Monthly Archives: November 2013

Have you checked where your investment $ go?

Recently I put up a link up on the BEAM facebook page to an article to an article in the Age Is coal the new tobacco for investors? In it it states:

UN scientists said in September that humans have now emitted more than half the carbon permissible to remain within the 2-degree limit. To meet that target, about two-thirds of proven fossil-fuel reserves must remain in the ground, mostly coal, according to the IEA.

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BEAM welcomes the VCAT decision to approve the Cherry Tree Range Wind Farm

A wind turbine at the Hepburn Community Wind Farm on Lenoards Hil

A wind turbine at the Hepburn Community Wind Farm on Lenoards Hill

BEAM Mitchell Environment Group has welcomed the long-awaited decision from VCAT that approves the planning application for the Cherry Tree Range wind farm. BEAM President Richard Telford says that Seymour can now look forward to the benefits that this project will bring. “Along with producing enough clean energy to power around 26,000 homes, there will be a significant stimulus to the local economy in the form of investment and jobs.”

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Energy Futures Forum a success in Seymour

BEAM and Yes2Renewables successfully hosted the Energy Futures Forum in Seymour on the 16th of November. It has helped broadened the debate about energy issues in the Mitchell Shire region with over 50 turning up for an informative day.

The Energy Futures Forum held the the VRI Hall in Seymour attracted over 50 people.

The Energy Futures Forum held the the VRI Hall in Seymour attracted over 50 people.

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Cr. Gwenda Allgood talks windfarms on ABC radio

Councillor Gwenda Allgood of the Ararat Rural City Council

Councillor Gwenda Allgood of the Ararat Rural City Council

Listen to  Cr. Allgood’s interview as she makes the point that there was no objections to the windfarm near Ararat when it was proposed. Benefits to the local community have gone deeper than the financial windfall.

David Robinson was talking about community solar on ABC Goulburn Murray Radio recently.

Both David and Gwenda presented at the Energy Futures Forum at the VRI Hall in Seymour.

Cut emissions and save on household bills

Trent Hawkins, Trent Hawkins, Project Director of the Zero Carbon Australia Buildings Plan who will present at the Forum next weekend

Trent Hawkins, Project Director of the Zero Carbon Australia Buildings Plan who will present at the Forum next weekend

Households in Seymour and surrounds can reduce their carbon emissions to zero with four simple steps.

Trent Hawkins, Project Director of the Zero Carbon Australia Buildings Plan, will talk about how this can be done at the Energy Futures Forum in Seymour on November 16.

The four steps are going gas free, fixing the building envelopes, installing energy efficient appliances and lighting, and rooftop solar to power every home.

“Every house in Australia could be emissions free in ten years if we implemented this plan”, said Mr Hawkins.

With this approach, households would produce more electricity than they use, but using less on a daily basis than they do now.

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Still waiting for VCAT decision on Cheery Tree Wind Farm

BEAM kids head to the VCAT hearing on the Cherry Tree Windfarm.

BEAM kids head to the VCAT hearing on the Cherry Tree Windfarm.

BEAM members attended the hearings at VCAT in late October in the hope that a decision would have been handed down. It was a pretty uneventful affair with a lot of old ground being discussed. The day focused heavily on acoustics. A date for the decision has not been announced, but is expected very soon.

BEAM president Richard Telford appeared on WIN news recently, appearing briefly to list some of the benefits of the Cherry Tree Wind Farm.
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Coal seam gas – a growing community concern

What is the risk for Mitchell Shire residents of coal seam gas exploration?

Chloe Aldenhoven, Victorian coordinator of the Lock the Gate Alliance, will talk about the growing community opposition to this type of mining at the Energy Futures Forum in Seymour on November 16.

“Coal seam gas is a dirty and unsustainable fossil fuel that contributes to climate change,” said Ms Aldenhoven. Coal seam gas has been touted as an option for increased gas production all around Australia as existing gas reserves are limited, or tied up as lucrative exports.

More than 54% of Australia is covered by coal and gas licences or applications. The controversial process of “fracking” is used to explore for, and extract, the underground gas.

Coal seam gas reserves neatly overlay underground water reserves. During coal seam gas operations a large amount of water must be pumped out of the coal seam. This water is generally salty and can contain toxic and radioactive compounds and heavy metals.

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