Labor Opposition calls on O'Farrell to support wind energy


The NSW Labor Opposition has called on the O'Farrell Government to drop its hostility to wind farms and embrace the $3 billion opportunity the wind industry offers NSW.

"The O'Farrell Government should use today's Cabinet meeting to come out in support of wind energy in NSW," Shadow Energy Minister, Luke Foley said today.

"The O'Farrell Government needs to tell the wind industry that NSW is open for business and chase the jobs, investment and clean energy that wind can provide.

"Victoria's restrictive wind policy will drive $3 billion in investment out of the State and if NSW moves decisively, we can secure hundreds of new jobs and billions of dollars in new investment.

"We cannot afford to lose billions of dollars in investment opportunities because the O'Farrell Government won't support the valuable wind energy industry in NSW.

"NSW has a 20 per cent Renewable Energy Target and wind is the cheapest form of large scale renewable energy to help meet this goal.

"Climate change is a huge challenge facing us all. NSW needs to be on the right side of history when it comes to embracing renewable energy for the future.

"Rather than attacking wind energy, the O'Farrell Government should require its own Planning Review to come up with a sensible and workable planning regime for the development of the wind industry in NSW."

Mr Foley added that the hypocrisy of Greens MPs on wind farms was outrageous.

"The Greens led a 2009 Legislative Council inquiry into rural wind farms which called for the implementation of  minimum setback of two kilometres," Mr Foley said.

"The Labor Members of the committee wrote a dissenting report from the committee findings rejecting mandatory setbacks.

"Once again, we see the Greens full of hot air on the issue of wind energy."