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Victoria’s outstanding potential for renewable energy is being neglected

Victoria missing out on renewable energy   July 23, 2012    Victoria is “blessed” with its renewable energy capacity: Tim Flannery. The Climate Commission says Victoria’s renewable energy resources are barely being tapped.

Chief climate commissioner Professor Tim Flannery says we are entering a new chapter of climate change and Victoria should be making a sharp shift to renewable energy such as wind and solar power. “Victoria has got fabulous wind resources, the envy of places like Europe and fantastic solar resources too,” Professor Flannery said.

“So the renewable energy capacity for the state is massive and it’s
barely being tapped at the moment.

“This state is really blessed in terms of it’s renewable energy capacity.”

The 12th report of the Climate Change Commission also predicts the
number of very high, to extreme fire days in the state will increase
over the next few decades.

Professor Flannery says the research paints a clear picture of
Victoria’s changing climate.

“There are significant threats to the state in terms of everything
from water availability, to increasing temperatures to health risks,”
he said.

“We can see already that things are changing again as human-made
greenhouse gasses are starting to impact.

“You’re going to see things like rising sea levels which will have
impacts in Melbourne places like Hobson’s Bay as well as many areas of
the coast.

“We’re going to see more extreme weather events and again we’re
already seeing some of that with these very long droughts and very wet
periods and increased bushfire risks.”

July 23, 2012 - Posted by | Victoria, wind

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