Wind farms: Baillieu policy is still costing the state

Friends of the Earth media release, March 16 2012 Planning Minister Matthew Guy is playing a high risk strategy if he thinks he can give the go-ahead to some wind farms that were first approved by Labor, then criticise Labor for its stance on wind energy, Friends of the Earth renewable energy campaigner Ben Courtice said today. “Last year the Baillieu government implemented regressive planning laws that ban wind projects across much of the best wind resource in the state.  As a result of this law, Victoria has already lost the potential for up to $525 million investment in wind … Continue reading Wind farms: Baillieu policy is still costing the state

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

Mt Gellibrand wind farm to commence construction

Today’s good news.  Mt Gellibrand is just northeast of Colac. The following quote is from today’s Age article Wind farm to be built near Colac by Adam Morton. Following that is the text of the press release from developer Acciona.

Acciona Energy director of generation Brett Wickham said the farm would create about 200 jobs during construction and 16 ongoing positions once it was operating.

He said up to 10 of the 149-metre turbines would be built within two kilometres of homes and could have been affected if the plant had been proposed under the new planning regime. Continue reading “Mt Gellibrand wind farm to commence construction”

‘Wind farm will create work for 200’ near Colac

The following comes from the Colac Herald, journalist is Alison Martin. Wind farm will create work for 200 and generate 25 permanent jobs Acciona Mount Gellibrand project manager Paul Treasure, Acciona senior manager David Clarke, Ombersley landowner Tim Gore and Acciona community relations manager Louise Kingma are looking forward to Mount Gellibrand wind farm construction to start. A $350-MILLION wind farm north-east of Colac will create 200 jobs during construction and 25 permanent positions when complete. Acciona Energy has lodged a development plan with the State Government for a 63-turbine wind farm at Mount Gellibrand. The wind farm would create … Continue reading ‘Wind farm will create work for 200’ near Colac