A sustainable energy lobby group says the Queensland Government should have kept its wind farm assets if it is serious about reducing greenhouse emissions.
The State Government has sold off its wind farms in Queensland, Victoria and South Australia for just over $460 million, in order to fund projects to reduce the state’s impact on climate change.
But Queensland Sustainable Energy Industry Group spokeswoman Wendy Miller says there has been no guarantee the money will be put towards an environmentally friendly future.
“The wind farms won’t stop operating but it means someone else will be able to claim that low carbon benefit and then the Queensland Government will approve another coal power station or a gas power station that produces much more greenhouse gas emissions than a wind farm,” she said.
Ms Miller says the move defies logic.
“If you have a government policy that’s aimed on reducing Australia’s overall emissions, why would you sell off one of the good things that you can put against your own balance sheet?” she said.
“They could have said, ‘Well we own all of these wind farms and that’s helping Australia out by this amount of carbon reduction’.”
30 November 2007
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