Wind farm clean up

September 10, 2019

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP, has called for an iron clad guarantee from the State Government that wind farms will have a fully funded decommissioning expectation.


Recently in Parliament speaking on the Mine Rehabilitation Bill and the Renewable Energy Amendment Bill, Mr Riordan said that while the State Government had a view about decommissioning mines, it did not seem to have a decommissioning policy for the end of life of wind farms.


“This Government spends a lot of time talking about the importance of mining making sure that when we have an effect on the environment, and we make a commitment that changes the landscape, that we also have a corresponding commitment to clean it up and manage it into the future. That is an admirable concept. But when it comes to renewable energy this government is refusing to put the necessary steps in place at the start of its process to manage what even a five-year-old would be able to figure out is going to be a problem,” he said.


Mr Riordan said that millions of dollars are being thrown at renewables. “But what is going to happen when they come to the end of their natural life?” he asked. “Who is going to be responsible? Do the taxpayers have to fork out again?


“The Government spends time talking about how we will manage mines, but when it comes to large wind turbines and their various materials, this Government refuses to talk about what plan they have for a fully recycled and end of life decommissioning, should companies no longer want the turbines.


“Who is going to pay? Do we have to put taxes up? Do we have to charge people more for their energy in order to clean up the messes of future potential derelict wind farms?


“We must plan and finance for these future issues,” Mr Riordan said.