Media Release: 8 November 2011:
Minister Guy rejects additional clean energy
Victorian-based wind energy company, WestWind Energy (WestWind) is disappointed that plans to increase the output of the Lal Lal Wind Farm have been rejected by the Government.
WestWind’s proposal to increase the output of the wind farm by over fifty percent without adding any turbines could have been achieved simply by increasing the overall tip-height by twenty metres and removing the rotor diameter restriction.
The Minister’s Department, under Minister Guy’s direction, refused the proposed change for which an application was submitted in January this year. This was well before the latest policy changes on wind energy were introduced.
Tobi Geiger, Managing Director, WestWind, said that, “The Minister’s delegated decision is purely political. No open and transparent assessment took place that involved public notice or a planning panel. A great opportunity to produce more renewable energy more cost effectively has been squandered”
“It is clear that this Government sees coal as the future of Victoria’s electricity supply, as the decision is consistent with the recent Woodend community wind farm debacle, the solar tariff slashing and plans to expand coal mining in the region.” Mr Geiger said.
The project’s original planning permit is not affected by this refusal and the project will go ahead as planned.