Articles from Australia
Hamish Cumming will continue his fight in the Victorian Court of Appeal on June 15 as he seeks to have the $1.5 billion Golden Plains wind farm, planned for Rokewood northwest of Geelong, revised to about 130 turbines. Mr Cumming said buffer zones around brolga breeding and flocking areas near the Golden Plains wind farm had been applied incorrectly by developer Westwind.
Goldwind Australia took the reins on the Dalveen-based project in early 2018, which first became a realisation under the stewardship of Brisbane-based businessman Tim Lucas. Since the takeover, there has no been no news on when or if the project will go ahead. More damning still, there’s no trace of the project on Goldwind Australia’s website which lists their projects that are in operation, construction or planning phases.
About 200 workers are in limbo after work on Australia's largest wind farm arm stalled, with the company responsible for installing the 126 turbines suffering "frustrating" delays securing a Queensland d building licence.
Forest Wind, the proposed wind farm project to be built between Maryborough and Gympie, already has opposition from some Fraser Coast residents.
But commission chairman John Pierce said the current methodology created a price signal to encourage generators to build in better-connected areas to the grid. "For the market to operate effectively, prices and economic signals need to reflect the physics of what’s happening in the [energy grid]," he said. "Consumers shouldn’t have the cost of individual business decisions simply transferred to them."
Here in Renewables-World downunder, most people don’t know the grid has barely scraped through the last two weeks. We almost lost an Aluminium smelter, came close to a statewide blackout and South Australia is (possibly) still islanded from the rest of the National Grid. The AEMO held a crisis meeting yesterday but this trouble started Friday week ago in what was described as a “white knuckle event” by energy analyst, Paul McArdle at WattClarity.
Production stoppages at wind farms with a collective capacity of more than 900 megawatts have added to problems plaguing renewable energy ventures in the National Electricity Market, due to grid bottlenecks and instability.
Now it has issued new operating guidelines, warning that the imports from Victoria via the remaining Murraylink connector will be constrained to zero, and 23 different wind, solar and gas generators could be constrained to zero output if South Australia’s minimum demand falls below 800MW. ...This highlights the fact that rooftop solar is largely uncontrolled by AEMO, and so it is the large scale renewable installations that have to make way. In this situation, it is causing a headache for the grid operator, and it underlines why AEMO has been pushing for new measures and mechanisms that allows it to have some sort of control over the output of rooftop solar, now totalling more than 10GW in Australia on more than 2.2 million rooftops.
During the forum it was highlighted how townspeople are allowed 2km distances, plus 10 metres for every metre increase in turbine height. "Areas 'zoned areas for wind farms' are still basically everywhere rural except for a few selected areas like Barossa Preservation District," Mrs Morris said. "Basically little change from (former SA planning Minister) John Rau's wind farm rules from 2011/12."
The State Planning Commission hosted a public forum in Eudunda on December 4 for members of the community interested in understanding more about the proposed changes to the renewable energy policies in the new planning system. The session provided an opportunity to understand how existing renewable energy policies are being updated in the Planning and Design Code to keep pace with new and more efficient energy infrastructure.
The property belonging to Mr Johnson and his family will be one of three residential Waituna Rd properties to fall under the “shadow” of RES’ proposed $450 million Dulacca wind farm, with some of the closest turbines to be built just over two kilometres from his back door.
It’s good to know that wind turbine blades are a bird’s best friend, or something like that. I’m citing “fun facts” on the website of Synergy, Western Australia’s state-owned electricity generator. Synergy operations include half a dozen WA wind farms, mostly coastal. Synergy claims, correctly, that its fun facts “may blow your mind.” Fun Fact No. 9 is illustrated with a pic of Sesame Street’s Big Bird, pop-eyed with delight about wind turbines’ blade-and-splatter prospects. The caption reads (author’s emphasis)
Renewable energy advocates have been left disappointed after a proposed wind farm on the NSW Southern Tablelands was rejected because of the visual impact on residents.
"The community raised a number of significant concerns about the visual impacts of the project on surrounding residences and the cumulative effect of wind farm projects with residences potentially able to view wind turbines in multiple viewing sectors," the Commission noted. "The community expressed concern that wind farm projects will transform the landscape from an attractive rural landscape towards an industrial landscape dominated by wind turbines."
Instead of creating investor certainty, the federal government has adopted a “picking winners” approach. It plans to build new generation assets such as the Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro project, and subsidise others through a program of underwriting investments. Alongside this, the government’s proposed “big stick” laws would give it vast powers including those to break up big energy companies. Our research has confirmed this has a chilling effect on investment.
Wind farm turbines should be setback at least 1500 metres from a property's boundary fence, Moyne Shire councillors say.
A 60-tonne truck has rolled over near Bothwell, in Tasmania's central highlands, leaving a 68-metre-long wind turbine blade that costs $300,000 across the road.
It's estimated the blade came adrift around 6:40pm, the same time as the storm passed through the area. It's not yet known if the storm caused the turbine to break. The Lal Lal Windfarm consists of 60 Vestas V136-3.6 MW. The 228 MW facility was placed in service around June 2019.
In Tasmania, 10 new wind farms are proposed or under construction, adding to a number of existing major turbine sites, three of which have killed at least 37 eagles since 2002. There are fears the wind farm boom will push endangered species such as the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle, swift parrot and orange-bellied parrot closer to extinction.