I’m one of those people who loves the look of wind farms. To me, they signal change and technology stepping us forward to a more sustainable future. Well, that and the rhythmic turning of the turbines is quite meditative. That said, I don’t have one in my backyard, or over the road or even at the end of the street. I don’t know what they sound like or how oppressive they are up close.
The ACT Government has set a target for 90% renewable energy use in the ACT within 6 years. (I must confess I have scoured the AP2 report looking for our current % of renewable energy and can’t find it for comparison). The report does clarify this ‘amount will be periodically reviewed in light of the extent to which the Territory is able to achieve the lower cost abatement, such as through energy efficiency or through transport and waste management’. (page 74)
Given the size of the Territory and obvious lack of wide open space, set on a hill in prime wind turbine positions, it isn’t really surprising that the ACT Government plans to source 200 megawats of power rom wind farms in NSW to meet this target.
The NSW shires are up in arms and think we should be sourcing this internally. Katy Gallagher claims this isn’t possible, which makes me wonder a) how we could make this claim in the first place and b) what the problem really is if the investment in new wind farms is coming from the ACT and ultimately benefiting NSW. But I guess that’s the question… Is it really a benefit?