Wind energy amendments
Amendment VC130 (gazetted on 4 July 2016) changes the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes by amending Clause 52.32 Wind Energy Facility to delete Clause 52.32-8.
Amendment VC126 (gazetted on 28 January 2016):
- reduces the time required to decide an application to make changes to approved wind energy facilities
- aligns the processes and time required to amend permits issued for wind energy facilities, and clarifies that the location of a wind turbine is measured from the centre of its tower at ground level
- makes minor corrections to Clause 52.32
- updates the reference to the guidelines and deletes reference to the outdated Renewable Energy Action Plan 2006.
Amendment VC107 (gazetted on 26 November 2015) removes reference to the transmission or distribution systems of power lines from the 'Wind energy facility' definition. It also clarifies that the Minister for Planning is the responsible authority for the transmission or distribution of power lines associated with a wind energy facility if they require a planning permit under the planning scheme.
Amendment VC125 (gazetted on 11 June 2015) changes the definition of 'Wind energy facility' in the Victoria Planning Provisions, and all planning schemes in Victoria, so that it includes the use of land to transmit or distribute the electricity generated, specifically to connect the wind energy facility to the electricity network.
Amendment VC124 (gazetted on 2 April 2015) changes the Victoria Planning Provisions, and all planning schemes in Victoria, to implement the government's policy on wind energy facilities.
The amendment reduces the allowable distance between a turbine and a dwelling from two kilometres to one kilometre with the landowner's consent, and makes the Minister for Planning the responsible authority for all new wind farm planning permit applications for the use and development of a wind energy facility.
Advisory Note 61 provides information about the changes made by Amendment VC124:
Advisory Note 61: Amendment VC124 - Changes to wind energy facility provisions, April 2015 (PDF, 265.5 KB) Advisory Note 61: Amendment VC124 - Changes to wind energy facility provisions, April 2015 (DOC, 88.5 KB)
Policy and planning guidelines
The policy and planning guidelines for development of wind energy facilities in Victoria have been updated to include changes introduced by the amendments listed above.
- Policy and planning guidelines for development of wind energy facilities in Victoria, January 2016 (PDF, 869.3 KB)
- Policy and planning guidelines for development of wind energy facilities in Victoria, January 2016 (DOC, 277.5 KB)
Planning permit conditions
Model planning permit conditions for wind energy facilities have been developed to assist all parties involved in permit applications. They are provided in Appendix B of the Policy and planning guidelines for wind energy facilities in Victoria, January 2016 (PDF, 869.3 KB).
The conditions are for guidance only and should be adapted depending on the individual circumstance of each wind energy proposal.
Information relevant to native vegetation requirements can be found on the Native vegetation and planning permits page
Wind energy projects in Victoria
A summary of current and proposed wind energy projects in Victoria can be found at Wind Projects in Victoria.
Calculating greenhouse benefits
Information for calculating the greenhouse benefits of wind energy development, and other helpful links and resources are provided below.
A guide to calculating greenhouse benefits of wind energy facility proposals:
Victorian government departments and agencies
- Contact planning: first point of contact and metropolitan and regional offices
- Planning Panels Victoria
- Heritage Victoria
- Land Victoria
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources: Includes responsibility for agriculture, energy, resources, economic development, employment and innovation.
Sustainability Victoria: A Victorian Government agency, established to accelerate sustainable resource supply and use across the Victorian economy. Their website includes information on a range of sustainability measures including wind and renewable energy.
Aboriginal Affairs Victoria: Administers legislation that protects Aboriginal cultural heritage. Potential impacts of a wind energy facility on Aboriginal cultural values must be considered in the early planning stages of a development.
- Clean Energy Council: www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au
- RenewableUK: www.renewableuk.com
- Danish Wind Industry Association: www.windpower.org/en
- Green Power: www.greenpower.gov.au
- Australian Energy Market Operator: www.aemo.com.au
- Australian Renewable Energy Agency: www.arena.gov.au
- CADDET Renewable Energy: www.caddet-re.org
- Energy Networks Australia: www.energynetworks.com.au
- Australian Energy Council: www.energycouncil.com.au
- Department of the Environment and Energy: www.environment.gov.au
- WindEurope: https://windeurope.org
- Renewable Energy Certificates Registry: www.rec-registry.gov.au
- Clean Energy Regulator: www.cleanenergyregulator.gov.au
Useful publications and references
Guidelines for Renewable Energy Developments - Wind Energy, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, EECA, New Zealand, 1995
Stakeholder management: A Prerequisite for Successful Wind Farm Development, and Appendix 1: Developer's Guide to Stakeholders in Victoria, Terry Teoh Murdoch University, January 2000
Best Practice Guidelines for Implementation of Wind Energy Projects in Australia, Clean Energy Council, 2013
The Victorian Wind Atlas, Sustainable Energy Authority Victoria (now Sustainability Victoria), December 2003
Wind Farm Industry Policy Statement (Commonwealth Department of Environment) assists wind farm operators to decide if proposed actions require assessment and approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.