Friday, 12 October 2012

Academic talks up wind energy potential
2 Oct 2012

An academic says South Australia has the potential to almost triple the electricity produced from wind power. It generated a 26% share last financial year, 2% more than coal. Professor of Environmental Mathematics at the University of South Australia, John Boland, said projected wind farm projects would add a further 2,000 MWs to the SA power grid.

"At the moment we've got something like 1,200 MWs installed so, you know, quite a substantial amount if they go ahead", he said. Professor Boland said a balance was needed to keep communities and wind farm developers satisfied. "Sometimes people in lots of areas they sometimes feel their views, even though they're sort of taken, are totally ignored", he said. "I think it's an important issue to try and figure out how you sort of really engage with the community".