Wind farms: guilty until proven otherwise?

Senators Xenophon and Madigan have introduced a bill that, if passed, will curb wind farm development – but it seems they are basing their push against wind on a 'guilty until proven innocent' ideology.

Recent reports show that coal-fired power stations are finding it difficult to operate in the new market environment with falling electricity demand, a carbon price and the renewable energy target. Meanwhile, as noted by the Productivity Commission last week, wind generation is an "increasingly important source of power" in the National Electricity Market, highlighted by news of the first turbines turning at Australia’s largest wind farm to date, the 420 MW Macarthur wind farm.

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