NSW Labor announce Australia’s biggest and best renewables policy

NSW Labor announce Australia’s biggest and best renewable energy policy

The NSW Labor Party has today announced plans for the biggest rollout of renewable energy in Australia’s history, according to peak industry body the Smart Energy Council.

“This is an absolute game-changer,” said John Grimes, CEO of the Smart Energy Council.

“New South Wales will go from laggard to leader if the NSW Opposition’s commitment to 7 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2030, including 4 gigawatts in its first term, is implemented.”

“We are facing a climate change emergency and we need to do whatever we can to shift NSW’s energy network to renewable energy. NSW Labor has outlined a smart plan for a smart energy future with today’s announcement and last week’s commitment to 500,000 new solar homes.”

“NSW Labor’s renewables policy is a stark contrast to the anti-renewables, climate change denying approach of the Morrison Government.”

“Just two weeks ago, the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said ‘We don’t want to go down a path of renewables.’ The Morrison Government still has no national energy policy or climate change policy.”

“The Smart Energy Council calls on the NSW Government to also support the rollout of seven gigawatts of renewable energy through reverse auctions. We look forward to continuing to work with all political parties to deliver smart energy policy.”

The NSW Opposition Leader, Michael Daley, today announced that a NSW Labor Government would:

· use a series of competitive tenders and long-term contracts with the private sector to build 6 gigawatts of clean and cheaper energy, with storage; and

· establish a new State Owned Corporation to deliver a further 1 gigawatt of renewable energy generation and storage.

/Public Release.