Choice: renewables vs fossils

NSW wind guidelines: limiting energy choices?

The NSW Planning & Infrastructure department is calling for submissions on the Draft NSW Planning Guidelines: Wind Farms which were released on December 23. The Guidelines can be downloaded here and an accompanying “Questions and Answers” document here. We encourage … Continue reading NSW wind guidelines: limiting energy choices?

Communities rally to save Vic renewable energy industries

Friends of the Earth press release, Thursday 29 September 2011 Community and environment groups in Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Melbourne protested today against Premier Ted Baillieu’s anti-renewable energy policies announced at the beginning of September. Ben Courtice, Renewable Energy campaigner at Friends of the Earth, condemned the loss of 1900 Victorian jobs as a result of the new wind farm planning laws Baillieu introduced on August 29 2011. “The jobs we’re missing out on include skilled trades and engineering positions in regional areas of Victoria that would really appreciate the benefits,” Courtice said. “Groups hoping to build small community-owned wind … Continue reading Communities rally to save Vic renewable energy industries

‘Wind Energy, Myths and facts’ animated film released.

A reminder of the bigger picture: renewables vs fossil fuels ‘Wind Energy, Myths and facts’ is a short animated film which has been created in response to the common myths and confusions that threaten the future development of wind farms. Wind farms have been seen by some as being invasive and even threatening to public health. By separating science from speculation, this film aims to reduce the spread of anxieties associated with wind turbines. It was also made with the hope that in considering individual wind farm proposals, we will remember that the current health and environmental impacts of burning … Continue reading ‘Wind Energy, Myths and facts’ animated film released.

NSW government moving on wind

The NSW government is drafting new guidelines for wind turbines, as outlined in the article reproduced below from the Crookwell Gazette. We don’t know what the outcome will be, but as Premier O’Farrell has stated his opinion that no further wind farms should be approved in the state, renewables supporters have reason to be nervous. Currently the NSW Planning Assessment Commission is considering changes. We hope that the current NSW planning guidelines (which include the world’s strictest noise standards for turbines) are not abandoned for arbitrary setback distances and exclusion zones (as has been promised by the Victorian state government). … Continue reading NSW government moving on wind

Planning Minister claims at odds with Senate Committe

Media release 27 June 2011 FRIENDS OF THE EARTH Planning Minister claims at odds with Senate Committee The recent ‘Fielding’ Inquiry into the wind industry was expected by some to deliver a strong censure of the wind energy, however the final report was widely received as being measured and reasonable in its recommendations. The committee resisted the calls for a moratorium on development or to impose arbitrary setback distances between houses and turbines, both of which were demanded by anti-wind activists. Echoing the outcomes of Victorian and NSW Parliamentary Inquiries, a review by the National Health and Medical Research Council … Continue reading Planning Minister claims at odds with Senate Committe