WA Ranked Lowest in the Country for Renewable Energy Investments

Western Australia has been ranked last on the list of states pulling their weight to reach the Renewable Energy Target, according to the Clean Energy Council report which was released today.

WA has just one renewable energy project being built this year, which will only create 100 jobs and means our state’s renewable energy mix is only at nine per-cent.

WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said this is the result of former premier Colin Barnett’s inaction on attracting renewable energy investments during his eight years in government.

He said Labor’s defeat of the Liberal Government in the March election has provided a beacon of hope for renewable energy investments in WA.

“Barnett had an opportunity to deliver an equal playing field for renewable energy projects to connect he grid but the blew it,” he said.

Today’s report has shown of the $7.5 billion in investments across Australia, WA only has $50 million worth of renewable energy investment coming online this year.

“Instead we buy capacity credits from other states on projects where 4000 jobs are being created this year alone, jobs that should be here in WA,” said Senator Ludlam.

He said he is looking forward to working with Premier Mark McGowan to get WA back on track.

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