The Clean Energy Council says that today's milestone announcement by the Victorian Government will be critical to kick-starting the state's offshore wind industry.
Offshore wind is emerging as a major long-term opportunity for Australia and has been a strong focus for many other countries worldwide.
Blue Economy CRC's recent report found that Australia has competitive offshore wind resources and that the industry could deliver substantial benefits to our power system and economic and social benefits to regional communities.
Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton said that the announcement sends a positive signal to investors.
"Victoria can be an offshore wind powerhouse and the zone off the Gippsland coast has been recognised by the Australian Energy Market Operator as being critical to the clean energy transition.
"The technology will be a cornerstone of a clean, modern electricity grid.
"Additionally, offshore wind projects and their proximity to regions most impacted by the retirement of fossil fuel generators will provide critical job opportunities for workers and their communities."
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