Vale: Dick Paltridge – South Australia’s Champion Wind Farm Warrior

Richard ‘Dick’ Paltridge was a giant of a man; physically imposing, stoic and taciturn, his dogged pursuit of what was right places him in the STT Hall of Fame. Dick shuffled off this mortal coil on 23 March this year, leaving a legacy of peace and tranquillity in his patch of paradise, Allendale situated in […]

Richard Paltridge – one man’s battle

Battling wind weasels, like Acciona, in Court has its own “special” charm – just ask Richard Paltridge. Dick won – his landmark planning case in South Australia, but his opponents – including the rotten little Rann, State Labor Government – pulled every slimy trick in the book along the way. Acciona – the subject of […]

Richard Paltridge – dragon slayer

It sounded to us like the most pale excuse of the year. Spanish multinational Acciona announced it was scrapping its plans for a $70 million 46-turbine wind farm at Allendale East in South Australia. The company said it had come to the decision after deciding the project’s economics “didn’t stack up”. “After detailed investigations over […]

Bang or whimper?

It’s started. In Falmouth, Massachusetts, the local council has voted unanimously to remove turbines. The first turbine went up in 2010 at a cost of $10 million. Taking them down will cost $5 to $15 million. They’re coming down because of health and noise concerns. Common sense and common good was victorious over crony capitalism. […]