Keyneton wind farm application lodged

28 June 2012

Pacific Hydro is pleased to inform the local community of the lodgement of a Development Application for the proposed Keyneton Wind Farm along the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges.

Following extensive community consultation, the revised project application, consisting of forty two (42) turbines, with installed capacity of 100MW will be able to provide enough electricity to power the equivalent of around 44,000 homes per year and abate 193,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases per year.

Local benefits will flow from the project including job opportunities during construction, increased council revenue through rates from the project, funding of local programs through Pacific Hydro’s Sustainable Communities Fund (which runs for the operating life of the project) as well as environmental programs and support of local activities.

The Development Application will now be considered by the Development Assessment Commission (DAC), an independent statutory body established under South Australia’s Development Act 1993.

The public notification process will be managed by the DAC, however Pacific hydro committed to provide advance notice of the forthcoming notification period.

The notice of application will appear in the Adelaide Advertiser and local newspapers in the coming weeks. Further information on the DAC process can be viewed on their website at:

http://www.dac.sa.gov.au/

Details of where you can view hard copies of the application will appear in the DAC notice however the application will also be available on Pacific Hydro’s website at www.pacifichydro.com.au/keyneton.

Once on public notice the application will also appear on the DAC website.

A statutory period of fifteen (15) business days is provided for written comments from the date of notification.

All submission should be made direct to the DAC and not Pacific Hydro who are unable to receive comment or enquiries during this period.

For your information, Pacific Hydro will also be referring the project pursuant to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) to the Commonwealth Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPC).

The DSEWPC will determine whether the project is a Controlled Action under the Act.

For further information regarding the Development Application process for submissions, please refer to the DAC website.