Articles from Australia
With the carbon tax potentially to be scrapped when the new Senate sits after July, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and other senior Coalition figures have increasingly set their sights on the mandated target for renewable energy, blaming it for forcing up power prices.
The No Tas Wind Farm group claims Hydro Tasmania did not have broad community support for its $2 billion project and it should not go ahead.
The first Mt Mercer Wind Farm turbine only began generating power last November 19. Two months later, 15 of its planned 64 turbines are up and running – and residents who live close by are cautiously awaiting the wind farm hitting full capacity.
Doctor Mauri Johansson says the wind industry is so powerful that it's managed to have negative research suppressed and has used its influence to prevent fresh research. "In the Nordic countries, the wind turbine industry has been successful to hide all these informations. We know already from the 1980s, in USA, very serious research was done showing clearly that people get ill but that was buried totally in the late 80s by the industry. It seems then nothing has been done on the medical side. They have shunted out also in Denmark the health authorities both centrally and in local communities."
The National Health and Medical Research Council began its review of so-called ''wind-turbine syndrome'' in September 2012 and the results are expected to be released in ''coming months''. Prime Minister Tony Abbott told commercial radio this month that research should be refreshed "from time to time" to consider whether there were "new facts that impact on old judgments".
Hamish Cumming, a mechanical engineer and farmer whose Darlington property is near two other proposed wind farm projects, alleges incorrect information about the brolgas flocking and nesting near Chepstowe and Mt Gellibrand was knowingly provided to and accepted by the Department of Sustainability and Environment (now Department of Environment and Primary Industries), with staff gagged if they expressed concern.
Meanwhile, a purpose- built, gas-fired power station, designed to step in during peak demand is running at full capacity, according to operator Origin Energy. The region’s wind farms have been unable to alleviate demand pressures. A spokeswoman for AGL said the company’s 140 turbine Macarthur wind farm had limited output because of weather conditions.
"From time to time we do need to refresh the research; we do need to consider whether there have been new facts that impact on old judgments, and that is a perfectly reasonable thing to do. From time to time we do need to refresh the research; we do need to consider whether there have been new facts that impact on old judgments. It is some years since the NHMRC last looked at this issue: why not do it again?"
Australia could delay its mandated target for renewable energy use in a compromise option being considered by the Abbott government as it faces growing internal demands to scrap the policy completely. ...The prime minister, Tony Abbott, signalled before Christmas that the target could be wound back or the scheme scrapped, saying lower power prices are the government’s primary goal and the rationale for the RET no longer exists.
The winds of change have blown through plans for a wind farm at Palmer, as dozens of proposed turbines have been moved and a planning application pushed back to February in response to community feedback.
Maurice Newman also says climate change policies driven by "scientific delusion" have been a major factor in the collapse of Australia's manufacturing sector. Mr Newman said protection of climate change policies and the renewable energy industry by various state governments smacked of a "cover-up". Mr Newman's comments follow those of Dow Chemicals chairman and chief executive Andrew Liveris, who said Australia was losing its natural advantage of abundant and cheap energy.
The Department of Planning’s decision to recommend the approval of a 43-turbine wind farm at Flyers Creek, 20 kilometres south of Orange, has ended years of uncertainty for the group opposing the $195 million development.
Recently retired Liberal MP Alby Schultz has pledged to lobby his former colleagues to place greater restrictions on wind energy, after being appointed the first patron of anti-wind group the Waubra Foundation. “Some sections of the media are blinded by the propaganda put out by those sympathetic to renewable energy. I’m disturbed by politicians at state and federal level for not undertaking their statutory duties.”
An anti-wind farm lobby group in southern New South Wales wants the State Government to freeze a controversial wind farm proposal. In September, the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure recommended conditional approval of a 63 turbine farm near Collector village, between Canberra and Goulburn.
The letter, sent to eight properties, warned that development consent was not a defence against possible legal action and recommended recipients seek legal advice. Mr Hodgson said he had been advised by his lawyers that there was "extensive" precedent to sue his neighbours should the turbines prove a nuisance, and that he would seek damages.
“Bullying those who are speaking out and persistently shooting the messenger, and displaying his ignorance of the predictable health consequences of exposure to night time low frequency noise is only ruining Prof Chapman's previously wonderful reputation as an advocate for tobacco harm reduction,” she said.
Member for Hume Angus Taylor says rural land owners who’ve had their properties devalued by neighbouring wind farms deserve to be compensated. His comments come follow the publication of a preliminary report into the issue, which showed properties across the region that adjoined either energy developments or proposed energy developments had seen 33 to 60 per cent write downs.
Rural landholders across Australia may face a disappearing pool of buyers and plummeting values of up to 60 per cent because of neighbouring wind farms, a new, independent report has established. Most reports so far have not produced evidence that rural land holdings have been impaired by wind turbine development. However, registered valuer Peter Reardon has compiled a 30-page dossier on the impacts of wind farms on adjoining or nearby rural farms.
Federal government approval for the Glen Innes Sapphire Wind Farm has been delayed once again, following requests by the Abbott government for additional information. The 159-turbine wind farm, located between Glen Innes and Inverell, was given the go-ahead by the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure on June 26 and was expected to gain federal consent on Tuesday, after the decision was initially extended six weeks from its original August 13 deadline.
Residents are desperately trying to convince council and others that wind turbine sickness isn’t a psychological oddity as suggested by academics. Neither the health community or the government say there is any evidence supporting their claims. But at least a dozen people described waking up in the early hours suffering from vibrations and dizziness they claim is caused by the giant AGL-operated wind energy plant near Macarthur.