Let’s have a real discussion, not orchestrated rallies against wind farms

Last week’s anti-windfarm meeting at Penshurst made a minor stir in the news after renewable energy advocate Matt Wright, from Beyond Zero Emissions, was able to grab the floor of the meeting to briefly respond to the stacked anti-windfarm panel. … Continue reading Let’s have a real discussion, not orchestrated rallies against wind farms

Minister approves Hawkesdale, Yambuk wind farms

This article is from the Warrnambool Standard. 25/2/2012 TWO controversial wind farm developments at Hawkesdale and Yambuk ha ve been approved by Planning Minister Matthew Guy after months of negotiation. Spanish proponents Union Fenosa announced yesterday that work on the two sites w ould start as early as next month, ahead of state government reforms of the renewable energy sector. More than $500 million will be pumped into the two projects, one which is located in farmland south-east of Hawkesdale and the other between Yambuk and Orford. Union Fenosa managing director Domingo Asuero said the company would provide site possession … Continue reading Minister approves Hawkesdale, Yambuk wind farms

state wind laws ‘forces interstate move’ for Pac Hydro

This article apperared in the Moyne Gazette on Moyne Gazette 17 Nov 2011. Journalist is EVERARD HIMMELREICH Pacific Hydro’s investment end State law forces interstate move LEADING Australian renewable energy company Pacific Hydro is unlikely to invest further in the south-west despite the recent passing ofthe Clean Energy Future Package through the Senate. Pacific Hydro Australia general manager Lane Crockett said Victorian legislation that imposed restrictions on the development of wind farms within two kilometres of a dwelling made it unlikely the company would develop any further wind farms in Victoria. Pacific Hydro has wind farms at Codrington and Yambuk … Continue reading state wind laws ‘forces interstate move’ for Pac Hydro

Win for $477m Hawkesdale, Port Fairy projects

This article comes from the Warrnambool Standard, journalist is Alexandra Weaver. Win for $477m Hawkesdale, Port Fairy projects TWO major south-west wind farms are to become reality after a green light from the state government. Union Fenosa Wind Australia has secured planning permit extensions for projects at Hawkesdale and Ryan Corner, about 10 kilometres north of Port Fairy. Planning Minister Matthew Guy’s decision to grant the extensions goes against the wishes of Moyne Shire Council, which agreed in August the developer should not be given more time. Early construction works on the $477 million wind farms is now due to … Continue reading Win for $477m Hawkesdale, Port Fairy projects

wave energy project continues in Portland

This article comes from the Portland Observer, journalist: Bill Meldrum. Wave project swell WAVE energy company Oceanlinx has moved to allay any fears it has scrapped its Portland project in favour of a site off the South Australian coast. It follows a report in Mount Gambier newspaper The Border Watch late last week that the company was planning to build the first stage of the biggest wave energy plant in the world off Port MacDonnell next year. However, project manager Fraser Johnson confirmed on Monday the company’s proposed projects near Cape Nelson and at King Island were still ongoing, and … Continue reading wave energy project continues in Portland

Wave energy project awaits funding

Coincidentally, this is the second article in two days we have posted on wave energy. This article is by Bill Meldrum, from the Portland Observer. I say coincidentally because wave power is yet to be commercialised and operate at scale. It has long been a complaint that good renewable energy technologies are invented in Australia and developed overseas. Hopefully that will change soon! WAVE energy company Oceanlinx is waiting for funding grants from the Federal or State governments before it starts on a small number of demonstration units off the Portland coastline. The company has also foreshadowed that a successful … Continue reading Wave energy project awaits funding

Portland wind tower manufacturer to expand operations

This article is from the Portland Observer, journalist: Bill Meldrum. A note of caution amongst this good news: “It is understood there is still strong concern within Keppel Prince and wind energy companies to proposed moves by the government to put further planning controls on wind farm developments within Victoria.” Keppel plans to expand PORTLAND wind tower manufacturer Keppel Prince Engineering is planning a new $6 million blasting and painting facility. The board of its parent company Singapore-based Keppel Integrated Engineering Ltd has approved the expansion on the proviso that Keppel Prince Engineering secures more work. The expansion plans were … Continue reading Portland wind tower manufacturer to expand operations

government policy threatens wind sector jobs

From the Portland Observer, 4 April 2011 Journalist: Bill Meldrum Winds of change threaten jobs THE cold, icy wind of government policy is once again blowing the fear of job losses through the factory of wind tower manufacturer Keppel Prince Engineering. A raft of changes to state planning laws aimed at protecting landholders who live within two kilometres of a proposed wind turbine site, potentially scuttling wind farm projects, are being introduced into parliament. It has the company’s managing director, Steve Garner, once again talking about the prospect of relocating the factory and jobs interstate to greener pastures, if Planning … Continue reading government policy threatens wind sector jobs

‘Imported turbines threaten south-west workers’

The following comes from the Warrnambool Standard, journalist is Alex Sinnott. Friends of the Earth strongly supports local procurement policies, as they will drive local jobs and build manufacturing capacity. However, it does seem strange – to say the least – for Coalition MP Denis Napthine to express concern about lost jobs attached to wind turbines when his government is currently implementing a policy which is expected to have a chilling effect on future development of the wind industry in the state. 26 Mar, 2011 Imported turbines threaten south-west workers SOUTH-WEST wind turbine manufacturer Keppel Prince is at the centre … Continue reading ‘Imported turbines threaten south-west workers’