Posted on 12. Nov, 2010 in Election Media Release, Greening Victoria

The Brumby Labor Government’s strong policies for wind energy, jobs and investment in regional Victoria were on display today with more than 100 jobs secured in the state’s south-west.

Premier John Brumby today announced a new contract for Keppel Prince in Portland to produce wind towers for the Macarthur Wind Farm, which will secure around local 100 jobs.

“These jobs and this investment in south-west Victoria is only possible because Labor has done the hard work to develop a strong policy for the future on wind farms,” Mr Brumby said.

“The $1 billion Macarthur Wind Farm will be the largest in the southern hemisphere and project proponent AGL has made it clear that projects like this would not go ahead under the Liberal Party’s proposed wind farm policy.

“Labor’s wind energy policy is keeping jobs in regional Victoria – in stark contrast to the Liberal Party’s wind farm policy, which would drive investment and jobs, such as these at Keppel Prince, interstate.

“Under the Victorian Climate Change White Paper, released in July, Labor has committed to a nation-leading target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 per cent by 2020.

“Our plan is expected to generate up to $10 billion in investment in Victoria and these 100 jobs represent the start of a clean energy jobs boom for regional Victoria.”

Mr Brumby said Macarthur was one of 27 wind farms approved in Victoria and would build on the eight large wind farms already operational in Victoria.

“These wind farms have already created more than 1000 jobs in Victoria and will create at least a further 4,700 jobs as they progress.

“Victoria is making significant progress in its move to renewable energy with the combined energy-generating capacity of these operating and approved wind farms is enough to supply the electricity needs of every household in Melbourne.”

Mr Brumby said Labor’s support for wind energy was supported by a new Clean Energy Council report released today.

“This report, completed by Carbon Market Economics, showed that Victoria would benefit from $9 billion in renewable energy investment and the creation of about 650 new jobs each year until 2016 under Labor’s current renewable policies,” he said.

“In contrast it found that if the Liberal Party’s policy was adopted 200 fewer jobs would be created and up to $3.6 billion in renewable energy investment in Victoria would not go ahead.”

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