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Too many turbines needed: Simon Ramsay

Simon Ramsay.

Simon Ramsay.

Liberal Member for Western Victoria Simon Ramsay believes an Andrews State Government drive to reach a renewable-energy target of 40 percent by 2025 is reckless and will change the landscape of regional Victoria forever.
Mr Ramsay said there was a danger the western Victorian landscape was particularly vulnerable.
“The once tranquil hinterlands and pastures of food-production land will be churned into a seething mass of industrial machinery that will, as they are constructed, start to choke out the traditional use of the western plains into a concrete and steel mecca,” he said.
“Not content with having a sensible energy mix of coal, gas and renewables, Premier Daniel Andrews has been pushed by ideological latte-drinking metro-living greenies to protect his Labor-held seats.”
Mr Ramsay said Mr Andrews, while pursuing a state Renewable Energy Target, RET, that would lock underground a ‘plentiful supply of cheap, stable coal and gas’ would instead ‘pollute the above-ground landscape with concrete and steel wind turbines, which will only provide intermittent power and only when the wind blows’.
“The scale of the impact of this dangerous and reckless ideologically-driven policy needs examination,” he said.
“It pays no regard to a national approach and no thought to the cost of power for the consumer or the cost to the taxpayer of subsidies.
“Victoria has 676 wind turbines operating, mainly in western Victoria, producing about 1265 megawatts.
“There are 1023 approved wind turbines awaiting construction, which are expected to produce 2659 megawatts.
“Between the constructed and approved, there will be a total of 1699 turbines spread across regional Victoria.
“But that’s not even half of what will be required.
“If you use the Australian Energy Market Regulator’s 2017 Victorian Government Planning Report figures, the government intends, and needs, to purchase 5400 megawatts of renewable generation to reach its 2025 target.
“This will overcome the loss of the Hazelwood Power Station’s 1600 megawatts and bring total wind generated power to 6889 megawatts.
“A rough calculation would then suggest regional Victoria would need to host 3564 wind turbines, mostly in western Victoria, to produce the power required to meet the RET.
“To put that in a landscape scale Mr Andrews will populate western Victoria with five times more turbines than are currently operating, with a cost of $3-billion to the Victorian taxpayer and without any certainty it will provide reliable power generation, drop power prices or have any effect on reducing green-house gas emissions.
“That is a big price for Victoria to pay regardless of your philosophical view of ‘feel good green power’.”

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