Plans for a national environmental accreditation scheme for wind power projects were unveiled at Auswind 2005. "A national approach would lower the cost to individual companies. Risks to industry can be monitored and compared consistently and government acceptance of the industry would be improved," said Barran Consulting's Barry la Fontaine, father of Australian Wind Energy Association director Dominique la Fontaine. "A national accreditation scheme will give greater confidence to government and the community. Level one accreditation could start in the first quarter of 2006. Members would pay AUS$1500 for an independent auditor to visit the site. Level two accreditation would cover detailed site planning and design and could be up and running by second quarter 2006. The estimated cost would be AUS$6000 per site and annual surveillance audits AUS$4000." The industry, it seems, is less sure about the merits of the scheme. "Auditing of the environmental performance of wind farms is covered by the planners," noted Colin Liebmann of RES Southern Cross.
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