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Restrictive wind farm conditions threaten victoria’s renewable energy goals

Restrictive planning conditions imposed on the construction of the Willatook Wind Farm risk setting a disastrous precedent for future renewable energy development in Victoria that would jeopardise the state’s renewable energy and climate goals, according to the Clean Energy Council.

Clean Energy Council Director of Energy Generation and Storage, Dr Nicholas Aberle, said that the decision reveals the urgency of reform to address broader challenges affecting the confidence of investors and industry in responsibly developing new projects critical to climate action and the energy transition.

“The decision relies on draft brolga standards which have not been finalised or approved by government, and European standards developed for European bats.

“The arbitrary requirement for a five-month window in which construction is not allowed to proceed has been imposed without being evaluated through an already time-intensive Environmental Effects Statement process. This is not supported by evidence and is simply not workable in practice for any wind farm.”

Unpredictability from planning processes creates unnecessary risk for investors, which will affect decisions to support future project development, particularly where other jurisdictions are taking supportive action to expedite approvals processes.

“Industry are conscious of the importance of minimising the environmental impacts of clean energy projects, but without reform to approvals processes for these projects, we cannot effectively address the climate crisis that is threatening every single species and ecosystem on the planet.”

“The Clean Energy Council are in ongoing discussions with the Victorian Government to discuss how these challenges can be solved, so that this unfortunate outcome does not occur again, with little or no forewarning.”


For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:

Jane Aubrey
Clean Energy Council Public Affairs Manager
[email protected]
+61 409 470 683