Labor says renewable energy target out
Labor leader Mark McGowan has been forced to declare there will be no State renewable energy target under his leadership should he become premier.
The pledge comes amid heated debate nationally about the role of renewables in power shortages and prices. On Wednesday, Mr McGowan said repeatedly State Labor had no commitment to a renewable energy target, though the party backed a “broad mix” of generation capacity.
“There will be no renewable energy target at a State level under any government I lead,” he said.
Shadow energy minister Bill Johnston was recently forced to issue a statement saying Labor would not introduce a State-based energy target.
That came after recordings emerged of Mr Johnston telling the National Environmental Law Association State conference in October the party had a clear target. At its 2015 State conference, WA Labor congratulated the ALP national conference on its 50 per cent renewable target by 2030.
Roger Cook and Mark McGowan at the Rudloc Road Medical and Dental Centre in Morley, where Mr McGowan announced Labor would have no renewable energy target.