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Consortium Meeting Record

New England Community Wind Farm Study

Meeting Details

Community Mutual Group, Technology Park Armidale 2 November 2010

Attendees

Dave Carr, Emily Thomas-Moore, Nathan Axelsson, Kim-Trieste

Apologies

Hastings, Harold Ritch, Kevin Dupe (beginning only) Adam Blakester Chris Ipkendanz, Michael O'Loughlin, Hugh Piper, Patsy Asch, Jarra Hicks, Nicky Ison, Simon Holmes a Court, Mary Dougherty

Welcome & Updates

Hepburn Community Wind Farm have symbolically dug their first sod, with work now under way for the foundations. They anticipate commissioning the wind turbines by April 2011.

Embark has been launched, providing a significant resource and knowledge base for community wind farm development. Review to be done to identify what requirements for New England Wind Farm Study are covered within Embark, and to clearly identify gaps for Jarra/Nicky/Other researchers.

Early discussions around investment into the Wind Farm have begun. While this is beyond the scope of Phase 1 , it is very encouraging in establishing the momentum to move from this Study into a full feasibility study (wind testing, location assessment and investment).

Northern Inland Regional Development Plan is now complete. Environmental achievements are one of six priorities, which includes renewable energy.

HiCUB also has renewable energy outcomes defined within the project plan and funding agreement with the NSW Environmental Trust.

Actions

Create a succinct executive summary of the Study, detailing the vision, story and strategic fit. i Add HiCUB logo to Consortium/Partner banner. ii Create a short promotional presentation. iii

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i Add HiCUB logo to Consortium/Partner banner. i i Create a short promotional presentation. i i

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New England Community Wind Farm Study

Revisit the Tender, Work Plan, Roles & Responsibilities

Discussion of scope of works in the briefing presentation, particularly the dual track focus for the Study, namely:

1. Specifically research and establish support for a Community Wind Farm; and

2. Build a model for the incorporation of a community-owned sub-structure into the larger commercial wind development that is coming (1,150 turbines).

Clarification that the dialogues are a key stream of engagement and research for the whole Study, so while they have a specific target audience (eg. community, landholders, investors, etc), they will facilitate a dialogue about the entire undertaking.

Point made that landholders may be interested in receiving an ownership stake as an option to rental/lease of their land, or in-kind support. All options to be explored.

A further option is that the required land is purchased and owned by the co- operative.

Discussion around complexities and nuances of 'offsetting', with key risks identified:

Numerous different measures available, creating uncertainty, with no international standard

Changing and emerging area of science

Potential for green washing

Similar concerns were raised around the sale of RECs, and the negative consequences this has for the environmental integrity and credentials of the wind farm.

Actions

Update Roles & Responsibilities Table to include all Consortium and Partners. iv Create Stakeholder Survey that can be used in meetings, online, etc. Create Strategic Questions Kit that can be used in meetings (Board, Staff, etc.)

Reviewing the notion of NESS

Action

Carried forward to next meeting. v

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used in meetings (Board, Staff, etc.) Reviewing the notion of NESS Action Carried forward to next

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New England Community Wind Farm Study

Stakeholder & Community Meetings Schedule

Investor Dialogue

Late February/Early March

CMG to host

Focus on full spectrum of benefits for investors (jobs, environment, social capital, energy security)

Landholder Dialogues

Emphasize reach to Guyra and Walcha Districts (as have numerous other points for engagement in Uralla/Armidale regions)

Employment

Possible session with Jobs Australia to research relevant skills and training package

Government Round Table

RDANI to host

February/March

Other Business & Next Steps

Launch

10am, 22 November at Technology Park Program to be circulated with funding partners to speak Banners for back drop Media focus, rather than public event Starfish Enterprises website to be live with Study details

Next Consortium Meeting 8 December, 9.30-11.30am Venue to be confirmed

2 November 2010 Adam F Blakester adam@starfishenterprises.org m 61 419 808 900 | t 61 2 6775 2501 | skype adam.f.blakester

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Adam F Blakester adam@starfishenterprises.org m 61 419 808 900 | t 61 2 6775 2501 |

i

Create a succinct executive summary of the Study, detailing the vision, story and strategic fit.

ii Add HiCUB logo to Consortium/Partner banner.

iii Create a short promotional presentation.

iv Update Roles & Responsibilities Table to include all Consortium and Partners.

v Reviewing the Notion of NESS carried forward to December Meeting