The EPA is currently responsible for actively regulating two operational wind farms. Bluff Point Wind Farm has a generating capacity of 65 Megawatts which consists of 37 V60 wind turbines and Studland Bay Wind Farm has a generating capacity of 75 Megawatts, which consists of 25 V90 wind turbines at Woolnorth in the North West.
As well as the two operational windfarms, there is a third wind farm development that has approval. Musselroe Wind Farm in the North East will consist of 56 V90 turbines which will have a maximim generating capacity of 140 Megawatts once fully operational.
Construction at Musselroe has commenced and the project will proceed subject to economic viability. There are also several wind farms currently in the assessment process.
Environmental issues associated with the wind farm industry include threatened species (flora and fauna) impacts (such as bird strike), weed and disease management, cultural and aboriginal heritage impacts, and visual and noise compliance requirements.
Given the remote location of the current wind farm sites, issues at mainland wind farms (such as noise, visual etc) have not been issues for the Tasmanian wind farms.
Wind Farm Related Publications and Resources
- The Draft National Wind Farm Development Guidelines
The Environment Protection and Heritage Council (EPHC) has prepared a set of draft National Wind Farm Development Guidelines which aim to outline best practice for industry and planning authorities in areas including, heritage, threatened species and turbine noise.
Other Relevant Organisations
- The Australian Wind Energy Institute
The institute promotes awareness, conducts research and works in an advisory capacity to the clean energy generation industry.
- The Clean Energy Council
The Clean Energy Council is the peak body representing Australia’s clean energy sector. It is an industry association made up of more than 440 member companies operating in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency.