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

Setting price will create ‘34,000 jobs’

From The Age, Adam Morton. Some key quotes: The new jobs would be concentrated in the state’s Western District, central highlands and the Mallee. More than 1500 jobs created in wind and geothermal energy in the south-west around Warrnambool, Portland and Hamilton. ■ Nearly 1200 new jobs relating to building and running large-scale solar plants in the Mallee. ■ About 600 new jobs in wind in the central highlands around Ballarat and Bendigo. Setting price will create ‘34,000 jobs’ February 28, 2011 A CARBON price aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 25 per cent by 2020 could help create … Continue reading Setting price will create ‘34,000 jobs’

most locals in SW VIC praise wind farms in Senate inquiry submissions

The following comes from the Portland Observer. Journalist: Bill Meldrum, 14/2/11 THE vast majority of submissions from lower south-west residents to a Senate inquiry on the social and economic impacts of rural wind farms are glowing in their praise of the sector. Submissions to the inquiry being heard by the Senate’s community affairs committee closed late last week, with more than 200 written submissions received. The Committee for Portland is understood to be lodging a late written submission, but is also likely to have its representatives appear before the committee at a public hearing. The inquiry was initiated by Family … Continue reading most locals in SW VIC praise wind farms in Senate inquiry submissions

‘Solar panel project powers ahead’ in Portland

From the Portland Observer PORTLAND district’s move towards a greater reliance on solar energy for domestic power has taken a major step forward with the first formal agreements signed this week between Keppel Prince Engineering and about 170 Portland homeowners. As part of the Portland Sustainability Group’s bulk solar purchase, Keppel Prince will soon begin site inspections for homeowners who have agreed to pay as little as $2200 to buy a Chinese-made solar panel and have it installed on their roof. Signed contract letters dated the end of November are now being returned to Keppel Prince, the first step in … Continue reading ‘Solar panel project powers ahead’ in Portland

Wind tower firm threatens interstate move

The following is a news report from ABC Western Victoria. Wind tower firm threatens interstate move Portland wind tower manufacturer Keppel Prince could move its business interstate because of the Victorian Coalition Government’s wind farm policy. The company recently won a $27 million contract to build towers for the Macarthur wind farm, which is expected to create hundreds of jobs. General manager Steve Garner says parts of the Coalition’s wind farm policy, like the minimum turbine set-back distance, could mean fewer new wind farms are built. He says Keppel Prince could relocate to New South Wales. “If Victoria does stall … Continue reading Wind tower firm threatens interstate move

new contract for Keppel Prince to produce wind towers

Premier John Brumby has announced a new contract for Keppel Prince in Portland to produce wind towers for the Macarthur Wind Farm in the state’s south-west, which will secure around local 100 jobs. At the launch Mr Brumby said (from the Premier’s media release): “The $1 billion Macarthur Wind Farm will be the largest in the southern hemisphere. “Labor’s wind energy policy is keeping jobs in regional Victoria – in stark contrast to the Liberal Party’s wind farm policy, which would drive investment and jobs, such as these at Keppel Prince, interstate. “Under the Victorian Climate Change White Paper, released … Continue reading new contract for Keppel Prince to produce wind towers