Big wind makes a comeback

Wind power

Two major wind farm projects in New South Wales and Victoria are back on the agenda, with developers reviving their plans as a result of the more friendly policy environment in Canberra.

In Victoria, Spanish company Acciona Energy is looking again at its proposed $200 million Mortlake South wind farm, which was put on hold under the Abbott Government.

The company has spoken with Moyne Shire Council and informed it of plans to revive the project. Plans would need to be amended to factor in recent advances in turbine technology, as reported by Energy Business News.

Mortlake South was originally slated to comprise 51 turbines with capacity to power more than 40,000 homes, but improved turbine technology now means similar capacity can be achieved with few turbines.

In NSW, European company Wind Prospect says it is revisiting its plans for the 250 turbine 600MW Uungula project near Wellington in the mid-west of the state.