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    2018 - 07.03

    UNCERTAINTY over federal government incentives for shelved renewable energy projects in south-west Victoria could be resolved within weeks, Wannon MP Dan Tehan has predicted.
    Nanjing Night Net

    Several multi-million-dollar wind farms, gas-fired power stations and geothermal drilling have been on hold since the Coalition government early last year put the brakes on renewable energy target certificates (RETs) which provided valuable incentives.

    The government’s review has dragged on for months.

    Mr Tehan, whose electorate incorporates a large slice of Victoria’s renewable energy producers, told The Standard this week a resolution was on the horizon.

    “It’s my hope there will be an announcement on RETs by the end of April,” he said.

    The issue has been a tussle between the government’s cost-cutting measures and environmentalists and clean energy industry companies.

    In a sign of renewed movement in the industry Spanish-based company Enerfin this week gained planning approval from Northern Grampians Shire Council for a 63-turbine project near Stawell under the old two-kilometre setback rule.

    Enerfin’s Australian spokesman Brett Thomas said yesterday a construction date depended on resumption of the RET scheme.

    “This is a key to enabling large-scale renewable projects in Australia,” he said.

    “We’ll be proceeding with detailed designs, but at the end of the day to start construction we need certainty on the RET.

    “We would hope to get under way by 2016 which would provide 200 to 300 construction jobs and ongoing employment for about 30 staff.”

    The proposed wind farm would be situated at Bulgana, between Great Western and Stawell.

    Turbines with tips reaching 196 metres high would be the most modern in Australia, designed to produce less noise than earlier models, Mr Thomas said.

    “It’s important to understand any new wind turbine has to comply with strict conditions on noise and shadow flicker,” he said. “Modern technology means they are becoming quieter because of better design.”

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