Call to audit the Renewable Energy Target

indexMedia Release

March 1, 2013

DLP Senator John Madigan has today called for a complete audit of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) scheme, citing concerns regarding transparency and cost effectiveness.

This move comes after the defeat of Senator Madigan and Senator Xenophon’s bill Renewable Energy (Electricity) Excessive Noise from Wind Farms) Bill 2012 in the Senate.

The Bill would have removed REC funding for wind farms found to be breaching noise compliance limits.

Senator Madigan said the Democratic Labor Party believed the RET scheme needed to be audited.

“I have uncovered cases of wind farms that are non-compliant to current standards yet still continue to enjoy the perks of millions of dollars given out by the federal government,” Senator Madigan said.

“I have supplied this information to both the Victorian state and federal ministers and have bought it up in the Senate. I will be seeking the support of other Senators, including a number of members of the Coalition, to get this audit happening immediately.minute to midnight

“The federal government has a duty to ensure the intended outcomes of the scheme are being achieved, in a way that is both cost effective and helps the environment.

“I am not against renewable energy and I am not against wind farms. I am against taxpayers’ money being thrown at an industry that considers itself above the rules followed by other industries.”

About stopthesethings

We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.


  1. Jackie Rovensky says:

    Those in Federal and Local Parliamements who are working in an ethical manner, by considering those they serve are worth their weight in gold, but all we can given them is our support and thanks – so Thank you to John, Nick and all the rest.

  2. These wind farms are better then printing money for the wind companys & there are no checks & balances either. Red head & the greens have made it possible for the wind companys to get away with all this corrupt money.


  3. Terry Conn says:

    I applaud senator Madigan’s call for an audit on wind farms. It is a national disgrace and totally irresponsible to be handing out REC/LGC’s worth billions for wind farms where there is no audit of the power they produce and the coal/gas abatement that actually occurs. All coal and gas fired power stations need to report their hourly consumption of fuel vis. a vis. the hourly mandatory consumption of wind produced power. If the actual effectiveness of wind power in providing power and saving GHG emissions cannot be proved using empirical data then all RECS received should be refunded by cash equivalents and no more should issue.

  4. Why did the excessive noise bill get voted down by labor and the greens? is this the way we can expect them to treat rural people? ie – like second class citizens. No one would put up with this noise in the city, but outside it doesnt matter, or so it would seems to the greens and labor.
    How could these politicians let a non compliant industry take taxpayers money? this reeks of corruption in a big way.

  5. Grant Winberg says:

    Anyone who disagrees with Senator Maddigan’s call for immediate compliance testing of wind farms, and enforcement, needs to think twice before again saying he/she represents the Australian people.

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