Red Tape Commissioner urged to investigate Napthine govt anti-wind laws

Friends of the Earth today hand delivered a submission to the Victorian Red Tape Commissioner calling for the Napthine government’s anti-wind farm laws to be investigated. The Coalition introduced the world’s worst anti-wind farm laws in 2011. The laws ban … Continue reading Red Tape Commissioner urged to investigate Napthine govt anti-wind laws

Voices of Macedon: Hepburn shire residents reap the benefits of wind farm

The Coaltion’s anti-wind farm laws have hit the Macedon Ranges hard. They have cost the region jobs, investment and killed off a community wind farm proposal. The seat of Macedon was previously united by uniform planning laws that enabled community engagement in the … Continue reading Voices of Macedon: Hepburn shire residents reap the benefits of wind farm

Voices of Macedon: Wind farm ban is “unfair”

The Coaltion’s anti-wind farm laws have hit the Macedon Ranges hard. They have cost the region jobs, investment and killed off a community wind farm proposal. The seat of Macedon was previously united by uniform planning laws that enabled community engagement in the … Continue reading Voices of Macedon: Wind farm ban is “unfair”

Coalition anti-wind laws: A double standard on energy

Renewable energy has emerged as a mainstream issue in the contested seat of Macedon. Anti-wind farm laws introduced by former Premier Ted Baillieu have cost the region jobs, investment and killed off a community wind farm proposal. In an electorate … Continue reading Coalition anti-wind laws: A double standard on energy

Renewable energy a mainstream issue in Macedon

Renewable energy is a mainstream issue in the hotly contested seat of Macedon. Yes 2 Renewables have been supporting local community members who support renewable energy. So far in 2014, we’ve presented at the Woodend Sustainable Living Festival, published an open … Continue reading Renewable energy a mainstream issue in Macedon

People’s March for Climate in Kyneton demonstrates huge support for renewables

IMG_3792A march attended by over 500 in Kyneton demonstrated strong public support for action on climate change and elevates renewable energy to a top issue in the hotly-contested seat of Macedon.

The “people’s march” is part of a global mobilisation calling on political leaders to take action to address global warming. The Kyneton march coincided with a global gathering of heads of state at the United Nations in New York City. An estimated 30,000 people marched in Melbourne, with a massive 300,000 taking to the streets in Manhattan.

In a rousing speech, Friends of the Earth’s Yes 2 Renewables coordinator Leigh Ewbank urged people to take their concern for climate change to the polls and vote for renewable energy in the imminent Victorian election.

“The Coalition government axed the Victorian Climate Change Act, slashed solar incentives, and banned wind farms in the Macedon Ranges” said Leigh Ewbank.

“A vote for renewable energy on November 29 will encourage whoever is elected to actively support wind farms with majority community support and champion a state target for renewables.”

IMG_3780A campaign by Yes 2 Renewables, the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group and local community members calling on the government to dump its anti-wind farm laws has been gathering momentum. Continue reading “People’s March for Climate in Kyneton demonstrates huge support for renewables”

Ride 4 Renewables: Macedon

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Macedon Ranges will have a chance to Ride 4 Renewables and visit the site of what could be Victoria’s next community wind farm. Yes 2 Renewables are pleased to join Woodend Cycles in supporting the community event.

The Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group is hosting the family-friendly Ride 4 Renewables to raise awareness of the barriers to renewable energy in the region.

In 2011, the Baillieu government imposed an arbitrary blanket ban on wind farm in the region. The ban killed off the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group’s proposed community wind farm near Woodend. Macedon locals were set to follow in the footsteps of the successful Hepburn Wind Farm operating just 40 kilometres away in Leonard’s Hill. Continue reading “Ride 4 Renewables: Macedon”

Baillieu retirement allows Premier Napthine to dump unpopular anti-wind farm laws

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Former Premier Ted Baillieu, the architect of Victoria’s anti-wind farm laws.

News of former Premier Ted Baillieu’s retirement opens up space for Premier Napthine to dump the unpopular anti-wind farm laws.

“Ted Baillieu was the architect of Victoria’s anti-wind farm laws which cost the state 466 jobs and $864 million of investment,” Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth renewables spokesperson.

“It’s time for the government to show political leadership and dump Baillieu’s anti-wind laws. Such a move would be welcomed by wind energy workers and companies in Premier Napthine’s own electorate.”

The anti-wind farm planning laws introduced by Premier Baillieu include an unprecedented 2km right of veto for householders to block projects, as well as blanket bans in the windiest parts of the state.

A Friends of the Earth research report published in April found the anti-wind laws have cost the state:  Continue reading “Baillieu retirement allows Premier Napthine to dump unpopular anti-wind farm laws”

Victoria’s anti-wind farm legislation now threatens the viability of pre-approved wind projects

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Premier Napthine and PM Tony Abbott sing from the same song sheet when it comes to renewable energy.

Numerous wind farm developments across Victoria may face termination due to the highly inflexible and restrictive nature of the Napthine government’s anti-wind farm laws and permit rules.

The Weekly Times report that the 20 companies successfully granted permits prior to the introduction of these laws have been denied the ability to make simple upgrades to their farm turbines.

These upgrades – designed merely to implement new and more efficient technology – would in no way infringe on conditions already held.

What’s more, the reluctance of the Napthine government and its Planning Minister Matthew Guy to accommodate for such rudimentary modifications could see the loss of considerable, and much-needed, revenue and employment to regional communities. Continue reading “Victoria’s anti-wind farm legislation now threatens the viability of pre-approved wind projects”

Wind energy on the Vic election agenda in Macedon

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 3.13.54 PMFriends of the Earth’s recent report on the costs of Ted Baillieu’s anti-wind farm laws has put renewable energy on the state election agenda.

The Age featured exclusive coverage of the research report. The Macedon Ranges Guardian, a prominent newspaper in the battleground seat of Macedon, reported on the local impacts of the Coalition government’s anti-wind farm laws.

In addition to scuttling two utility-scale projects in the Macedon region, it’s well known that the government’s arbitrary blanket ban prevented a community wind farm from going ahead in Woodend.

“The State Government’s anti-wind farm laws prohibited our project without any consultation or justification,” said Barry Mann of the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group —the organisation behind the community wind farm proposal. “We’d love to follow in the footsteps of Hepburn Wind and build a community wind farm in Woodend.”

The Friends of the Earth research prompted responses from the major party candidates.  Continue reading “Wind energy on the Vic election agenda in Macedon”