Posted on 05. Jun, 2014 in Greening Victoria

Denis Napthine wants a renewable energy scheme to fund non-renewable energy.

The Napthine Government’s submission on the Renewable Energy Target (RET) says that gas projects should be included in the scheme. Gas is not a renewable source of energy.

Denis Napthine’s submission echoes a recent proposal by NSW Federal MP Angus Taylor, who also worked on the Reith taskforce into Coal Seam Gas.

The inclusion of gas projects in the RET will contradict its purpose, weaken its effectiveness and syphon funding from renewable energy projects.

While the future of the RET is decided, dozens of wind farm projects – supporting thousands of Victorian jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in investment – are in the balance.

Quotes attributable to Ms D’Ambrosio:

“Denis Napthine wants a renewable energy scheme to fund non-renewable energy.”

“Denis Napthine has opened the gate for Coal Seam Gas companies – gas projects are still his priority.”

“The wind energy industry – and the thousands of Victorian jobs it would create – hangs on future of the RET, which the Premier wants to water down by including gas projects.”

Key Facts

• Recent analysis by Labor showed that at least 13 companies had Victorian projects on hold, along with 6379 jobs.
• The Federal Government has commissioned a review into the RET, as part of the Energy white paper process, which is now due to be handed down by mid-year.
• The Federal Budget will cut $800 million from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

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