What is the real cost of Ted Baillieu’s wind energy policy?

In late August, the Baillieu government implemented new planning rules which  place large sections of Victoria off-limits to wind farm developments through the creation of No Go zones, and set in place a 2 kilometre ‘right of veto’, whereby a single household can block any turbines within 2 kilometres of their home. Planning Minister Matthew Guy said he did not believe the two kilometre set-back policy would stop developers investing in wind energy Victoria. Premier Ted Baillieu has also rejected suggestions the changes would harm the wind farm industry. However, the facts of the matter suggest otherwise. Already we have … Continue reading What is the real cost of Ted Baillieu’s wind energy policy?

Coalition wind farm policy starts to bite

The Age newspaper recently reported that the Baillieu government has conceded that “its controversial wind farm policy is powerless to control the biggest expansion of wind energy in Victoria’s history, with 1322 new turbines planned across 28 approved developments”. That is, that it can not stop proposals that were approved by the ALP government prior to November 2010, but not yet built. However, in terms of future proposals, it is becoming evident that they intend to proceed with imposing the wind plan they announced back in May. The following report about the creation of ‘no go’ areas comes from the … Continue reading Coalition wind farm policy starts to bite

Wind farm opposed by ‘Landscape Guardians’

The following is a report from regional paper the McIvor Times in Central North Victoria about opposition to the proposed Baynton wind farm near Tooborac. It is interesting to note that the Granite Boulders Landscape Guardians have been supported by the Australian Environment Foundation. The AEF is, according to Wikipedia,  a “front group founded by the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA), a conservative Melbourne-based think tank”. For details on the proposed wind farm (from the proponent Transfield Services) check here. Wind Farm Opposed November 3 2010 The first public meeting of the Granite Boulders Landscape Guardians was held in the … Continue reading Wind farm opposed by ‘Landscape Guardians’