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?

Greens MP: 2km buffer for turbines ‘silly and arbitrary’

From the Melton Weekly, by Neelima Choahan, 05 Apr, 2011 Turbine buffer limit ‘silly, arbitrary’ A TWO-kilometre buffer zone for wind farms will not protect houses from excessive noise, according to Victorian Greens MP Greg Barber. Speaking to the Weekly, the upper house MP said the figure identified by the state government as part of changes announced last month was a “silly, arbitrary number”. “I could be upwind behind a hill with a six-lane freeway between me and the wind farm and still be two kilometres away,” he said. Mr Barber’s comments come in the wake of a Senate inquiry … Continue reading Greens MP: 2km buffer for turbines ‘silly and arbitrary’