Wind Farms in Victoria
The development of renewable energy is part of a strategy to maintain a range of options by which Victoria is able to meet its future energy needs. As the Victorian economy grows electricity consumption is projected to increase by over 15% by the year 2020. As consumption increases beyond the current capacity to supply Victorians will need to make decisions about where their energy is to come from.
fuels are likely to remain a cornerstone of Victoria's energy production
for many decades, increasing the proportion of energy from renewable
sources is part of a balanced energy strategy. Wind energy facilities
have the potential to meet a significant proportion of Victoria's growth
in electricity consumption over the next ten years.
The Victorian Greenhouse Strategy released in June 2002 outlines the Government's commitment to the reduction of greenhouse emissions. From 1990 to 1999 Victoria's greenhouse gas emissions grew by 15.9%. Victoria's share of total national emissions increased from 19.7% in 1990 to 21.3% in 1999, with over half of the emissions resulting from electricity generation.
Electricity generation was responsible for the majority of Victorian stationary energy emissions (77%) or 55% of total net Victorian emissions.
More than 95% of Victoria's electricity comes from the combustion of brown coal in the Latrobe Valley. The abundance and availability of this fossil-fuel resource enables Victorians to enjoy low energy prices. However electricity generated from brown coal is particularly greenhouse gas intensive and when the environmental impacts are taken into consideration the real costs are much higher. The Victorian Government is committed to working with the electricity industry to reduce the greenhouse emissions from brown coal generation.