Articles from Australia / New Zealand

Two SA wind farms fined more than $1 million for their role in 2016 statewide blackout

A formal review of the blackout found overly sensitive protection mechanisms in some South Australian wind farms were to blame. The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) found the unexpected operation of the control settings resulted in the sudden loss of generation from the wind farms. In the court proceedings, both Pacific Hydro and Hornsdale admitted that they applied repeat low voltage ride through system settings to their generating units without prior written approval from AEMO and ElectraNet.
1 Jul 2021

Australia rejects $36 billion wind, solar, hydrogen project

The Australian government has rejected plans for a $36 billion wind, solar and hydrogen project in a remote area of Western Australia, leaving what would have been one of the world’s largest green energy projects in limbo for now. In a decision dated June 15, published on the environment department’s website, Environment Minister Sussan Ley ruled that the project, the Asian Renewable Energy Hub (AREH), “will have clearly unacceptable impacts” on internationally recognised wetlands and migratory bird species.
21 Jun 2021

Wind farm risk to bird species; Call to halt Robbins Island proposal

A Tasmanian bird expert has thrown his weight behind claims Robbins Island is a sanctuary for shorebirds and no place for a wind farm. A group of locals, including independent state election candidate Craig Garland, has long been calling for UPC Renewables’ proposed wind farm on the island in Tasmania’s far NorthWest to be scrapped. ...Dr Woehler said the latest BirdLife Tasmania count had confirmed international significance of tidal wetlands, showing they regularly support more migratory and resident shorebirds than the rest of the state combined.
24 Apr 2021

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

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