Gone with the wind: planning laws blow away investment

With most Australian states showing little balance in their wind farm guidelines or little interest in their development, positive federal initiatives are having little impact. At least one state remains serious about the opportunity, however.

As the federal government rolls out funds to support the development of renewable energy, tough planning regulations are discouraging the development of wind farm projects in Victoria and New South Wales. The threat of similar rules in other states and territories has added to industry apprehension and is holding back investment in wind energy.


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