The Victorian Labor Party is building a reputation for supporting renewable energy.
On several occasions over the last year, shadow energy minister Lily D’Ambrosio has outlined Labor’s stance on renewable energy. At a conference in Melbourne last year, D’Ambrosio critiqued the government’s planning laws that ban wind farms in the windiest parts of the state, branding them “extreme.” D’Ambrosio has also spruiked the benefits of renewables for the state.
In a letter published by Mildura’s Sunraysia Daily, Lily D’Ambrosio once again challenges the Napthine government’s record on renewable energy. She says Victoria is missing out on jobs and investment:
‘State missing out on energy investment’, October 12
The Napthine government continues to ignore renewable energy investment opportunities in regional Victoria.
It’s recent decision to withdraw $25 million from the Greenearth Energy Geelong geothermal power project without any discussion with the company serves to highlight the government’s lack of a plan to attract to Victoria some of the $36 billion of investment that will be spent on renewable energy by 2020.
With its pro-wind energy policy, a renewable energy target and the recently approved third Heyfield interconnector increasing capacity to send more wind power to Victoria, South Australia will continue to grow more jobs and investment while Victoria misses out.
For more information on the scrapped geothermal energy project, see: