Wind energy = Jobs & Investment in Southwest Victoria

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Yesterday, Yes 2 Renewables joined a powerful alliance of groups to send Premier Denis Napthine a message on wind energy.

Groups representing wind workers and community members hand delivered a joint statement to the Premier’s electorate office in Warrnambool. The joint statement called for Dr Napthine to rewrite anti-wind farm planning laws and unlock jobs in southwest Victoria.

Several media outlets reported on the joint statement:

The Premier’s demonstrated support for the wind energy sector by opening the Marcarthur wind farm. Yes 2 Renewables encourage Dr Napthine to take the next step and restore fair laws for wind farms.

Yes 2 Renewables and our partners eagerly await a formal response from the Premier. Rest assured, we’ll let you know when he responds.  Continue reading “Wind energy = Jobs & Investment in Southwest Victoria”

Wind farms pump $67m into southwest Victoria

Macartur WFSouthwest Victoria’s regional economy has boomed from the construction of the Macarthur and Oaklands wind farms. To date, the projects have pumped $67 million into the local economy, employed around 900 people during construction, and will provide 52 ongoing jobs.

The report’s findings are consistent with the Baillieu government’s own figures which found that, in 2009 alone, the wind energy sector pumped $1.2 billion into the Victorian economy.

Despite the apparent economic benefits wind farms deliver for regional communities, Premier Ted Baillieu’s planning reforms have shut down Victoria’s once thriving wind energy sector.

Since the introduction of the VC82 planning amendment in August 2011, 700+ megawatts of wind farm projects have been withdrawn (see The Wind Farms That Baillieu Killed…‘) and not one major project been approved.

Unless Premier Baillieu has the good sense to repeal the VC82 amendment, regional Victoria is unlikely to enjoy the economic benefits of wind farms in the near future.  Continue reading “Wind farms pump $67m into southwest Victoria”

NewEn to appeal decision not to extend planning permit

25 November 2011 NewEn Press Release You may be aware that our application for a four-month extension to our planning permit for the Salt Creek Wind Farm (near Woorndoo) was rejected in a 4/3 vote by the Councillors of the Moyne Shire Council at Tuesday’s meeting. Obviously we are very disappointed by the decision – which would have enabled us to start construction of the wind farm by March 2012 – and have decided to appeal.  The development of the project has taken a long time so far, however we are concluding the final requirements right now and feel it … Continue reading NewEn to appeal decision not to extend planning permit

‘Vital vote on Woorndoo wind farm’

The following comes from the Warrnambool Standard, Journalist is Matt Neal, 21 Nov, 2011. Planning minister Matthew Guy has recently approved an extension of permits for two other projects in the Moyne Shire. It will be interesting to see how he responds to this one. Vital vote on Woorndoo wind farm A PROPOSED wind farm at Woorndoo is under threat with Moyne Shire councillors to vote tomorrow on whether to grant the developers an extension on their construction starting date. Work on the Salt Creek Wind Energy Facility (WEF) was supposed to have started by November 4 according to the … Continue reading ‘Vital vote on Woorndoo wind farm’