Environment Victoria’s report, Maximising the Benefits of Victoria’s Renewable Energy Target, shows what Victorians already know: Victoria is sitting on a renewable energy boom. But analysis also reveals that by building on current policies, the state government has the potential to create thousands of jobs and drive billions of dollars of investment. However, the state Liberal party proposal to slash the VRET would see renewable energy investment grind to a halt.
“Victoria has taken huge steps in the last four years – now we need to lock in progress and make sure we keep building wind and solar farms,” said Mark Wakeham, CEO of Environment Victoria.
“Our analysis provides a state based solution to the dire findings of the IPCC report. With the Morrison government providing no plan to drive down climate pollution to achieve net zero emissions, it is up to our state government to take charge as a climate leader.
“Victoria has a pipeline of over 4400 MW renewables projects in early stages of development. That’s enough renewables to power over 6.6 million homes by the middle of the next decade and avoid over 15 million tonnes of carbon pollution every year.
“With no federal energy target and no national policy to support new investment in wind and solar in Victoria, any future state government that fails to maximise the VRET would be missing out on up to 12,200 jobs.
“In the past four years Labor has been delivering for clean energy, but they haven’t yet committed to the next phase of building big wind and solar farms and have shared little detail about how they will achieve the 40% renewable energy target.
“To ensure that we maximize renewable energy construction we need to send a clear message that Victoria is the home of renewable energy in Australia by guaranteeing that we will bring at least 1000 MW of new large-scale renewable energy online every year till 2025.
“Matthew Guy’s plan to cancel the VRET would see all renewable energy construction stop by 2020. It’s ridiculous, when you look at this new analysis, that the Victorian Liberal Party are happy to actively damage investment and job growth in regional Victoria.
“Matthew Guy would be prudent to review his ideologically driven position on clean energy in light of this new analysis. His position on wind and solar would be highly damaging for investment in this state. Victorians want clean, affordable energy and they don’t want the next Victorian Premier to turn his back on 12,200 new clean energy jobs or action on climate change,” said Mr Wakeham.
The analysis examined three policy scenarios:
Significant findings included:
Mark Wakeham, Environment Victoria CEO
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