Opposition leader Matthew Guy made a renewable energy policy announcement this morning at Keppel Prince in Portland where hundreds are employed manufacturing wind turbine towers.
Opposition leader Matthew Guy’s proposal would require renewable energy projects over $50 million to use 75 percent local content. The opposition would reject planning permits for projects that fail to meet this standard.
“Matthew Guy’s announcement acknowledges the importance of renewable energy jobs, yet only a commitment to the Victorian Renewable Energy Target can secure wind and solar jobs into the future,” said Pat Simons.
“The Victorian Renewable Energy Target is the best way for the state government to secure jobs and attract investment in this important sector.”
The Andrews government’s renewable energy targets of 25 percent by 2020 and 40 percent by 2025 are enshrined in law. The scheme is expected to:
- Rollout more than 5,000MW of new solar and wind farms.
- Create 10,000 renewable energy jobs.
- Attract as much as $9 billion worth of investment to the state.
- Cut power (please fix font) bills by $30 per year for households; $2,500 for small- and medium-sized businesses; and $140,000 for large businesses.
- Drive a 16 percent reduction in electricity sector emissions.
Friends of the Earth say time is running out for the Matthew Guy opposition to deliver a climate change policy before the election:
“Time is running out for Matthew Guy to release a plan to tackle climate change before the November election,” said Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth’s climate spokesperson.
“The Federal Coalition government’s failure to address climate change leaves Victorian communities exposed to intensifying impacts such as bushfire risk, heatwaves, and drought.”
“Community members expect all political parties to have clear plans to rein in emissions and protect the community from climate impacts.”
Friends of the Earth will be closely monitoring the climate and energy policies put forward by political parties, MPs, and candidates in the lead up to the November state election.