What happened to good clean energy policy?

Wind farm developments in Victoria and NSW have dried up on the back of onerous guidelines – but this is no more than a symbol of knee-jerk clean energy policy in Australia.

Victoria’s wind power sector is in a state of flux. After a strong run-up in capacity over the past few years, led by the 192 MW Waubra wind farm, plans for development have been curbed in the wake of new government guidelines – an all too familiar story for the clean energy sector.

The new Baillieu government requirements, introduced last year, sees wind farms banned from many areas of the state as well as offering homeowners the right to veto any development within two kilometers of their house.



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