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    • NSW Government’s new Emerging Energy Program is “paltry”

  • The NSW Government’s $55 million Emerging Energy Program is a tentative first step towards transitioning the state’s economy to clean energy but it lacks ambition and still significantly lags the ACT and South Australia, and other states, according to the Nature Conservation Council (NCC), a Repower partner.

    “The package lacks ambition and will not close the gap between NSW and other states that have acted more boldly to ramp up renewables and reduce their climate pollution,” said NCC Senior Climate and Energy Campaigner Dr Brad Smith.

    “We are calling on the government to re-invest $2 billion, or half of the proceeds, into a regional renewable energy fund that will underpin dispatchable clean energy, create jobs in wind and solar farms, and support households to install batteries.

    “The proceeds of the sale of Snowy Hydro was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest massively in clean energy and new technologies, but not a single cent from the Snowy Fund was reinvested in these areas.