Don’t discount Victoria’s clean power potential

Former Labor Ministerial Adviser Andrew Herington has written an interesting analysis of the recent Victorian Auditor General report on renewable energy for Climate Spectator.

Some pull-out quotes:

Developing a new industry takes time, but the growth of wind in Victoria has been dramatic. By 2006, well over 1000MW of wind turbines had planning approval and 104MW were operational. By the end of 2010, Victorian wind farms were generating 428MW and many other large projects with planning approval were awaiting finance or under construction.

However, uncertainty over the carbon price and the National Renewable Energy Target, as well as local objections, have stalled other new approvals for wind projects.

The industry is worried that the new planning regime recently adopted by the Coalition state government could result in slowing the growth in wind farms to a snail’s pace.

Yet with government commitment, it is quite feasible that wind farms could increase fourfold by the end of this decade and produce up to 8 per cent of Victoria’s electricity needs. The main barrier is the planning process, not a lack of wind, business commitment or investor enthusiasm for renewables – all of which are strong in Victoria.

3 thoughts on “Don’t discount Victoria’s clean power potential

  1. This article says it all, there is well over 3000mw of windfarms approved, many have been approved for more than 5 years and never been built. Over the last 2 years the number of new projects has dropped off significantly, this has mostly been under the governance of the former labor party, so it is not for political reasons you would think.
    The main reason for the lack of construction is money, many of the developed projects have been done by fly by nighters such as the former windpower,( nursing homes and lawyers) so no wonder they didnt get off the ground. They are not financially viable to build, even when highly subsidised in many locations.
    There has also been a major shift in the communities attitute to windfarming, particuly in rural areas, where it would be almost impossible to find a willing farmer to participate these days, maybe you would need to find the ones closest to having the bank take over before they were desperate enough!
    many in urban areas are also sick of the spin and high costs, the governments know this and are now reluctant to push prices higher, the new victorian govt was ultimatly elected on this platform.
    Andrew herington is completely wrong when he says the planning process is the main barrier, planning has approved many windfarms, but why have they not been built?

  2. Sammy, are you ‘Mick’, who appears to have disappeared? You mostly run the same arguments as him.

    You’ve been posting a lot on this site, but not bothered to say who you are or what your affiliations are, so i will now stop responding to your messages. Very happy to have conversations with real people but not with anonymous people with an ideological axe to grind.

  3. as a long time supporter of green energy and the environment I’m bitterly disappointed to see this website spiral out of control down the ill fated wind turbine path, the leonards hill situation says it all especially with the community talk about the shocking site to the south of the main street

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