By Andrew WilsonThe Department of Agriculture (DA) has been told it has to save as many as 100 jobs in its northern NSW wind farm in the next 12 months as part of a massive overhaul of the state’s energy portfolio.
In a draft submission to the Department of Energy and Resources, the department said it will be able to save $1.8 billion in its next three years if it cuts or suspends jobs at four wind farms in northern NSW.
The move comes after the government slashed $3.7 billion in annual funding for the state farm sector in 2016-17.
The Department’s chief executive, Tim Pallas, said the wind farm announcement will help deliver on the Government’s commitment to cut energy bills.
“The proposed restructuring of the electricity market is a key element in delivering on the promise of delivering a low carbon economy,” Mr Pallas said.
“I look forward to working with the State Government to further strengthen the grid by ensuring that we have a resilient and resilient wind industry in the coming years.”
We are confident that with our proposed restructuring we will be back on track to meet our 2020 renewable target.
“Mr Pallas added that the Government would continue to invest in the industry, but would also support the private sector.”
These changes are expected to be completed in the near future, and we look forward for an announcement on those details in the months ahead,” he said.
The four wind farm sites are located in the Murray-Darling Basin and the Murray Hills.
The proposed wind farm is expected to reduce the state energy bills by about $1,000 per household.
In March, the State Cabinet agreed to a package of reforms to help the Murray Darling basin recover from the impacts of the devastating 2016 bushfires.
In the budget, the Government announced a $1 billion funding package for the Murray River Valley, the Murray Head, and the Eastern Suburbs.
The Murray River basin is the largest source of energy in the state.
The Government said it would use the money to increase the flow of electricity to areas such as the Murray Valley and help mitigate the impact of climate change.”
It will also help us to provide clean energy in a more resilient way for our people and the environment.””
We will be doing more to manage the impacts from the fires, but also ensure the Murray Waters are not over-grazed.”
It will also help us to provide clean energy in a more resilient way for our people and the environment.
“The Murray-Murray Heads have the highest rate of electricity use per person in the region, but Mr Karkus said there was a “good opportunity” to reduce demand and reduce energy use.”
To do that we need to be careful about how we move the resources and the infrastructure around and that’s where the Murray Energy and Water project comes in,” he added.
Mr Karkos said the Government had a number of options available to it.
Mr Kordas budget highlighted $6 billion for new renewable energy projects, including a $6 million investment in the Northern Rivers Project.”
What’s important for us to do is make sure we’ve got enough new energy to meet the needs of our future generations,” he told the ABC.
This is the first time the Murray government has announced major policy changes.
However, the budget did not set a timeline for when the new wind farms would be operational.