Greens: Government falling short when it comes to renewables
GREENS NSW MP John Kaye has said the NSW government is not doing enough to meet its renewable energy targets.
The 2015 annual report on the progress of the NSW Government's Renewable Energy Action Plan, the second such report on the plan, reveals that the NSW Liberal-National government is falling far short of meeting its target of 20% renewable energy by 2020, he said.
According to the report's statistics on generation by fuel type, the percentage contribution to electricity generation by coal has increased from 79.5% to 82.3% from 2014 to 2015.
At the same time, the percentage of renewables has decreased from 12.9% to 10.8%.
"Since the development of their Renewable Energy Action Plan, coal fired electricity generation as a percentage of output has actually increased in NSW," Dr Kaye said.
"In 2014, the NSW Liberal National government claimed they wanted to make NSW the 'California of Australia' when it came to renewable energy generation.
"The failure to increase output in renewable energy generation shows a staggering lack of competency from the Baird-Grant government.
"At this rate, the government will fail to even meet their modest target of 20% renewable energy by 2020.
"The absence of a comprehensive, binding renewable energy scheme in NSW is condemning the industry to slow growth and lost jobs.
"Without a state focus on boosting clean energy, the federal government's continued attacks on the renewable energy sector are likely to stall any further move away from a reliance on coal.
"At risk is $9 billion worth of investment in renewable energy projects and the potential to create tens of thousands of new jobs."