In the wake of the state government’s decision to refuse the Naroghid wind farm a conservation group has warned of a $525 million lost in investment in wind farm developments.
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Friends of the Earth renewable energy spokesman Ben Courtice said the government had implemented regressive planning laws that ban wind projects across much of the best wind resource areas in the state.

“As a result of this law, Victoria has already lost the potential for up to $525 million investment in wind farm developments, equating to up to 1400 jobs,” he said.

“In 2012, two more wind farms at Naroghid and Yarram appear to have lost their planning approval on expiry, instead of having their permits rolled over.

“On a rough pro-rata calculation based on a similar development, these two projects could add as much as $100 million to the total investment lost and up to 200 construction and six ongoing jobs.”

Mr Courtice welcomed planning minister Matthew Guy’s decision to allow projects at Ryan Corner near Yambuk, Hawkesdale, Salt Creek, Woolsthorpe and Mt Gellibrand after development plans were approved and extensions were granted by the government.

“We are very happy that these projects are able to proceed and that they have commenced construction,” he said.

“But forcing developers to commit to construction at the risk of losing the project and all that they have invested in developing it is not necessarily something that this government should be boasting about. It shows poor understanding of how large energy projects are financed.”

Yesterday , nearby dairy farmers Bernie and Angela Molloy welcomed the decision on the Naroghid development, decribing it as “a win for common sense”.

Windfarm Developments director Alistair Wilson said the company was still considering the planning minister’s decision.

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