Wind and solar “key” to new energy plans, Australian minister says


Renewable energy will be a “key part” of the new Australian government’s plans, a minister told reporters Monday, after the sector suffered a decline in investment under the previous administration of Tony Abbott.

“I think wind farms, I think solar, I think they all have a role to play,” the new Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg told ABC radio.

Frydenberg was appointed Sunday by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who ousted Abbott in a surprise party vote last week.

It is a marked turnaround in the government’s direction from previous premier Abbott who declared wind turbines ugly, and slashed funding to renewable energy projects.

Industry uncertainty about the future of wind and solar under the Abbott government led to an 88-per-cent decline in investment over the past 12 months, the report said.

Even though Turnbull has said he will stick to the Abbott government’s climate change policies, Clean Energy Council policy manager Darren Gladman said his comments were “extremely positive.”

“Australia has some of the best renewable energy resources in the world, and we believe the new cabinet can see the job and investment benefits of these newer forms of energy for rural and regional areas of the country,” Gladman said in a press release.