Matt Canavan said the Committee also found considerable gaps in understanding about the impact of wind turbines on human health.
Matt Canavan said the Committee also found considerable gaps in understanding about the impact of wind turbines on human health. Sharyn O'Neill

Canavan wants to level the playing field on renewable energy

SENATOR Matt Canavan has called for the government to treat renewable energy equally with other ways of reducing carbon emissions.

The Rockhampton-based Senator said wind and other renewable energy should receive equal assistance under the emissions reduction scheme, "not receive special treatment."

Mr Canavan was speaking following the release of the final report of the Senate Select Committee on Wind Turbines, which inquired into the regulatory governance and economic impact of wind turbines

He member of the Committee.

The senator said the renewable energy target would push up electricity prices and make the cost of living higher.

"Subsidies in the order of $500,000 for each wind turbine should be significantly reduced," he said.

"The Committee concluded that Australia's Renewable Energy Target - by providing substantial cross-subsidies to the wind industry - is promoting an unbalanced market for renewables in Australia, with an over-reliance on wind.

"Subsidising wind turbines is an inefficient and costly way to reduce carbon emissions and as a result is pushing up the cost of power in Australia unnecessarily."

Mr Canavan said the Committee had called for a Productivity Commission inquiry into the impact of wind power on retail electricity prices.

He said the sector also needed to be better regulated.

"The industry has avoided some of the regulations, guidelines and frameworks that apply to other energy producing sectors and we concluded it is high time the wind sector 'caught up'," he said.

The senator explained the Committee also found considerable gaps in understanding about the impact of wind turbines on human health.



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