Waubra Wednesday #7 – Locals tell their story about wind energy

In September, independent filmmaker Neil Barrett released a short documentary presenting the views of people living near one of Australia’s largest wind farms, located in Waubra, Victoria. The personal accounts Mr Barrett documents in The Way the Wind Blows demonstrates there is strong support … Continue reading Waubra Wednesday #7 – Locals tell their story about wind energy

Waubra Wednesday #6 – Locals tell their story about wind energy

WIND1_STORY_-_DEEP_HORIZONTAL_WIDE_F11671310_989459In September, independent filmmaker Neil Barrett released a short documentary presenting the views of people living near one of Australia’s largest wind farms, located in Waubra, Victoria.

The personal accounts Mr Barrett documents in The Way the Wind Blows demonstrates there is strong support for the wind farm within the Waubra community. The personal accounts tell a positive story and challenge the myths that have emerged about wind energy.

David Clarke is a councillor and Landcare volunteer who neighbours the Waubra wind farm. “We need to do something about our carbon footprint,” said Councillor Clake, “and to me [the wind farm] is a very logical thing to do.”

Clarke is right on this measure: The Waubra wind farm produces enough clean electricity for 143,000 households, more than enough to power Ballarat. The farm’s 128 wind turbines offset a massive 635,000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year which would have been generated by burning coal in the LaTrobe Valley.  Continue reading “Waubra Wednesday #6 – Locals tell their story about wind energy”

Waubra Wednesday #5 – The Stupefaction Gambit: “Community Acceptance Will Fuel Community Division”

Published by Etwas Luft. View original article. By Ketan Joshi, Research and Communications Officer at Infigen Energy. These views are his own.

Picture this: A man sits nervously in the witness stand, his hands bound by cuffs, his every move watched closely by a jury. A lawyer slowly steps up to him, and says:

“Sir, the evidence is irrefutable. You murdered Mr Wales, in cold blood”.

The accused smiles at the corner of his mouth.

“Hear this, my good man: you are wrong. It is Mr Wales who murdered me, and I shall avenge his crimes, mark my words!”

I call it the Stupefaction Gambit. If you stand accused of some wrongdoing, steel yourself, swallow your self-awareness, point at your accuser and accuse them of that same folly. In the ensuing chaos, the irrationality of your claim sneaks quietly past the other parties.

Recently, Neil Barrett, a film-maker from Victoria with an interest in renewable energy and a small share in the Hepburn community wind farm (also in Victoria) released a set of videos (condensed version below) interviewing residents near the Waubra Wind Farm.   Continue reading “Waubra Wednesday #5 – The Stupefaction Gambit: “Community Acceptance Will Fuel Community Division””

Waubra Wednesday #4 – Locals tell their story about wind energy

In September, independent filmmaker Neil Barrett released a short documentary presenting the views of people living near one of Australia’s largest wind farms, located in Waubra, Victoria. The personal accounts Mr Barrett documents in The Way the Wind Blows demonstrates there is strong support … Continue reading Waubra Wednesday #4 – Locals tell their story about wind energy

What will it take for facts to overcome fear about wind turbines?

Published by Environmental Law & Litigation. View original article by Dianne Saxe. People who actually live with and host wind turbines on their properties are rarely heard in the emotional debate on wind farms and health. Australian filmmaker and researcher Neil … Continue reading What will it take for facts to overcome fear about wind turbines?

Waubra Wednesday #3 – Locals tell their story about wind energy

In September, independent filmmaker Neil Barrett released a short documentary presenting the views of people living near one of Australia’s largest wind farms, located in Waubra, Victoria. The personal accounts Mr Barrett documents in The Way the Wind Blows demonstrates there is strong support … Continue reading Waubra Wednesday #3 – Locals tell their story about wind energy

Federal govt review could examine health impacts of all generators

By Ketan Joshi, Research and Communications Officer at Infigen Energy. These views are his own.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has wasted no time in excising “waste” from government. While climate programs have borne the brunt of the government’s cuts, one Coalition policy has been left untouched: their promise to conduct a full review into the health impacts of wind farms.

The blades of Australia’s first wind farm began turning 26 years ago, yet the hysteria over claimed wind farm health impacts is recent. The trajectory of how these fringe concerns came to take a central place in policymaking is worth examining. Continue reading “Federal govt review could examine health impacts of all generators”

Waubra Wednesday #2 – Locals tell their story about wind energy

In September, independent filmmaker Neil Barrett released a short documentary presenting the views of people living near one of Australia’s largest wind farms, located in Waubra, Victoria. The personal accounts Mr Barrett documents in The Way the Wind Blows demonstrates there is strong support … Continue reading Waubra Wednesday #2 – Locals tell their story about wind energy

Waubra Wednesday #1: Locals tell their story about wind energy

Last week, independent filmmaker Neil Barrett released a short documentary presenting the views of people living near one of Australia’s largest wind farms, located in Waubra, Victoria.

The personal accounts Mr Barrett documents in The Way the Wind Blows demonstrates there is strong support for the wind farm within the Waubra community. The personal accounts tell a positive story and challenge the myths that have emerged about wind energy.

Farmer Rod Brennan neighbours the Waubra wind farm–living just 700 metres away from turbines. “We’re a stones throw away from the Waubra wind farm…”, Brennan says in the clip below, ” we have absolutely no trouble with them at all.” What else does Mr Brennan have to say about living near a wind farm?… Watch the video below to find out.  Continue reading “Waubra Wednesday #1: Locals tell their story about wind energy”

Who opposes wind power and why do they do it?

Anti-wind farm activists

I have studied wind power as it is developing in Australia for more than ten years. In the early years of Australian wind power development – from the first wind farm at Esperance in 1987 to around ten years ago – there was practically no opposition to wind farms. Serious opposition is a phenomenon that has arisen in the last five years or so.

What is the opposition all about? Why do people oppose wind power? Can we say anything about the type of people who oppose wind power developments? Can we say what motivates them?

Continue reading “Who opposes wind power and why do they do it?”