The NSW Labor Opposition has announced further renewable energy commitments, which will be implemented if it wins the 23 March state election.

Its plan will also:

  • Deliver at least 50 per cent renewables by 2030
  • Ensure that all of the NSW Government’s electricity comes from renewable energy sources by 2025
  • Hold a Climate Change Summit and introduce a Climate Change Act into the NSW Parliament
  • Deliver zero net emissions by 2050

These commitments come on top of previous promises that a NSW Labor Government will:

  • Create 500,000 new solar homes with a $2200 rebate for solar
  • 7GW of large-scale renewables by 2030, with 6GW delivered through reverse auctions and 1GW through a new state-owned corporation
  • $11 million to train and accredit renewable energy electricians

Smart Energy Council response

The Smart Energy Council welcomed the announcements by NSW Labor and urged the NSW Government to match these commitments.

Smart Energy Council CEO, John Grimes, said, “New South Wales will go from follower to leader if these policies are implemented.

“The truth is New South Wales has missed out on the jobs, investment and business opportunities that flow from a strong smart energy economy.

“It is simply not good enough that only 13 per cent of NSW’s energy comes from renewable sources, and only 6 per cent of the NSW Government’s own electricity comes from renewables.

“We are facing a climate emergency, and we must do whatever we can to maximise the amount of solar, storage and renewable energy that we are generating.”

Lauren Butler

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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