Role of the Committee

Role of the Committee

  1. That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on Wind Turbines be established to inquire into and report on the application of regulatory governance and economic impact of wind turbines by 24 June 2015, with particular reference to:

    1. the effect on household power prices, particularly households which receive no benefit from rooftop solar panels, and the merits of consumer subsidies for operators;
    2. how effective the Clean Energy Regulator is in performing its legislative responsibilities and whether there is a need to broaden those responsibilities;
    3. the role and capacity of the National Health and Medical Research Council in providing guidance to state and territory authorities;
    4. the implementation of planning processes in relation to wind farms, including the level of information available to prospective wind farm hosts;
    5. the adequacy of monitoring and compliance governance of wind farms;
    6. the application and integrity of national wind farm guidelines;
    7. the effect that wind towers have on fauna and aerial operations around turbines, including firefighting and crop management;
    8. the energy and emission input and output equations from whole-of-life operation of wind turbines; and
    9. any related matter.

About this committee

On 24 November 2014, the Senate resolved to establish the Select Committee on Wind Turbines to inquire into and report on the application of regulatory governance and economic impact of wind turbines by 24 June 2015. On 12 May 2015, the Senate granted an extension of time for reporting until 3 August 2015.

The closing date for submissions is 4 May 2015.

The committee draws to the attention of stakeholders the Senate Privilege Resolutions together with previously published advice from the Clerk of the Senate on the matter of parliamentary privilege for potential submitters and witnesses that have signed confidentiality agreements with windfarm operators. If a stakeholder has any concerns about the conduct of any party in relation to the committee's inquiry, they should bring these concerns directly to the attention of the committee. Please contact the secretariat if you would like to discuss the effect of this advice.

PLEASE NOTE: The Select Committee on Wind Turbines has completed its work. With the tabling of the committee’s final report on 3 August 2015, the committee has formally ceased to exist.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Senior Clerk's Office
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3555
Fax: +61 2 6277 3899