcomed as “very touching” the scrapping of a planned French wind farm on the site of a First World War battlefield where thousands of Australian soldiers died.
Families of diggers who fell one hundred years ago on the Bullecourt battlefield in France have forced an energy company to abandon plans to build a wind farm on the historic site. Engie has announced it will halt the development of the project in response to an Australian backlash.
France has been criticised over an “outrageous” plan to build a six-turbine wind farm on a First World War battlefield where thousands of British and Australian soldiers were killed.
A plan to build a massive 223 turbine wind farm near Penshurst has been abandoned.
After more than 10 years of working on the project, RES Australia has formally announced the “discontinuation of Penshurst Wind Farm Project”. It “no longer considers this project to be an ongoing development opportunity”. So the people around Penshurst at least will now be able to — literally — sleep soundly at night.
As things stand, energy distributors are forced to buy in baseload at absurd spot prices while the wind and solar kings sit around their idle generators and count their profits. Why should the taxpayer have to pay for unfeasibly large batteries from a US billionaire because of the failure of highly subsidised renewable energy plants to provide electricity around the clock? The Finkel review says that should change.
Opponents, however, say common sense has prevailed. A representative from the Blueskin Amenity and Landscape Society, formed in opposition to the wind farm, has said it was time for the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust to say enough was enough.
Seven years ago, in my first column in this series, I wrote of how wind farms were causing much angst in the bush.
A plan for a community-owned windmill near Dunedin has been rejected by the Environment Court. Blueskin Energy went to the court trying to save the pioneering project, after Dunedin City Council turned down resource consent.
"We've discontinued our relationship. There's a significant amount of money that needs to be expended on the turbines," said Brian Harris, chief executive of Chatham Islands Enterprise Trust, which oversees the power company Chatham Islands Electricity. Any proposal to get the turbines up and running again "needs to be cost-effective and reduce energy costs on the island".
An electricity transmission line cutting across their view of Mount Taranaki has united a group of Waverley residents in opposition.
If electricity consumers were not already being squeezed by the closure of Victoria's coal burning Hazelwood power station, an extraordinary lack of wind in the past few months has certainly compounded the problem. The large wind-focussed generator, Infigen Energy has been forced to downgrade its full-year profit forecast due to what it says has been the least windy period it has endured put its current capacity together in 2012.
New windfarms in South Australia will face tougher technical standards, amid concern the state's heavy reliance on intermittent renewable generators has left the electricity grid prone to collapse. ...AEMO found a failure of windfarms to ride through voltage disturbances contributed to the catastrophic chain of events which caused the blackout.
Among the individual submissions, there were 536 against the wind farm and 38 in support of the joint Australian-Spanish venture which plans to install 88 turbines across 23 rural properties in Tarago.
A new report has shed more light on how the blackout in South Australia occurred and why wind power disconnected from the electricity network. ...Instead it was the loss of power from the state’s wind farms that is thought to be one of the primary causes of the event.