“Australia’s energy transition to renewables” by Ag Energy Taskforce

The Ag Energy Taskforce includes membership from:

National Irrigators’ Council, National Farmers’ Federation, Queensland Farmers’ Federation, NSW Farmers, Victorian Farmers’ Federation, Cotton Australia, Bundaberg Regional Irrigators’ Group, Dairy Australia, Australian Grape & Wine, Canegrowers, Pioneer Valley Water (Mackay, Q), Central Irrigation Trust (SA), Murrumbidgee Groundwater Inc., AgForce Qld, Tasmanian Farmers & Graziers, Fruit Growers Tasmania.   

Members of Australia’s peak agriculture bodies have expressed serious concern that, as Australia’s energy transition to renewables occurs across rural and regional communities, infrastructure and renewable developers are not properly considering the social and economic impacts on farmers and broader rural communities.

At a meeting of the Ag Energy Taskforce in August, members highlighted the lack of genuine consultation with landholders who are being asked to host solar and wind generators and electricity infrastructure. Thousands of kilometres of transmission lines are needed to enable renewable wind and solar power to connect to the grid that provides energy to industries, cities, and regional communities.

Read the Communique: capricornenterprise.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Ag-Energy-Taskforce_Communique_-September-2023.pdf

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