The latest of a long line of recent inquiries into wind power has found nothing new, while making a series of radical recommendations that would destroy the future of renewable energy, the Clean Energy Council said today.

Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton said the report of the committee was circulated to journalists before it had been seen by the industry or the Australian Parliament, showing the entire exercise for what it was – a biased political stitch-up by a small group of senators opposed to the cheapest forms of renewable energy.

“Adopting these reckless recommendations would damage Australia’s  international investment reputation, right when we are finalising major agreements with some of our biggest trading partners,” Mr Thornton said.

“Business needs stability and confidence to invest, and this has only recently been restored to the renewable energy sector after 18 months of uncertainty.

“Hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of projects have been announced since a deal on the Renewable Energy Target was legislated, and these will create hundreds of jobs and major investment in regional and rural areas of the country.

“Adopting the headline recommendation of this report would be economically reckless, and shows some of the senators are out of touch with the business community and the Australian people, who overwhelmingly support renewable energy.

“Australians should be disappointed with this Senate inquiry, given the clear breach of proper parliamentary process and the way it has been used to prosecute a personal crusade by a small number of senators.”

Mr Thornton said the wind industry remained open to scrutiny, as it always had been, provided that scrutiny was objective and based on evidence.

“The wind industry remains committed to constant improvement in the way it interacts with the local communities surrounding wind farms, and to treating all community members with respect,” he said.

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