24.6 C
Byron Shire
May 8, 2021

Report challenges hostility to wind power

Latest News

Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

Other News

Rous County Dam

Jo Faith, Newtown Strong objections to the proposed development of this dam have been articulated by the Indigenous Heritage First...

Council won’t save our beach

Cr Jan Hackett, Byron Bay Byron Shire Council refuses to take any action to save our once world-class beach, until...

Northern Star dimming under Murdoch shadow

As democracy advocates and journalists around the world did their best to acknowledge World Press Freedom Day on May 3, in regional Australia, The Northern Star was dimming.

Miracles left, right and centre?

It's emerged Scott Morrison had used a taxpayer-funded VIP jet to attend a Pentecostal conference on the Gold Coast.

What’s going on with gas?

David Lowe According to the prime minister, we’re in the midst of a ‘gas-led recovery’. Until about five minutes ago,...

Is hydrogen part of a sustainable energy future?

There’s a lot to like about hydrogen. For starters, it’s abundant. Hydrogen can store excess renewable power. When liquified, it’s more energy intense than fossil alternatives. In a fuel cell, it can generate electricity. When it’s burned, the only by-product is water.

The NSW government has been urged to drop its ‘irrational antagonism to wind energy generation’ following the call this week by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for urgent action to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Greens NSW MP John Kaye said the IPCC’s demands should put yet more pressure on the NSW Coalition government to drop its opposition to renewable energy such as wind power, which he said that ‘along with energy efficiency, is the most cost-effective emissions abatement measure available in the NSW electricity industry’.

‘Despite the opportunity to build a new industry that creates jobs and economic growth in rural and regional NSW, the O’Farrell government has done everything it can to stymie the development of wind farms,’ Dr Kaye said.

‘The threat of the draft wind planning guidelines has created huge uncertainty for potential investors who are running away from NSW.

‘Dumping existing development proposals into a much more hostile planning regime has convinced international wind companies that, under the O’Farrell government, NSW is open to every business except renewable energy.

‘There are 27 wind farms proposed for NSW and almost all of them are stalled.

‘The technology could create 4,000 new jobs, bring $7.2 billion of investment and cut 28 per cent off the carbon footprint of the state’s electricity industry.

‘Despite the massive benefits, the O’Farrell government has only approved one wind farm in the three years it has been in office.

‘The NSW coalition is driven by a small minority of anti-wind fanatics and a desperate desire to protect coal and gas fired power generation.

‘The O’Farrell government is happy for the opportunity for tens of thousands of new jobs in renewable energy to disappear overseas and NSW’s economy to remain dangerously carbon intensive.

‘The barriers to transition to 100 percent renewable energy are no longer technical or economic. They are political.

‘The O’Farrell government irrational opposition to wind energy is standing in the way of jobs and action on climate change, he said.


John Kaye

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. I read this article with intense interest. It would appear that the greens are going to raise solar to an election issue in Victoria (Naptheine take note). There is no better way to galvanise voters when they’re hit in their hip pocket nerve, No one wants to pay more for electricity for the act of voting Liberal. The 3 east coast premiers Newman, O’farrell & Naptheine really need a wake up call, they’re so set in the old school ways, looking after their mates in the utility industry, So sick. Is this the governments that our fathers thought that we should inherit, What about our children & our grandchildren. We really should grasp Solar-Wind with both hands. Of course there nothing to stop people installing there own Solar = Disconection, which is the death knell for the electricity providers……………………………..

  2. Still with your climate blame exaggeration are we?
    Science is NOT 100% certain that THE END IS NEAR and has been only 95% certain for 32 years so it’s the world of science that we need absolute certainty from, NOT the consensus of a goose stepping mob of you determined “believers”.

  3. Hmmmm, 95% certain after 32 years, I don’t think I need to say more, You’ve got it wrong, the goose steppers are running around the liberal camp…………………………


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

Upside down river

Tim Harrington, Lennox Head Letter contributor Richard White (letters 21/4/21) quite correctly identifies the Richmond River as an ‘upside down river’ and nowhere is this more...

Ballina Dragons’ great results at Urunga

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is a group of paddling people from all walks of life who enjoy being out on the water having fun and keeping fit.