Wentworth, Australia [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Last week in Australia, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Malcolm Turnbull, announced details of a working group to drive development of a national code for wind farms.
Mr. Turnbull said that the national code will provide a consistent and transparent framework for community consultation about the location and development of wind farms in Australia.
“Wind power certainly has a role in securing Australia’s energy future…it is therefore important that attention be given to finding sites that address both the wind availability requirements of wind developers and the concerns of local communities. With the development of a wind code, we are seeking a sensible balance of the relevant economic, environmental and social factors,” Turnbull said.
Establishment of the working group follows a discussion paper and roundtable with key stakeholders on developing the Australian Government’s proposed national code for the location of wind farms.
“While primary responsibility in these matters rests with state and territory governments, there should be a more consistent approach than currently exists across Australia,” Mr. Turnbull said.
The code should be finalized later this year.