La­bor says re­new­able en­ergy tar­get out

Pilbara News - - Election 2017 - Nick But­terly

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.

Pic­ture: Si­mon Santi

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.

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