Liberals deny wind conflict

From The Age, journalist Royce Millar. February 24, 2012 ACTING premier Peter Ryan has rejected opposition attacks against a Liberal backbencher and his personal campaign against a wind farm to be built next to his property in western Victoria. On Wednesday, The Age reported concerns by the opposition and Greens about MP Simon Ramsay’s lobbying against plans by Spanish-owned energy company Acciona to install 63 wind turbines near his property at Birregurra, near Colac. Among their allegations was that Mr Ramsay, a Western Victorian upper house member, had not adequately declared his interest in Acciona’s Mount Gellibrand project ahead of … Continue reading Liberals deny wind conflict

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Federal MP blasts anti-windfarm groups

John Murphy, federal ALP MP for the seat of Reid (inner-western Sydney)  made some extensive comments regarding the Landscape Guardians and other anti-windfarm groups in Federal Parliament on Wednesday 15 February. Independent Australia has republished his comments in full, here … Continue reading Federal MP blasts anti-windfarm groups

Community protests for renewables: “We are not going away”

More photos here and here Victorians have rallied around the state on September 29 to protest the new anti-wind planning laws brought in by Premier Ted Baillieu one month earlier. In Geelong, 40 people from local environment groups, construction workers and other unionists rallied at the front of Liberal MP Andrew Katos’ office in Belmont. Protesters hung a big banner with a picture of a wind turbine off the front of the office. The protest was addressed by Labor MP Gayle Tierney. In Ballarat, around 50 people met at the front of the office of the Premier, including representatives from … Continue reading Community protests for renewables: “We are not going away”

Maps show where you can’t build a wind farm in Victoria

The following maps are from the office of Brian Tee, ALP MP and shadow minister for planning. The first map is simply where you can’t build wind farms, under coalition policy,  including the 2km setback from houses and 10km buffers around national parks (which is not in the new laws, but seems to be based on Coalition policy that calls for “The exclusion of wind farms in or near national and state parks”). The second appears not to include buffers around national parks, but shows all the various restrictions and where and how they impact. For comparison, here is a … Continue reading Maps show where you can’t build a wind farm in Victoria

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, … Continue reading Don’t discount Victoria’s clean power potential

government policy threatens wind sector jobs

From the Portland Observer, 4 April 2011 Journalist: Bill Meldrum Winds of change threaten jobs THE cold, icy wind of government policy is once again blowing the fear of job losses through the factory of wind tower manufacturer Keppel Prince Engineering. A raft of changes to state planning laws aimed at protecting landholders who live within two kilometres of a proposed wind turbine site, potentially scuttling wind farm projects, are being introduced into parliament. It has the company’s managing director, Steve Garner, once again talking about the prospect of relocating the factory and jobs interstate to greener pastures, if Planning … Continue reading government policy threatens wind sector jobs

‘Imported turbines threaten south-west workers’

The following comes from the Warrnambool Standard, journalist is Alex Sinnott. Friends of the Earth strongly supports local procurement policies, as they will drive local jobs and build manufacturing capacity. However, it does seem strange – to say the least – for Coalition MP Denis Napthine to express concern about lost jobs attached to wind turbines when his government is currently implementing a policy which is expected to have a chilling effect on future development of the wind industry in the state. 26 Mar, 2011 Imported turbines threaten south-west workers SOUTH-WEST wind turbine manufacturer Keppel Prince is at the centre … Continue reading ‘Imported turbines threaten south-west workers’

“small but extremely vocal groups” oppose wind farm developments

The following is an editorial from the Ballarat Courier. The stand out quote in the post-state election climate has to be: “the Labor vote remained strong even at booths at the epicentre of wind-farm developments. The result confirmed what some have believed since Victoria began real efforts to explore alternative energy sources — that there are small but extremely vocal groups against such projects”. Local councils to gain greater voice on wind debates 06 Dec, 2010 JUDGING by talk since the election of the Liberal-Nationals Coalition in Victoria last week, opponents of several wind-farm projects in the region are likely … Continue reading “small but extremely vocal groups” oppose wind farm developments

‘Victorian environment in voters’ hands this Saturday’

MEDIA RELEASE Friday 26 November, 2010 Victorian environment in voters’ hands this Saturday Victoria’s four leading environment groups have published a final assessment of the main parties’ environment policies the day before the state election, saying the next four years will be crucial for deciding the fate of Victoria’s climate, rivers, forests and wildlife. After a flurry of minor environmental policy announcements during the last week of the campaign, the final scores are Labor 52%, the Coalition 22% and the Greens 93%. The Coalition picked up 7 points after finally releasing its energy and water policies this week while Labor … Continue reading ‘Victorian environment in voters’ hands this Saturday’

solar announcement for Bendigo

23/11/10 The following is a press release from the ALP about today’s announcement about land for a solar power station. “A future Brumby Labor Government will make available land north of Bendigo for the development of a solar power station. In Bendigo today with Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan, Premier John Brumby announced a future Labor Government would set aside a 75 hectare state-owned site near Bridgewater in a bid to attract a major job-creating solar energy investment in the region. Mr Brumby said central Victoria was in a prime position to capitalise on new opportunities in a climate … Continue reading solar announcement for Bendigo