Rugby wind farm: Has the noisy minority won out at the region’s expense?

Friends of the Earth media release, May 3, 2012. The first project to be affected by the new NSW wind energy guidelines has been substantially reduced compared with its original vision. Windlab Systems and REpower Australia have announced a proposal which is 40% smaller than originally planned, from 90 to 52 turbines. The companies cite ‘community consultation, environmental studies and the state governments draft guidelines’ as the reasons for the reduction. “We commend the companies for listening closely to community concerns and amending their plans” said Friends of the Earth campaigns co-ordinator Cam Walker. “However, we do note that the smaller … Continue reading Rugby wind farm: Has the noisy minority won out at the region’s expense?

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

NSW: wind supporters, speak up!

The opening for submissions on the NSW wind guidelines has brought out many supporters of wind to highlight some of the practical reasons why they think wind energy will benefit them and their community. Predictably, there are also numerous submissions … Continue reading NSW: wind supporters, speak up!

Another wind farm falls to Vic laws

Synergy Wind’s wind farm that was proposed for Devon North, near Yarram in South Gippsland, has had an extension of its planning approval rejected by the Wellington Shire Council. This is the first wind farm to fall due to the requirement to renew or extend planning approvals under the new laws, and unfortunately there may be more to come quite soon. We will track these setbacks as they occur, and will soon update our assessment of just how much the 2011 anti-wind policy is costing Victoria in jobs and investment dollars. The following is from the Gippsland Times article (by … Continue reading Another wind farm falls to Vic laws

Inconsistent NSW wind farm Guidelines cut off clean energy options

Media Release, February 16 2012 The draft planning guidelines for wind farms in NSW, which are currently open for public comment, have been labelled inconsistent, too restrictive and politically motivated by environment group Friends of the Earth. “These guidelines talk … Continue reading Inconsistent NSW wind farm Guidelines cut off clean energy options

Choice: renewables vs fossils

NSW wind guidelines: limiting energy choices?

The NSW Planning & Infrastructure department is calling for submissions on the Draft NSW Planning Guidelines: Wind Farms which were released on December 23. The Guidelines can be downloaded here and an accompanying “Questions and Answers” document here. We encourage … Continue reading NSW wind guidelines: limiting energy choices?

Woodend group grows push for wind farm

This article is from the Macedon Ranges Weekly. Journalist: Angela Valente A WOODEND sustainability group is ramping up its campaign for a community-owned wind farm on the town’s southern edge. Unfazed that state laws disallow any new wind farm projects in the Macedon Ranges, the group says planning laws could change if the residents support the project. Woodend Integrated Sustainable Energy (WISE) is proposing a three-turbine wind farm on land leased for a pine plantation on Fingerpost Road, just south of Woodend. The land is leased by the Hancock Timber Resource Group, which has indicated support for the project. The … Continue reading Woodend group grows push for wind farm