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Community-owned energy projects are a beacon of hope as the nation struggles to address climate change. The trailblazing Hepburn Wind farm set the bar when it comes to community-owned energy projects in Australia. And many more projects are on the drawing board. A new organisation known as the Community Power Agency was launched this week […]
Yes 2 Renewables community coordinator Leigh Ewbank travelled to King Island and came back with a reputation… Ewbank is now known on the island as the ‘Vegemite Man’. Leigh Ewbank has visited the King Island to observe the community engagement process surrounding a wind farm proposal. State-owned energy company Hydro Tasmania has proposed a 200 MW wind farm for King […]
Yesterday, Yes 2 Renewables joined a powerful alliance of groups to send Premier Denis Napthine a message on wind energy. Groups representing wind workers and community members hand delivered a joint statement to the Premier’s electorate office in Warrnambool. The joint statement called for Dr Napthine to rewrite anti-wind farm planning laws and unlock jobs in southwest […]
Just three weeks after Premier Napthine opened the Macarthur wind farm, a coalition of southwest Victorian and supporting groups have released a joint statement calling on the Premier to rewrite anti-wind farm planning laws and unlock jobs in southwest Victoria. The joint statement will be hand delivered to staff at Premier Napthine’s electorate office this […]
When thinking about wind workers, the first things that come to mind are the metalworkers who labor in enormous factories fabricating turbine towers; the construction crews dealing with the logistical challenges of installation; and the specialised electricians who monitor and maintain wind farms. The following is a guest post from a wind worker of a […]
Since 2011, Friends of the Earth’s Yes 2 Renewables has been campaigning hard against the Victorian government’s laws that ban wind farms in large swaths of the state. These laws have cost our state jobs, investment, and crucial renewable energy capacity needed to reduce our contribution to climate change. We’re proud to join an alliance of environment […]
Town hall meetings are a longstanding feature of democratic engagement in Australia. Those following the development of wind energy will be well aware of the evolution (or should that be de-evolution) of the community meeting. At first, town hall meetings were used as a way for the nascent wind energy sector to engage the community, […]
A new University of Sydney study shows the majority of health complaints associated with wind farms emerged after anti-wind farm lobbying in regional areas. Regional Victorian communities are being robbed of benefits from the clean energy economy because of fear campaigns than have no basis in fact. A study commissioned by the Clean Energy Council […]
A study released today suggests that anti-wind farm scare campaigning is the real culprit behind the perceived health impacts associated with wind energy projects. Research conducted by the University of Sydney shows that communities throughout Australia start to register complaints when the anti-wind brigade come to town. The national study states, ‘an estimated 120 individuals […]
Victoria’s new Premier Denis Napthine reaffirmed the government’s opposition to wind farms this morning in an interview with ABC Radio’s Jon Faine. Premier Napthine’s public embrace of anti-wind farm laws passed by the Baillieu government puts him at odds with the community, who overwhelmingly support wind power. Poll after poll after poll shows Victorians want […]