Labor to focus on growing renewable energy to tackle climate change and create the jobs of the future

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A Foley Labor Government will prioritise addressing the issue of climate change – by supporting the growth of the renewable energy sector in NSW.

Labor knows that climate change is one of the most serious threats facing our state and country – and we must play our part in addressing this challenge.

Labor will support the growth of the renewable energy sector in NSW – as well as creating jobs and economic opportunities across the state.

Under Labor’s clean energy plan, we will:

  • Maintain the state’s electricity network in public ownership in order to support the growth of decentralised and renewable energy, including battery storage;
  • Legislate a 20 per cent renewable energy target by 2020 for NSW;
  • Invest $37.4 million to replace fluorescent and incandescent lighting with LED technology in hospitals – cutting power bills by approximately $72.6 million over 15 years;
  • Remove the Coalition Government’s draconian restrictions on approvals for wind farm developments – encouraging the wind industry whilst ensuring proper community consultation with affected communities;
  • Ensure the Hunter region is a Renewable Energy Hub - investing $14 million in helping the region capitalise on the opportunities in a low carbon global economy;
  • Provide consumer protections for solar households and ensuring a fair price for those who sell excess energy back to the grid;
  • Purchase electricity for NSW Government departments and agencies from renewable sources where possible. 

A Foley Labor Government will pursue a program of clean and affordable energy as we tackle the issue of climate change and our growing energy needs.

Quotes attributable to Labor Leader Luke Foley: 

“Labor understands the threat posed by climate change and the need to act.

“We will focus on obtaining a greater share of our energy needs from renewable sources – which will help address the threat to our environment.

“By supporting the growth of the renewable energy sector in NSW we will boost jobs and create greater economic opportunity.

“As a state, we must pursue greater energy efficiency and cleaner energy sources.

“Labor’s plan for a clean energy future to address the threat of climate change stands in stark contrast to the Liberals who are high on rhetoric rather than action.

“The growth of the renewable energy sector provides exciting opportunities for job and wealth creation in regions, particularly an area like the Hunter that has world class institutions and research.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Energy Adam Searle: 

“NSW is responsible for 31 per cent of the country’s economy and we must play our role in addressing the issue of climate change.

“Labor’s plan will see a focus on renewable energy.  This is not just good for our environment, but it will allow the NSW to capitalise on the clean energy job opportunities of the future.”