Analysis by Sinclair Knight Mertz estimate the Macarthur and Oaklands projects have pumped $67 million into the local economy, employed around 900 people during construction, and will provide 52 ongoing jobs.
A study by Friends of the Earth found that the Coalition’s anti-wind energy policy has put a stop to industry development in Victoria.
Investment has moved to South Australia where the wind sector has boomed.
Wind generated electricity supplies 26% of the total power to South Australia reaching up to 80% during some peak occasions and has also exported power to Victoria through the grid connect.
“South Australia has been the main beneficiary of VC82, with massive development of the wind sector in recent years. Job opportunities, investment and income for farmers and local Councils have moved west as a result,” says Ewbank.
Environmental and community groups are calling on the premier to reconsider his decision and bring wind energy investment back to the state.