Renewable energy is a high-growth, job-creating sector globally, yet the Napthine government is missing when it comes to renewable energy jobs here in Victoria. It’s puzzling that the government’s jobs plan fails to mention the sector. You can’t have a 21st Century jobs plan without encouraging renewable energy.
The Napthine government has missed an opportunity to restore bipartisan support for renewable energy in Victoria. The Napthine government’s policy is out of step with their federal counterparts who seek a bipartisan deal on the Renewable Energy Target.
Premier Napthine could unleash investment and create jobs in Victoria by repealing the state’s anti-wind farm laws and setting a state Renewable Energy Target.
In 2011, the Coalition government implemented the world’s most regressive laws for wind farms. The anti-wind farm laws which cost the state:
- 490 construction jobs and 64 ongoing jobs for the30-year life of wind farms
- An estimated $10.5m worth of economic activity to regional economies
- Projects worth $864 million
Clean Energy Council analysis shows there is potential for 6,400 renewable energy jobs in the state — 750 in the Premiers own electorate. Renewable energy company Keppel Prince is the second largest employer in Portland which is located in Denis Napthine’s seat.
Victoria’s economy can benefit from the shift to renewables, but only with political leadership. It’s time for the Premier to put jobs first.
Friends of the Earth have called on Premier Napthine and opposition leader Daniel Andrews to make a Victorian Renewable Energy Target a central plank of state energy policy.
Credible jobs policy will drive investment in renewables. And the best way to do that is a Victorian Renewable Energy Target.