A blustery start to spring has blown Victoria’s wind energy industry into overdrive, at times producing more than twice as much of the state’s energy as usual.
On Wednesday 6.1 per cent of Victoria’s energy demand was met by wind – up from 2.6 per cent last financial year, according to the Australian Energy Market Operator.
Australia’s largest wind farm, at Waubra near Ballarat, last month generated its highest output since it began operating three years ago, sending enough electricity to the national grid to power 140,000 homes, or Ballarat and Geelong combined.
Winds have gusted above 80km/h each day for the past three days in Melbourne.
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