If there’s one thing Wonthaggi has plenty of it’s wind. Energy researcher BEN COURTICE looks at whether it could prove to be one of the shire’s biggest assets.
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Wonthaggi could supply all its own energy, on an annual basis, from a small wind farm. In fact, it could easily be a net exporter of large amounts of renewable energy, via the electricity grid, as the wind resource in the region is better than most parts of the country.Crunching the numbers based on the existing information makes this clear.The small existing Wonthaggi wind farm has a nominal capacity of 12 megawatts (MW) from its six turbines. Its annual output in 2011 was 28.3 gigawatt-hours
With a population of just under 6900 in 2011, Wonthaggi has about a third of the Shire’s mainland population. Assuming a similar proportion of electricity use, that makes about 25 GWh per year energy use (using state government energy use figures from 2007).
That’s less than the output of the wind farm. So six two-megawatt turbines can do the job now.
If the aim is energy independence, though, much more can be done. Continue reading “A turn for the better”
MEDIA RELEASE Thursday 12 April Rural and urban Alliance calls on State Government to ban new fossil fuel projects Victorian government wants more coal – the community wants farmland and clean water As Victoria faces a wave of exploration licences for coal seam gas (CSG), coal, and tight gas, there is growing opposition to this industry. “Community groups have formed across the ‘coal belt’ of southern Victoria, from the Otways to Wonthaggi to Toongabbie” said Friends of the Earth campaigns co-ordinator Cam Walker. “Clearly local farmers and residents do not want to see their lands and water sacrificed for short … Continue reading Rural and urban Alliance calls on State Government to ban new fossil fuel projects
Guest post by Neil Rankine from Groundswell Bass Coast. On Wednesday (21st March 2012) one of the Wonthaggi wind turbine’s blades was reportedly hit by lightning, causing the blade to split down its length. It’s now hanging from the hub … Continue reading Wind turbine thunderstruck at Wonthaggi
The following comes from the Weekly Times. Johanna Leggatt, February 29, 2012 VICTORIAN local councils are taking their fight against wind farm bans to the State Government. The City of Greater Bendigo has written to the Government seeking a revision of the planning laws, which restrict new wind farms in parts of the state. Mount Alexander Shire Council requested an exemption from the laws last year, while the Woodend Integrated Sustainable Energy group has indicated it will also push for Macedon Ranges Shire Council to seek a reprieve from regulations. In August last year, the Victorian Government gave households the … Continue reading Councils challenge wind ban
Synergy Wind’s wind farm that was proposed for Devon North, near Yarram in South Gippsland, has had an extension of its planning approval rejected by the Wellington Shire Council. This is the first wind farm to fall due to the requirement to renew or extend planning approvals under the new laws, and unfortunately there may be more to come quite soon. We will track these setbacks as they occur, and will soon update our assessment of just how much the 2011 anti-wind policy is costing Victoria in jobs and investment dollars. The following is from the Gippsland Times article (by … Continue reading Another wind farm falls to Vic laws
The following is from the Gippsland Times. The wind farm mentioned is the Yarram/Devon North project of Synergy Wind. Council to consider wind farm HAYLEY PLUMRIDGE 07 Feb, 2012 WELLINGTON Shire Council will discuss an application of an extension of … Continue reading Wind farm planning approval expires
Nail in the coffin: Mighell This article comes from the Latrobe Valley Express, journalist: JARROD WHITTAKER THE introduction of restrictive new wind farm planning laws has “driven a nail in the coffin” of plans to establish green manufacturing in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria’s state’s top electrical unionist has warned. Electrical Trades Union Victorian secretary Dean Mighell said restrictions introduced by the Baillieu Government, which restrict where wind farms can be located, would drive renewable jobs interstate. “It kills real prospect of establishing those jobs we think should be established in the Valley, on the back of what we did with … Continue reading ‘new wind farm planning laws has “driven a nail in the coffin” of plans to establish green manufacturing in the Latrobe Valley’