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?

‘Yambuk wind turbines given healthy tick of approval’

This article comes from the Warrnambool Standard, journalist is SHANE FOWLES. AN independent study into wind farms which measured Yambuk residents’ health has found there is no link between exposure to turbines and health problems. University of Adelaide professor Gary Wittert used data from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme to compare medical prescriptions of people living in areas with and without turbines. His study involved 12,000 people living within a 10-kilometre radius around wind farms in Yambuk, Waubra and two sites in South Australia. “I can tell you from a preliminary look — and we will send this to peer review … Continue reading ‘Yambuk wind turbines given healthy tick of approval’

Mildura misses out on federal funding for solar power station

The following comes from the Sunraysia Daily, Journalist: CHRIS MCLENNAN. See the end of this post for details on the projects that received the federal support. Solar blow: Mildura misses out on federal funding for power station MILDURA has missed out on its bid for a second major solar power station. Instead, Prime Minister Julia Gillard on the weekend announced funding worth three quarters of a billion dollars for projects in Queensland and New South Wales. TRUenergy’s much fancied “Mallee Solar Park” 180 megawatt station south of Red Cliffs was beaten for funding by a 150 megawatt solar farm in … Continue reading Mildura misses out on federal funding for solar power station

Vic government finally responds to wind industry concerns

The following is a re-post of an article in the Australian Financial Review, which has put a cat amongst the Coalition government pigeons. The Minister has finally responded to industry concerns, which have been on the public record for many months now. The claim by some renewable energy companies that they may be forced to leave the state or start new projects elsewhere if the Coalition enacted its wind farm policy was made last year after the November election, see for instance this item on Portland wind tower manufacturer Keppel Prince. As Keppel Prince general manager Steve Garner said again … Continue reading Vic government finally responds to wind industry concerns

Minister calls for talks on wind farm concerns

We are heartened to hear this story, which comes from ABC news. Minister calls for talks on wind farm concerns Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy is calling for talks with wind energy providers threatening to pull out of Victoria. Pacific Hydro has told the Financial Review it will not introduce any new projects to Victoria, under the new planning rules introduced by the Coalition Government. The rules hand planning control to local governments and include tougher requirements for wind farms placed within two kilometres of houses. Mr Guy says the companies should talk to him about the ways they can … Continue reading Minister calls for talks on wind farm concerns