By Spectator-Observer Partnership-4th Sep 2006 Originally written by Bill Meldrum Cape Bridgewater residents are gearing up for a campaign against Pacific Hydro's proposed powerline route for the second stage of the Portland Wind Energy Project. It follows the leaking and circulation of terse correspondence made last year by Pacific Hydro project co-ordinator Danny Halstead in … Continue reading Power Play Cape Bridgewater Residents Oppose Pacific Hydro’s Proposed Powerline Route- 2006
2nd August 2020 by Daniel Miles-ABC South West Vic Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-02/victorian-farmer-ploughs-message-to-ausnet-powerlines-myrniong/12516126 Farmer Peter Muir normally grows canola, wheat and barley in this western Victorian paddock(Supplied: Moorabool And Central Highlands Power Alliance) A western Victorian farmer has taken a plough to one of his most productive paddocks to send a message to the company behind a … Continue reading Victorian Farmer Ploughs Message To Ausnet Over Powerline Project Into Myrniong Paddock
'Moorabool Shire Mayor David Edwards said the council was pushing for the powerlines to go underground. "For council to say, 'We just want the project to go away', that's not reality," he said. "The project will go ahead … but what we've got to do is make sure it's the least impact to the community. "The negative impact shouldn't be borne by regional Victoria just to feed metropolitan Melbourne. We've been very clear about that."' by Lisa Martin-ABC Ballarat.
'Household solar panel systems could be turned on and off under State Government instructions in a bid to avert statewide blackouts predicted as early as this spring, a new report shows. The unprecedented move is being triggered by concerns from the national energy market operator that South Australia’s world-leading take-up of solar panels is making the grid unstable'.-Matt Smith, The Advertiser.
Troubled teenagers demanding an all wind and sun powered future are setting themselves up for an almighty toxic shock, with hundreds of millions of wind turbine blades destined for landfill.
As Steve St. Angelo reports from the USA, wind turbine blades are non-recyclable due to the fact that they are a complex composite of highly toxic plastics, comprising fiberglass, epoxy, polyvinyl chloride foam, polyethylene terephthalate foam, balsa wood, and polyurethane coatings.
Already, thousands of 45-70m blades are being ground up and mixed with concrete used in the bases of other turbines erected later or simply dumped in landfill. Which should worry locals: the plastics in the blades are highly toxic, and contain Bisphenol A, which is so dangerous to health that the European Union and Canada have banned it.
When an ‘industry’ presents itself as being purer than driven snow, it’s understandable that the proletariat might be just a…
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19 September 2019 By Andrew Thomson- The Warrnambool Standard Calls for guarantees: Member for Polwarth Richard Riordan has asked the state energy minister to assure Great Ocean Road residents they will have power and safety. Energy Minister Lily D'Ambrosio has been called on to reassure the Apollo Bay community it will have a reliable power … Continue reading ‘New Bushfire Safety System Causing Too Many Power Outages, Switched Off’.
'A group, including affected farmers, will take on planning minister Richard Wynne and the project's proponent West-wind Energy at trial after the $1.5 billion Golden Plains wind farm northwest of Geelong was ticked off by the state and federal governments. Objector Hamish Cumming, and Rokewood farmers Adam Walton and Kellie Walton, who are also behind the challenge, say the number of turbines included in the project should be reduced from 228 to about 130 to protect the brolga bird that breed in the area.'-Chad Van Estrop-Geelong Advertiser.
The underlying problem with solar and wind is that they are too unreliable and energy-dilute. Solar and wind farms require between 400 and 750 times more land than nuclear and natural gas plants. As we approach the limits of renewables, it seems inevitable that, over time, Democratic politicians will increasingly point to nuclear energy as the centerpiece of their plans for saving the climate, not solar panels and wind turbines.
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Mariana Alves-Pereira holds a B.Sc. in Physics (State University of New York at Stony Brook), a M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering (Drexel University) and a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences (New University of Lisbon). She joined the multidisciplinary research team investigating the biological response to infrasound and low frequency noise in 1988, and has been the team’s Assistant Coordinator since 1999. Recipient of three scientific awards, and author and co-author of over 50 scientific publications (including peer-reviewed and conference presentations), Dr. Alves-Pereira is…
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Tasmania – Australia’s offshore wind farm? -Guest post by Tom Quirk and Paul Miskelly. Is it possible that Tasmania could become Australia’s offshore wind farm? A proposal by UPC Renewables  an international developer of wind farms, suggests that a 1000 MW wind farm could play on important role in moderating the intermittent supply of electricity from renewable resources.