Victoria ready to catch the wind
More wind power in Victoria will shield the state from future power price hikes and drive jobs, especially in the regions, the Australian Wind Alliance says.
The Victorian Government has today announced it will legislate a Victorian Renewable Energy Target to ensure 40 per cent of the state’s power comes from renewables by 2025.
“Victoria has some of the best wind resources in the world. This law will make sure Victoria turns strong winds into lower power bills,” Australian Wind Alliance national co-ordinator Andrew Bray said.
“The best way to put downward pressure on power prices and increase competition is to bring new renewable supply into the market. Wind farms are the cheapest new power plants you can build.”
Mr Bray said a guaranteed pipeline of work will give Victoria’s manufacturing businesses the confidence to invest in new jobs building towers, transformers and cabling for new wind farms.
“These new projects will be gold for local contractors and content suppliers across regional Victoria.
“In the absence of clear policy from the federal government, Victoria is making sure it doesn’t get left behind from the global renewable energy boom.”
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The Australian Wind Alliance is a community-based advocacy group of farmers, wind workers, small businesses and residents. We share a common vision of harnessing Australia’s world-class wind resources to power our homes, cities and industries with clean renewable energy. Go to www.windalliance.org.au for details.