Last week, The Weekly Times reported that numerous wind farm developments across Victoria may face termination due to the highly inflexible nature of the Napthine government’s anti-wind farm laws and permit rules (our coverage is here).
Some 20 companies who were successfully granted permits prior to the introduction of the anti-wind farm laws have been denied the ability to make simple upgrades to their farm turbines. Minor modifications such as the use of more efficient generators and longer, more aerodynamic blades are not permitted.
The anti-wind farm laws have killed off the pipeline for new proposals and uncertainty surrounding the Renewable Energy Target has stalled investment in shovel-ready wind farm. As Sandra Hawkins argued in a letter to the editor published by The Courier (Ballarat), it is another factor that prevents regional communities from reaping the benefits of renewable energy:
WIND farms are great for drought-proofing farms, contributing rates and community funding to local communities, providing employment and adding visual amenity to landscapes “Wind turbines in turmoil” (WT, July 9).
Combined with their ability to push the wholesale price of power down and have peak activity in times of peak demand, they tick so many boxes.
The Bailleau Government’s planning restrictions are dumb policy, as is any suggestion of winding back the renewable energy target.
Victoria deserves a more progressive government.
Sandra Hawkins, Ballarat
Sandra’s views are widely held in Victoria. Recent polling by the Climate Institute found 71 per cent backed state-based support for renewable energy. Solar rooftops and wind farms are overwhelmingly the preferred energy sources.
Will the Denis Napthine government adopt pro-renewable energy policies and seize on the goodwill in the community? Or will they leave that fertile ground to Daniel Andrews’ Labor opposition who have already shown some leadership on renewables? We’ll soon know…
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