Australian farmers are demanding compensation for the new green power grid – watts with that?

Essay by Eric Worrall

Farmers are lining up for their share of the NSW Government’s green electricity grid spending by demanding compensation for all power lines crossing their land.

Farmers are demanding compensation for $1.2 billion in renewable energy transmission lines across properties

ABC Rural / Through David Claughton, Hamish Coleand Sally Bryant
Posted on Friday June 10, 2022 at 2:02 p.m

The NSW Government’s pledge to invest $1.2 billion in renewable energy transmission over the next decade has been welcomed by the Nature Conservation Council (NCC), but farmers are concerned about the impact on agriculture and how they will be compensated.

Core items:

  • NSW Government pledges $1.2bn for fast track renewable energy transmission lines
  • The Conservation Council supports the push for renewable energy to combat climate change
  • Farmers want compensation when their land is affected

NSW Treasurer and Energy Secretary Matt Kean says the Transmission Acceleration Facility will speed up acceleration Renewable Energy Zones (REZs) are needed to replace existing power plants as they close by funding the development phases of transmission and other infrastructure.

“We want to ensure that every family and business across NSW has access to the cheapest and most reliable form of energy,” he said.

“That’s exactly why we’re spending $1.2 billion to make sure we can connect our wind and solar power to the system.”

The NCC’s Chris Gambian wants lines to go underground in key sensitive areas like Alpine National Park, but argues that the clean energy transition is fundamentally good for the environment.

“One of the best things we can do to move away from dirty fossil fuels is to invest in clean renewable energy,” he said.

Continue reading: https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2022-06-10/nsw-renewable-energy-billion-dollar-transmission-lines/101142088

Do not underestimate the cost explosion that such claims for damages can cause.

People who make the effort can take some of the danegeld out of the bureaucrats who want access to their land, who pay only for the refusers to go away and stop making their lives miserable. It’s not their money, so what do the bureaucrats care?

I’ve seen this first hand – one of my relatives was an artist at making life difficult for bureaucrats who wanted his country, he showed me his correspondence and very generous settlement offers, usually with tears of laughter in his eyes Eyes. He eventually stripped the bureaucrats of several times the value of his entire land + a new $100,000 driveway in exchange for giving up a few thin, barely noticeable strips of land. So I’ve seen for myself how far a farmer’s review of bureaucrats can go.


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