The Star of the South offshore wind project in South Gippsland reportedly obtained finance late last year. I have written about this project previously and recently urged that it be fast-tracked. However the project has been delayed waiting approval from the Federal government. And the decision is in the hands of energy minister anti-wind politician Angus Taylor of whom the Australian Financial Review recently noted was “a formidable wind farm foe”. To counter this the Friends of the Earth recently ran a petition urging federal approval so that the project could proceed.
Organiser Cam Walker noted “The Star of the South (SOTS) windfarm proposed for a section of the coast off South Gippsland would be the largest offshore windfarm in the world and, in a very real sense, be a game changer for the energy system. The project’s predicted generation capacity totals 2,000 MW. The largest remaining coal powered generator in the Latrobe Valley is Loy Yang A, which has a maximum capacity of 2,200 MW. SOTS would provide for the energy needs of 1.4 million households. The project would create an estimated 12,000 jobs in the construction phase and 300 ongoing positions.”
This is an important local issue in South Gippsland both state and federally, if there ever was one. Here is a major project that could increase electricity supply and thus reduce price, eradicate local unemployment, utilise the Latrobe Valley infrastructure and be environmentally and greenhouse friendly. This project if fast-tracked could be an important part in the just transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. One wonders what the local (National Party) member has to say about all this.