In September, the Yes 2 Renewables campaign joined forces with Beyond Zero Emissions to tour southwest Victoria.
Situated on the coast, the area surrounding Warrnambool, Port Fairy, and Portland bares the full brunt of burly sea winds to hit the continent from the southern ocean. It’s no surprise that dozens of vessels shipwrecked on the southwest coast—due in no small part to the wind. Even when travelling in the modern-day convenience of a car, one could feel wind gusts push the car around the tarmac—the strength of the wind seemingly intensifying with each kilometre travelled.
With its vast wind resource, southwest Victoria is among Australia’s most important renewable energy regions. While this honour comes with several operational wind farms and manufacturing base, as we found out, it also means the area has been among the first to feel the impacts of changed wind farm planning laws implemented by the Baillieu government just over a year ago. The Portland-based engineering firm, Keppel Prince, has seen demand for its services drop off with the collapse of the project pipeline for wind farms.
The purpose of our trip was simple: Yes 2 Renewables wanted to gain a local perspective on wind farms, and update the community up about the Baillieu government’s renewable energy policies—particularly the impact anti-wind energy planning guidelines.
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The following comes from the Warrnambool Standard, journalist: SHANE FOWLES. The prospects of ocean energy being generated in the south-west have soared with the successful trial of BioPower Systems’ technology. The company has completed testing of its O-Drive module and has confirmed it will run a pilot demonstration off the Port Fairy coastline. It also intends to produce a 1MW commercial unit, having secured land access and development rights near Port Fairy last year. BioPower Systems yesterday announced its full-scale testing had delivered stable power to the grid over extended periods, at a high level of efficiency. “Ocean energy devices … Continue reading South west ocean energy trial success
The following comes from the Warrnambool Standard, journalist: SHANE FOWLES All fired up over Tarrone power station emissions It will be most interesting to see if the Minister grants a 2 km buffer for the gas fired power station. If he intends to give a 2 km buffer to residents around a proposed wind farm, it would seem only fair to grant the same right in the case of a gas power station. RESIDENTS adjacent the proposed Tarrone gas-fired power station have called for a buffer around the plant because of noise and emission concerns. A petition with 21 signatures … Continue reading ‘All fired up over Tarrone power station emissions’
The following comes from the Warrnambool Standard. Alexandra Weaver, 07 Apr, 2011 Firm tests the breeze THE company behind a new wind farm planned at Tarrone is roaming the area this week to source local views on the project. Union Fenosa hopes to build 20 turbines across a 1100-hectare site about 25 kilometres north of Port Fairy. Staff yesterday began a three-day doorknock of homes within five kilometres of proposed towers and intend to factor any issues raised by residents into the wind farm’s layout. Union Fenosa development manager Tom Mitchell said a planning application for the project would be … Continue reading consultation underway for Tarrone wind project