Blacksmith from Ballarat closes in on the Great REC Fraud

STT has been following, with some interest, Victorian Senator, John Madigan’s effort to prosecute one of the greatest frauds in Australian corporate history.

The New South Welshmen are all excited about the $70 mill or so that the Obeid clan pocketed in the Hunter – the subject of the Ipp Inquiry.

Well, the Spanish Swindlers who swiped $80 million in RECs at Waubra put that little escapade in the shade – and RATCH’s 12 years of non-compliance at Windy Hill is also on Madigan’s radar and could add up to another tidy sum that can be returned to its rightful owners – us – that is.

Not content with slotting the Spaniards and the Thais, Marshall Madigan is out to prevent the same from happening at Bald Hills and Mt Gellibrand in Victoria and on King Island.  This STT champion is going to hold the balance of power in the next Parliament – so, wind weasels, if you upset this man in a dream, you best wake up and apologise.

As we reported recently, the Clean Energy Regulator has parted company with the fraudsters and left them to fend for themselves.  STT hears that the wind industry’s best and brightest are struggling to come up with an escape route from this one.


Madigan turns the spotlight on a
bunch of Spanish Swindlers.

Here’s what the Good Senator had to say on the topic of rounding up the missing $millions.

Media release
Finally…Regulator to Regulate
Friday, May 31, 2013

Senator John Madigan welcomes news the Clean Energy Regulator’s (CER) office has issued standing notices to large scale renewable energy power stations requiring they show ongoing compliance with all local, State and Commonwealth regulatory requirements. He is hopeful that the CER’s actions to improve regulation are positive for wind energy operators, communities, the environment and energy consumers. Senator Madigan is looking forward to the release of more details from the CER.

“I’ve seen too many rural communities hammered by industrial noise from wind energy facilities that may or may not comply with the standard,” Senator Madigan said. “Over time the CER, together with State and Territory based regulators, have failed to ensure compliance. Worse, they have, respectively, accredited and approved wind energy facilities prior to construction thereby effectively negating post construction permit conditions.

“The action by the CER last week to issue standing notices acknowledges the laxness of previous regulation and will enable the identification of non compliant wind energy facilities. I welcome the regulator’s action on this matter.

“By taking this step, the CER will not just improve the regulatory process and compliance outcomes at a Commonwealth level. It should help create more robust State-based regulatory arrangements. Currently in Victoria, proposed wind energy facilities are not thoroughly checked for their acoustic emissions and environmental impacts. Nor have State and Territory jurisdictions bothered equipping themselves with the technical capacity or procedures necessary to assess whether proposed or existing facilities will be or are compliant. The CER’s recent action should help compel State and Territory governments to improve the capacity and the integrity of their regulatory testing processes so that their approvals can be verified as true and correct.

“Just as vehicle testers are licensed to check cars for their roadworthiness and to keep un-roadworthy cars off our roads, local, State and Commonwealth regulators are charged with the responsibility of testing wind energy facilities for their compliance with standards and to shut them down or require changes if they don’t.

“The continuing non-compliance of Acciona’s Waubra wind farm has shamed the wind industry. It is the industry’s ‘poster-child’ of systemic regulatory failure. Shoddy regulation has rolled over communities but bent over backwards for big business. The result is ongoing harm and nuisance to local residents. This particular facility has also racked up more than $80 million dollars worth of Renewable Energy Certificates. Under the Act, these should never have been issued. The financial cost has been passed onto Australian electricity customers while the nuisance cost has been passed onto local residents.

“A similar situation of harmful environmental impacts has also been caused by lax regulation that has allowed non-compliance of operating and proposed wind energy facilities with Commonwealth and State environmental legislation. Mt. Gellibrand, Bald Hills, and King Island are but three of many such approved or proposed facilities that will breach various provisions of the EPBC Act.

“Along with local residents, I look forward to the CER moving on Acciona’s Waubra wind farm first thing Monday morning. However, I also call on Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke, to withdraw approval for Mt. Gellibrand and Bald Hills proposed facilities immediately and to communicate to TasHydro that the Commonwealth intends rigorously enforcing compliance with the EPBC Act regarding its proposed King Island facility.

“Standing notices issued by the CER will compel wind farm operators to prove they meet the full range of legislative and regulated protections for people and the environment. The CER has laid down the challenge. It is now up to governments, from Ministerial level down, to deliver on that.

PDF version: Press Release Senator Madigan Finally…Regulator to Regulate 31-05-13


Madigan’s the name – hunting Spanish Fraudster’s the game.

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


  1. frederick meeker says:

    I have been bemused for some time that the wind turbine apologists claim there is no evidence for either nuisance or deleterious health effects from living near wind turbines. Weren’t the US military developing a field weapon that generated low frequency sound (I believe about 6 Hertz) that incapacitated enemy combatants? Unfortunately the sound generators were not sufficiently portable, they were too large. Possibly the size of wind turbines?
    Fred Meeker

  2. Bob in Castlemaine says:

    Legal yes {well maybe not in the longer term} but there’s no excuse for those in the industry who know/knew the realities of “gaming” the system rather than calling the RET for the fraud that it is.

    We sold our holdings in both AGL and Origin in disgust at the lilly-livered acquiescence of the boards of these companies, who must have been aware (unless they were utterly incompetent) of the economic insanity of what was being foisted on the country – but chose to remain silent. As for Pacific Hydro, for them probably no more than the largesse they would have expected from the political arm. However, as those at Enron discovered, the “just obeying orders” excuse doesn’t always cut it!

    As an former power industry engineer I have been appalled by the lack of spine shown by many in the profession. Of no consequence to me other than the fact that young Australians including my kids and grand kids will inherit the legacy of this period of Green/Labor insanity.

  3. Well done John keep up the good work.Our problem at Hallett 2 has not gone away yet.This is another example of a Non Complying windfarm that is still driving people nutts.Has not been compliant since commencing operation in June 2009.Suzlon has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on noise mitigating devices all of which have proved to be totally useless just like the turbines.It would be poetic justice if my good mates at AGL had pay back their REC funds from this disgraceful developement.Then they might think about where they place WTGs in the future that is if they dont lose interest a bit later in the year .

  4. Windshift says:

    Don’t forget the Stockyard Hill wind farm in Victoria which Origin Energy have a permit for. It was laid out by a company called WindPower who also designed the Waubra Wind Farm, a frightening prospect.

  5. Shelley McDonald says:

    Don’t forget the Mortlake South Windfarm that Acciona have a permit for.

  6. Terry Conn says:

    My question is whether the NSW Government is complicit in RECs being improperly made available in respect to ‘Capital’ wind farm? The government did a noise audit, but what happened to the result? And was it ‘doctored’? To the best of my knowledge the results were not made public and certainly there was no transparency. O’Farrell would rather chat about gay marriage.

  7. John,
    We congratulate you for your integrity and intestinal fortitude, which seems to be sadly lacking. You are a beam of white light amongst the darkness and tyranny of this corruption of our political masters and perversion of the body corporate.


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