How Close Can They Put That Wind Farm?

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Our friends over at RenewEconomy found this wonderful image that highlights the absurdity that is the regulations surrounding the proximity to a residential location various power generation installations can be built. 

Guess which one is forced furthest away?

Today’s graph of the day was plucked from a Facebook page and is believed to have come from a CSG campaigner in Gippsland. We like it because it highlights some of the absurdities about set-back rules in the state of Victoria, and elsewhere for that matter.

New wind farms must be set back at least 2kms from the nearest household, which is kind of ironic given that coal-fired power stations can be sited within 1km, and a gas well within 100m – a hot topic right now given the proliferation of coal seam gas (CSG) projects along the eastern seaboard.


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3 thoughts on “How Close Can They Put That Wind Farm?

  • Putting absurd no-go zones 2km in radius round houses leaves an awful lot of Australia available for wind farms. In England (not so much Scotland), France and Germany it would leave hardly anything, once you deduct national parks. It’s odd that Australia should be home to the most hysterical NIMBY anti-wind campaigns. The Murdoch press helps no doubt.

  • How is a coal plant quieter or less of an eye sour than a wind turbine tower (can be twice as close). Or a oil rig, 20 times closer than wind, 5 times closer than dogs! LOL

  • “If it wasn’t there when I was born, I don’t like it”

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