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Wind protesters welcome back for a cuppa

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For more information contact Jeremy Roberts on 0433 620 850 or Nick Xenophon on 0411 626 677

21 / 11 / 2014


Independent Senator for South Australia, Nick Xenophon, has extended an invite to meet with pro-wind farm protesters who were outside his office this morning.

The protesters were understood to be annoyed that Nick was sponsoring a Senate inquiry into wind farms, including into their economic impact and health effects.

Nick became aware of the protest yesterday but was unable to meet with them due to his attendance at this morning’s opening of the AEIOU Foundation centre for children with Autism, in Adelaide’s southern suburbs, where he spoke.

“Of course I respect the right of people to protest,” said Nick.

“I’m also supportive of a strong Renewable Energy Target (RET), particularly one that encourages more solar, tidal and geothermal in the mix.”

“The problem with wind farms is that they have taken too much of the share of renewable energy investment, due to flaws in the way the scheme has been structured. Wind farms have also divided communities with their impacts.

“Solar, geothermal and tidal are much better ways to go. Wind is obviously part of the renewable energy mix, but in South Australia we have the highest proportion of wind power of all the states, which I believe distorts the electricity market to the detriment of consumers and chokes-out other forms of renewable energy.”

Nick today invited the protesters for a ‘cuppa’ over the next few weeks to discuss their concerns.