Bullying from wind farm opponents a pattern of behaviour

Last week, The Canberra Times reported that anti-wind farm campaigner Tony Hodgson has threatened legal action against neighbours who host turbines. The following is a letter to the editor published by the paper: Anti-wind farm campaigner Tony Hodgson’s threats to sue … Continue reading Bullying from wind farm opponents a pattern of behaviour

Australian Energy Market Operator Report: Wind Energy Best Option for NSW

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) have released a new report identifying wind power as the best option for New South Wales to meet it future power needs.

Anna Patty reports for the Sydney Morning Herald: Continue reading “Australian Energy Market Operator Report: Wind Energy Best Option for NSW”

NSW Planning Dept Review Proposed Collector Windfarm – Call for Submissions

The New South Wales Department of Planning has extended its call for submissions on a proposed wind farm project near the township of Collector—located on the ‘strategic corridor’ between the nation’s capital, Canberra, and largest city, Sydney.

RATCH-Australia Corporation propose building 68 wind turbines to generate up to 228 megawatts of zero-carbon electricity. The $350 million project would:

  • Generate enough electricity to power 80,000 homes annually.
  • Help Australia meet the 2020 Renewable Energy Target.
  • Establish a $200,000 ‘community benefit fund’ once the project is operational.
  • Create approximately 100 jobs during construction and 10 to 15 permanent jobs.

Despite the many benefits of wind energy (for example), such projects often catch the attention of anti-wind energy interests. ‘As we know, the organised campaign against wind energy tends to get a disproportionate amount of coverage in the media,’ says Cam Walker, Friends of the Earth campaigns coordinator. ‘This skews the debate and suggests there is greater angst about wind energy than is actually the case.’

If you live in the neighbourhood and support renewable energy, please make a submission today – it will only take a few minutes. Your personal views will add an authentic local voice to the decision-making process and help counter the spin of anti-wind energy interests. Please encourage your friends to also write a submission. Continue reading “NSW Planning Dept Review Proposed Collector Windfarm – Call for Submissions”