Tuesday 11th September 2018
The three new wind farms contracted under the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) will see Victoria overtake South Australia to become the nation’s clean energy capital, said the Australian Wind Alliance today.
Three new Western Victorian wind farms—Dundonnell, Mortlake and Berrybank—will add 673.5 megawatts to Victoria’s total wind energy capacity, bringing it to a massive 3,743 MW by 2020. That is 70 per cent more wind energy capacity than South Australia.
By 2020, wind farms will be producing 10 per cent more electricity than the retired Hazelwood power station produced when it was operational.
“While the Federal government flounders for a credible and effective energy policy that will bring down prices, here is a clear solution to deliver lower prices and green jobs for Victorians,” said Andrew Bray, National Coordinator, AWA.
“Victoria’s energy system is changing before our eyes, and the state will soon be the nation’s clean energy capital. Clean wind and solar power is providing electricity for millions of homes and businesses that until now depended on burning coal.
“By unlocking the state’s extraordinary wind resources, Victoria can sharply drive down power sector emissions and create long-term, meaningful jobs in regional communities.
The 4.2 megawatt turbines planned for the Dundonnell Wind Farm will generate more energy than any turbine currently installed in Australia.
“Wind turbine technology is getting more advanced by the day, and producing more energy at lower costs. This is delivering lower prices for consumers from clean energy,” said Andrew Bray.
“Significant funding commitments for host farmers and community groups through Community Enhancement Funds will also contribute to the economic strength of local communities and keep farmers on the land.
A second round of the VRET is scheduled before 2025 but a leadership change in the November election could see the scheme scrapped.
“A promise to scrap the next round of the VRET is a promise to stop the lower prices, clean energy, jobs, and community benefits that Victoria’s transition to clean energy is delivering,” said Andrew Bray.
“Instead of undermining the good work being done at the state level, the federal government should be replicating the Victorian scheme’s success and ensuring that all Australians get the cheap energy, green jobs, and economic growth they deserve,” he added.