NSW outlines renewable energy future

By ABC News:

The New South Wales Government has outlined its plans to boost the state’s use of renewable energy by the year 2020.

It has unveiled a 28-point draft plan to meet the target of 20 per cent renewable energy, which is in line with Commonwealth targets.

It hinges on getting the private sector to invest in solar, wind, geothermal and hydro projects.

Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy, Rob Stokes says the government will rely on a range of clean energy options to meet its targets.

“We’re not picking winners in the plan,” he said.

“The reality is in New South Wales we’ve got a bit of everything. We’ve got solar, we’ve got wind, we’ve got geo-thermal, we’ve got biomass, we’ve got wave energy.

“Wherever you look we’ve got huge renewable energy resources and we want to position ourselves to attract investors to innovate and to invest in more jobs, particularly in regional New South Wales.”

Energy Minister Chris Hartcher says the plan will not force a increase in power bills.

“Programs from renewable energy will not impose an additional cost on consumers, nor upon tax payers,” he said… Read more

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