About 4 weeks ago I vowed to write a blog on the clean energy future.
Then we had the leadership tussle, the state and local council elections, the HUS debacle, the sign off from Bob Brown and the budget. Exhausting. Time to take a break from politics and go local. Thanks to Tony Stickley’s write up in the Weekend Post 14th April 2012, I am feeling more optimistic.
“Winds of change…” the $550million Mt Emerald Wind Farm near Walkamin could power all the Tablelands and 60% of Cairns, and its clean, green and renewable energy. The project will deliver a boost to the local economy in the form of jobs; approx 100 construction workers and 10-15 ongoing positions PLUS the proposed $12 million Asia Pacific Energy Innovation Centre – a high tech tourism venture which will undoubtedly boost tourism.
While there is still concern about the size and location, the developers Ratch Australia) and Port Bajool (local property developers) are convinced that noise levels will fall within guidelines. The company’s enewsletter provides more details – Mount_Emerald_Newsletter_4.pdf.
Generating power locally has got to be heaps better than transmitting it up here from coal-fired generators in central Queensland and what’s worse, losing 30-40% of that power enroute. The development application is currently being assessed by the Tableland Regional Council.