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A review of the current status of Small Wind Western Australia and effectiveness of relevant State and Federal policy

Pascale, A., Whale, J. and Doepel, D. (2009) A review of the current status of Small Wind Western Australia and effectiveness of relevant State and Federal policy. In: Solar09, the 47th ANZSES Annual Conference, 29 September - 2 October, Townsville, Australia

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This paper reviews results from recent surveys on small wind electricity generating systems facilitated by the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) together with outcomes from a WALGA/Murdoch University Small Scale Wind Workshop and results from an internet search of materials related to Federal, State and International small wind power system policy. The results point to an increase in interest in small wind electricity generation systems in Western Australia (WA) that is reflected in estimates of installed small wind power system capacity based on Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) created since 2007. However, even with this growth, installed small wind power system capacity pales in comparison to installed small solar PV capacity despite the State of WA having both a strong wind and a strong solar resource. At a Federal level, there is a disparity between incentives given to wind and solar systems and the authors raise concerns with the current calculation of RECs for small wind power systems. At a State level, cost and planning regulations are identified as central barriers to small wind power systems. This paper suggests that improved and dedicated State policy for small wind electricity generating systems can address both of these barriers in WA.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: Institute for Resource Technology
School of Engineering and Energy
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/12977
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