MP: renewable energy jobs if only coalition changed

GREENS MP Jeremy Buckingham says regional NSW could be a powerhouse for renewable energy jobs if the Coalition changed its stance on clean electricity.

A report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance released this month found large-scale investment in renewable energy fell 88% in Australia last year to $240 million - the lowest investment since 2002.

Mr Buckingham attributed the plunge to the Abbott Government's "dumb opposition to renewable energy".

"Billions of dollars and associated jobs in the renewable energy sector are being lost to the detriment of regional economies," Mr Buckingham said.

"The mining sector has gone from boom to bust, with mines being mothballed and workers being sacked.

"Regional NSW could be a powerhouse for clean energy, but right now the National and Liberal Parties are deliberately wrecking the sector for purely political reasons."