Mortlake South Wind Farm to proceed

This release comes from the proponent, Acciona Energy. ACCIONA Energy has announced it is proceeding with the Mortlake South Wind Farm in south west Victoria. Andrew Thomson, ACCIONA Energy’s Director of Development, said “We are pleased to be proceeding with the next stages in the development of the Mortlake South Wind Farm”. A planning permit was issued by the Minister for Planning in October 2010 for the Mortlake South Wind Farm at a site located 5 km south of Mortlake. “Over the next 12 months, ACCIONA Energy will prepare a Development Plan for the Mortlake South Wind Farm as required … Continue reading Mortlake South Wind Farm to proceed

Addressing public concerns about wind power

A new research paper from the UK-based Centre for Sustainable Energy re-visits many of the myths about wind power. As CSE says “Wind turbines are beautiful to some, monstrous to others; but shouldn’t we be able to debate the issues in an informed and constructive way?” Thanks to Dave Clarke for spotting this one. CSE research paper aims to raise level of debate CSE has today published a research paper that addresses some of the misconceptions surrounding wind energy. ‘Common concerns about wind power’ draws on peer-reviewed articles and government-funded analysis, and was written in response to requests from community … Continue reading Addressing public concerns about wind power

What kills more birds – Waubra wind farm or two feral cats?

I’m a keen bird watcher and so am interested in the impact of wind farms on bird life. I asked Acciona for statistics on the number of bird fatalities at Waubra and got the following response: ACCIONA implements a comprehensive bird monitoring program at the Waubra Wind Farm in accordance with Avifauna Management Plan which was approved by the Minister for Planning in October 2006. This Plan was supported by extensive bird surveys of the site prior to commissioning of the wind farm. The first year of bird mortality searches at the Waubra Wind Farm were completed in 2010. Dead … Continue reading What kills more birds – Waubra wind farm or two feral cats?

what’s the bigger threat to birds – climate change or wind farms?

Another aspect of the bird/ wind farm debate comes from Birds Australia, well known as being a passionate advocate for the protection of birds and the habitats on which they depend. Their mission is: “to halt the loss of our native birds. To do this we must protect what is left of our native vegetation and restore environmental health to our landscapes by repairing what has been degraded and replacing what has been lost”. And as they note, Australia’s birds face unprecedented challenges to their survival from a range of sources, notably habitat destruction, feral predators, and climate change. BA … Continue reading what’s the bigger threat to birds – climate change or wind farms?

‘Where climate and conservation collide’ – wind farms & wedge-tailed eagles

The following article comes from the Sydney Morning Herald and looks at wind farm impacts on wedge-tailed eagles around one wind farm in north-west Tasmania. It hardly paints a comforting picture in terms of the impacts on this species, although does note the attempts at reducing bird kill at the Woolnorth  farm. Needless to say Tasmania is something of a special case when it comes to this species, and likely impacts on birdlife will be considered with all the windfarms in Victoria mentioned in this article. While everything should be done to reduce impacts of wind farms on individual bird … Continue reading ‘Where climate and conservation collide’ – wind farms & wedge-tailed eagles

wind farms and bird kill

One of the enduring myths often raised by anti wind farm campaigners is that wind farms will cause massive death rates of birds. For instance at the wind farm ‘information’ session held in late November in Sunbury it was said that the possible wind farm near Gisborne South would probably take out the Wedgetail Eagles that frequent the area. A number of people we have spoken with in the course of our travels around Victoria who don’t like wind farms (but who aren’t outright climate deniers or sceptics) have relied on the ‘bird kill’ argument. And many of these people … Continue reading wind farms and bird kill