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Wind farms in limbo

Greens call for State support

The Victorian Greens have weighed into debate involving stalled renewable energy projects across the state, including proposed multi-million-dollar wind farms in the Wimmera and Grampians-Pyrenees regions.

The Greens parliamentary leader Greg Barber said Victoria needed to commit to securing the projects regardless of Federal Government support.

He said The Greens had made a commitment to rekindle a Victorian Renewable Energy Target scheme and urged major political parties to do the same.

“The local renewables industry has ground to a halt due to uncertainty around the federal target,” Mr Barber said.

“There are 18 wind farms on hold across Victoria, and just last week a Mildura solar farm was shelved. This freeze is costing jobs, investment and slowing transition to a cleaner future.”

RES Australia is considering building a 32-square-kilometre $600-million wind farm at Murra Warra, between Horsham and Warracknabeal. But it is waiting for results of a review into a Federal Government Renewable Energy Target or RET scheme before pursuing the project.

The RET scheme provides financial incentives for firms to ensure that renewable sources generate 20 percent of Australia’s electricity by 2020.

Murra Warra

While RES Australia is considering the Murra Warra project, which would involve more than 100 windmills across 22 properties, it is already well advanced in developing a 75-mill Ararat Wind Farm.

Mr Barber: “The Victorian Renewable Energy Target was never abolished, it was just mothballed in 2009 when participants moved over to the federal scheme. It has become clear that the national RET isn’t doing the job, so we need to fire the Victorian target back up.


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Posted on Aug 27 2014

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