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

NewEn to appeal decision not to extend planning permit

25 November 2011 NewEn Press Release You may be aware that our application for a four-month extension to our planning permit for the Salt Creek Wind Farm (near Woorndoo) was rejected in a 4/3 vote by the Councillors of the Moyne Shire Council at Tuesday’s meeting. Obviously we are very disappointed by the decision – which would have enabled us to start construction of the wind farm by March 2012 – and have decided to appeal.  The development of the project has taken a long time so far, however we are concluding the final requirements right now and feel it … Continue reading NewEn to appeal decision not to extend planning permit

update on costs of Victorian government wind 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. In September, FoE released it’s initial estimate of lost and stalled investment under this policy. The figure at that point was up to $955 million investment and up to 580 direct jobs in construction, 57 on-going jobs, and 1,274 indirect jobs. This all happened within a month of … Continue reading update on costs of Victorian government wind policy

‘Vital vote on Woorndoo wind farm’

The following comes from the Warrnambool Standard, Journalist is Matt Neal, 21 Nov, 2011. Planning minister Matthew Guy has recently approved an extension of permits for two other projects in the Moyne Shire. It will be interesting to see how he responds to this one. Vital vote on Woorndoo wind farm A PROPOSED wind farm at Woorndoo is under threat with Moyne Shire councillors to vote tomorrow on whether to grant the developers an extension on their construction starting date. Work on the Salt Creek Wind Energy Facility (WEF) was supposed to have started by November 4 according to the … Continue reading ‘Vital vote on Woorndoo wind farm’