CLEAN ENERGY: The Acciona wind farm near Gunning, New South Wales. The state remains a big fan of wind farms according to a recent survey.
CLEAN ENERGY: The Acciona wind farm near Gunning, New South Wales. The state remains a big fan of wind farms according to a recent survey. ALAN PORRITT

Survey finds NSW supports power from wind farms

A SURVEY has found communities across New South Wales support wind farms.

Of the 2000 people surveyed in the State Government-commissioned investigation, 81% said they supported wind farms in the state.

It also found:

  • 91% of respondents supported the use of renewables to generate electricity in NSW;
  • 83% said NSW should be producing more of its electricity from renewables;
  • people in NSW believed renewable energy provided both environmental and economic benefits.

Australian Wind Alliance national co-ordinator Andrew Bray said he was not surprised there was widespread support for wind energy.

"There are huge economic benefits when you increase investment in wind energy," Mr Bray said.

"Wind farms create jobs and boost income in regional areas, on top of producing cheaper and cleaner power," he said.

The Wind Alliance said the NSW Government should finalising planning guidelines that have been in draft form for almost five years.

The latest data showed there were 24 wind projects planned, most of which were held up in the planning system.

"New South Wales has a Renewable Energy Action Plan in place but confusion around wind farm planning guidelines is holding projects back," Mr Bray said.

"Greater sharing of direct financial benefits with landholders and their neighbours is an important way to ensure the whole community gains from having a wind farm in their region," he said.

"There are huge opportunities in NSW, which is lagging well behind the other states like South Australia when it comes to renewable energy generation."

Clean Energy Council reports show NSW hosts only 5% of wind farms built in Australia.

"New South Wales has the lowest proportion of renewables of any state and with the largest annual greenhouse gas emissions of any jurisdiction, it has an important leadership role in tackling climate change," Mr Bray said.

THE Australian Wind Alliance is a community-based advocacy group of farmers, wind workers, small businesses and residents.

They share a common vision of harnessing Australia's world-class wind resources to power our homes, cities and industries with clean renewable energy. Go to www.windalliance.org.au for details.



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