Posted on 07. Sep, 2012 in Greening Victoria

The Baillieu Government is trailing the nation on delivering a secure, affordable and renewable energy future for Victoria Shadow Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio said today.

The O’Farrell New South Wales Liberal Government today released a ‘Renewable Energy Action Plan’ outlining 28 actions to assist NSW to meet the Government’s target of 20% renewable energy by 2020.

Ms D’Ambrosio said that Mr Baillieu should follow the lead of his New South Wales counterpart and release a policy paper of his Government’s objectives for the states renewable energy sector.

“Building a strong renewable energy industry for the state is vital in generating employment and helping grow the Victorian economy,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

“Since coming to office the Baillieu Government has systematically destroyed renewable investment in Victoria through the scrapping of solar tariffs, introduction of planning restrictions on windfarm development and reversing its decision on renewable energy targets.

“Victoria has already lost over five billion dollars of renewable energy projects to South Australia and is now set to lose out again on investment and jobs to New South Wales” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

New South Wales Minister for Resources and Energy Chris Hartcher said today that:

“The Renewable Energy Action Plan will help us to continue attracting other renewable developments” (7th September 2012).

The Action Plan reveals that the Baillieu Government has had discussions with its NSW counterparts to ‘harmonise’ both states energy efficiency schemes.

“We have heard nothing from Mr Baillieu or Minister for Energy, Michael O’Brien on the outcomes of these discussions, Ms D’Ambrosio said.

“The Baillieu Government’s renewable energy position has made Victoria a ‘backwater’ in attracting investment and renewable development.

“According to the ‘Renewable Energy Action Plan, New South Wales will generate 6,000 jobs through its renewable targets and investments.

“Victoria risks losing its share of the $36 billion worth of renewable energy investment as forecast by the Bloomberg New Energy Finance report, if the Baillieu Government continues to treat the sector with contempt.

“Now more than ever Mr Baillieu’s failure to support the renewable energy sector is bleeding jobs at a time when unemployment in Victoria is on the rise.

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