Wind energy amendments
Amendment VC141 (gazetted 21 November 2017) changes the Victoria Planning Provisions, and all planning schemes to:
- improve the application process to make changes to approved wind energy facilities
- clarify that the location of a wind turbine is measured from the centre of the tower at ground level
- make minor corrections to Clause 52.32
- update the reference to the guidelines.
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 (PDF, 10.7 MB) or (DOC, 226.5 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 (PDF, 10.7 MB).
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 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.