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Cherry Tree Range wind farm: Environment group blows back

December 18, 2012 by


The BEAM Mitchell Environment Group has thrown its full support behind the Cherry Tree Range wind farm project proposed for Trawool weeks before VCAT will determine its fate. Mitchell Shire’s Councillors voted to deny Infigen a planning permit despite the Cherry Tree Range wind farm proposal meeting the Victorian government’s stringent wind farm planning regulations;  being recommend […]

Campaign Diary 2012: Avenel Market Listening Post

December 18, 2012 by


In November and December, Yes 2 Renewables took to the road to hold listening posts in regional towns in central Victoria to find out what the community really thinks about wind farms. Following on from a successful event at the Lancefield and District Farmers Market, we headed to Avenel. Here’s Y2R volunteer Chrissi Charles’ account of the listening post: Yes […]

Pollie Watch: Wind farms save on peak prices

December 13, 2012 by


At the recent official opening of the Mortlake gas-fired power station, Energy and Resources Minister Michael O’Brien took a swipe at wind power. Quoted in the December 6 Warrnambool Standard, he said “The wind energy can’t be as reliable in the same way as natural gas – it is intermittent.”Wind will supplement coal and gas […]

Solar and wind: Differing strategies for success

December 11, 2012 by


Published by Suntech. Read the original article .  By Dan Cass Solar and wind industries share the same end goal of cleaner energy production worldwide — but each deploys vastly different technologies and methods to get there. How did each industry gain its following? Let’s take a look. Solar photovoltaic cells can be installed at […]

Pollie Watch: Shadow energy minister questioned on wind energy

December 7, 2012 by


As promised, Yes 2 Renewables is keeping up pressure on Victorian politicians when it comes to state wind energy policy. A fortnight ago, it was at the Rural Press Club, where we questioned leader of the opposition Daniel Andrews on Labor’s position on the government’s anti-wind farm policy. This week it was at the 8th Australian Wind Energy 2012 […]

Pollie Watch: Shadow energy minister brands Baillieu’s wind laws “extreme”

December 6, 2012 by


Wind energy is quickly becoming a bread-and-butter issue for the Victorian Labor opposition. At the 8th Australian Wind Energy 2012 conference, shadow energy spokesperson Lily D’Ambrosio critiqued the Baillieu government’s “extreme” wind energy planning laws. While the Labor opposition has been prepared to hit the Baillieu government hard for its regressive wind energy policies, it has […]

The Conversation: Vampires and wind farms: mass hysteria can be a pain in the neck

December 6, 2012 by


Published by The Conversation. Read the original here. By Ryan Wittingslow, PhD student in Film and Philosophy at the University of Sydney.  If the latest spate of news stories coming out of Serbia are anything to go by, the tiny and otherwise unassuming village of Zarožje has something of a vampire problem. Local legend tells of […]

Wind turbine infrasound: What’s all the noise about?

December 5, 2012 by


Originally published at RenewEconomy. By Richard Mackie. On Wednesday the Senate inquiry into excessive noise from wind farms released their report. The inquiry was supposed to focus on audible noise but debate strayed into concerns that wind turbines can cause health problems by producing infrasound (sound of a frequency so low that it is normally […]

Wind farms pump $67m into southwest Victoria

December 4, 2012 by


Southwest Victoria’s regional economy has boomed from the construction of the Macarthur and Oaklands wind farms. To date, the projects have pumped $67 million into the local economy, employed around 900 people during construction, and will provide 52 ongoing jobs. The report’s findings are consistent with the Baillieu government’s own figures which found that, in 2009 alone, the […]

Renewable energy is blowing in the wind

December 4, 2012 by


Published by the Geelong Advertiser.  Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula have played a pioneering role when it comes to wind energy in Australia. 25-years ago this month, the blades of Victoria’s first wind turbine started spinning in Breamlea—transforming the steady sea winds into clean electricity for Victorians. The State Electricity Commission built the Breamlea turbine […]


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