Lord Howe Island’s plan for renewable energy rejected over ‘visual impact’ of wind turbines; David Coady; ABC News

Australia – Lord Howe Island Group

A controversial plan to build wind turbines on Lord Howe Island off the New South Wales north coast has been rejected by the Federal Government.

Only a few hundred people live on Lord Howe Island, boosted by about 400 tourists at any one time. They all rely on a diesel generator for power.

The plan was to build two wind turbines, along with a solar farm, to cut energy from the generator by 70 per cent.

As a World Heritage-listed site, it had to be approved by Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg.

But he has rejected the proposal, which he said would “have clearly unacceptable impacts”.

A spokesman for Mr Fydenberg said the “Government considered the proposed wind turbines would create a considerable, intrusive visual impact”.

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