Thursday, 24 May 2012

No cuts to wind farm pay
22 May 2012

ENERGY companies have denied rumours they will slash payments to south-west wind farm landholders when the carbon tax is introduced next month. Several individuals have notified The Standard of claims that farmers hosting turbines on their property would have their income halved on July 1 when Renewable Energy Certificate's become 50% less under the carbon tax. The rumours were denied in a statement from AGL Energy, which was claimed to have contacted stakeholders about the changes. "AGL Energy would like to confirm that wind farm rent on its wind farms will not be impacted after a price on carbon has been introduced", a spokeswoman said. "Any suggestion otherwise is false". A spokesman for ACCIONA Energy also said the carbon tax would make no change to agreements with landholders at the company's south Mortlake wind farm, while Origin Energy spokesman said agreements written in dollar amounts were "not market linked"