Australia

Russell & Others v. Surf Coast Shire Council & Anor

Jurisdiction: Australia


Side A: Kathy Russel & Ors. (Individual)


Side B: Surface Coast Shire Council (Government)


Core objectives: Permission to develop windfarm despite its adverse local impacts


Summary
Several dozen local residents challenged approval of a wind farm on various grounds—procedural, noise-related, related to cultural heritage, and others. The Tribunal considered each and ultimately rejected them, concluding that the public's interest in various features of the landscape where the turbines would be sited was outweighed by the turbines' contribution to the country's supply of renewable energy. Notably, the tribunal also considered and rejected the argument that the turbines' low capacity factor (relative to a baseload generation facility) weighed against the premise that they contributed to the public's interest in renewable generation
Case documents

from the Grantham Research Institute
from the Grantham Research Institute
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