Media Release

26 April 2020

NSW Labor has welcomed the Liberal-National Government’s commitment to grow renewable energy but called for clear targets and timelines to achieve this.

Labor Leader in the Legislative Council and Shadow Minister for Climate Change & Energy, Adam Searle, said NSW should aim to reach at least 50 per cent renewable energy over the next decade.

“Cutting planning red tape to facilitate flexibility and innovation in the renewables sector is good start. But we need to plan for how we encourage and manage this growth and change in the energy market,” Mr Searle said.

“NSW residents are embracing clean energy with about 490,000 homes and small businesses installing small-scale solar. It is time for the Liberals and Nationals to properly embrace it with clear goals for what the state should achieve over the next decade” — Adam Searle MLC, Shadow Minister for Climate Change & Energy

“Renewables play a major role in battling climate change but the sector and the cheaper energy it produces must be central to our economic recovery in the wake of bushfires and COVID-19.

“While it’s encouraging to see a fresh focus on the clean energy industry, NSW deserves to know exactly how and when Energy Minister Matt Kean plans to make this green dream a reality.”