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New South Wales Renewable Energy Guidelines aim to prevent small scale wind energy!

“The Guidelines place incredibly strenuous conditions on the development of wind farms that are
not faced by any other kind of development.

“They appear to have been produced to appease the small anti-wind farm lobby rather than achieving outcomes for the whole community,”

NSW wind farm guidelines shaft clean energy, Green Left,   February 16, 2012 The draft planning guidelines for wind farms in NSW, which are now open for public comment, have been labelled inconsistent, too restrictive and politically motivated by environment group Friends of the Earth.

“These guidelines talk about NSW planning to help Australia meet its the 20% by 2020 Renewable Energy Target, but at the same time could pose severe restrictions on the options available to achieve that,” said Ben Courtice, renewable energy campaigner for Friends of the Earth.
“The Guidelines refer to a NSW Renewable Energy Action Plan to be released in 2012, but pre-empt any such planning by placing a severe restriction on wind farms. The guidelines admit that wind energy is the cheapest form of renewable energy.”

Friends of the Earth has criticised the guidelines for adopting an
arbitrary 2kilometre setback between wind farms and residences,
similar to Victoria’s 2011 laws that have seen wind developers begin
to leave the state.

“These guidelines are not just too strict, but lack consistency in
approach,” Courtice said.

“They introduce a 35 decibel limit on noise from turbines – five
decibels below anywhere else in Australia, ten or more decibels below
countries in Europe with much higher population density and more
turbines……
“The Guidelines place incredibly strenuous conditions on the
development of wind farms that are not faced by any other kind of
development.

“They will hinder small and community-initiated projects that can help
local communities attain energy independence. By creating high fixed
costs of development, they may ensure that only large wind farms will
be built.

“They appear to have been produced to appease the small anti-wind farm
lobby rather than achieving outcomes for the whole community,”
Courtice concluded.

Friends of the Earth encourages community members to make a submission
to the Guidelines supporting policy based on science rather than
politics. For details on how to do this and for more information on
the Guidelines visit yes2renewables.org.
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/50046

February 17, 2012 - Posted by | New South Wales, secrets and lies |

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