petition to support the Macedon Ranges community-owned wind project

The following petition was organised in support of the proposal to establish a community owned wind energy project in the Macedon Ranges. Details on the proposal available here. Given the intention by the Victorian government to declare ‘no go’ zones for wind energy across a range of broadly defined regions, including the Macedon Ranges, we need to be able to demonstrate there is strong community support for this venture. The proposed location seems perfect – it is within a pine plantation about 6 kms south of Woodend, and close to the grid. Please email your name and address and postcode … Continue reading petition to support the Macedon Ranges community-owned wind project

small scale, on site wind energy greening up ski resorts in North America

This article, by Kristen Lummis, has a number of salient points for people interested in local renewable energy. Unlike in Australia, a growing number of resorts in North America and elsewhere are moving down the path of producing their own energy to run their operations. Many of them are using turbines. And the turbines are proving to be tourist draw cards. Maybe we could start thinking outside the box when it comes to reducing the environmental footprint of our resorts while also driving greater decentralisation of energy supply? Having a turbine in the background is a good reminder that the … Continue reading small scale, on site wind energy greening up ski resorts in North America

Victorian vineyard runs off wind power

This story is a great example of locally produced wind power. The Elgo Estate vineyard in the Strathbogie Ranges has a 150kW wind turbine which has been erected on site to serve as the winery’s main source of electricity. The following is lifted directly from their website and covers their approach to sustainability. About us Elgo Estate has over 50 hectares of vineyards, featuring Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon and Cabernet Franc. A new winery which employs traditional winemaking methods complimented by environmental and technological assets allowing production of superb wines. The Elgo Estate … Continue reading Victorian vineyard runs off wind power

BREAZE supports local farmer in bid to install renewable energy

BREAZE supports local farmer in bid to install renewable energy BREAZE (Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions) has thrown its support behind local farmer, Neville Oddie, and his plan to host three wind turbines on his farm in Chepstowe to generate six megawatts of renewable energy. “Neville is a BREAZE member doing his best to reduce emissions on his property and promote renewable energy,” said Andrew Bray, BREAZE Community Campaigner. “Every effort has been made to safeguard the environment and minimise disruption to neighbouring properties so we believe he deserves every opportunity to proceed with this visionary plan,” Mr. Bray … Continue reading BREAZE supports local farmer in bid to install renewable energy

Imagine an Australian government initiative to drive new investment in wind energy

Wind Powering America is a nationwide initiative designed to increase the use of wind energy across the United States by working with regional stakeholders. What is more remarkable about it is that it is driven by the U.S. government, through the Department of Energy’s Wind and Water Power Program. Imagine a similar, government-driven initiative here! It must be working, as it is driving a number of conservative writers and commentators crazy …. From their website: Wind Powering America is a commitment to dramatically increase the use of wind energy in the United States. Through its state Wind Working Groups, programs … Continue reading Imagine an Australian government initiative to drive new investment in wind energy

Woodend showing direction on wind farms

The following report comes from Barry Kennedy at the Macedon Ranges Leader. Woodend showing direction on wind farms THIS year’s Woodend Sustainable Living Festival will be an exercise in practising what you preach for the organisers, the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group. They hope more than 1000 will visit the festival this Saturday, double that of the inaugural event last year, and, like last year, there will be a range of exhibitors showcasing the latest in retrofitting ideas, permaculture and visits to nearby sustainable homes. Group president Ralf Thesing said this year’s event would also be about building momentum on a … Continue reading Woodend showing direction on wind farms

Another side of the wind energy story – supporting community renewable energy projects

“We have had a massive campaign of misinformation around here regarding the wind farm, largely spread by the Landscape Guardians”. A journalist from regional Victoria said to me this week. The story from Collector in NSW is a reminder that there is some very fearful and small minded thinking going on across rural Australia when it comes to renewable energy. . We think that it’s worth remembering there is another side to this story. We should recall that, to a large degree, the roll out of renewables has been a great story for regional areas – for land owners, local … Continue reading Another side of the wind energy story – supporting community renewable energy projects

Wind turbines: 13 million homes have the capacity, especially rural areas.

The following is an edited version of an article by Carrie Sturrock from Oregon Live, on the Small and Community Wind Conference and Exhibition recently held in Portland, Oregon. A nice pull-out quote: an estimated 13 million homes in America have the right wind and sufficient property for a small turbine. Wind turbines: 13 million homes have the capacity, especially rural areas. A  small wind turbine makes a big statement. Turbines are a powerful symbol of renewable energy. The simplicity of their design and function all but shouts “clean, green machine.” A visit to the Small and Community Wind Conference … Continue reading Wind turbines: 13 million homes have the capacity, especially rural areas.